This Week in Kansas City History

The Wight Stuff

Nelson Art Gallery Exterior

January 22, 1882: William D. Wight, who, along with his brother Thomas, will create the architecture firm of Wight & Wight that will leave a neoclassical look on such famous Kansas City landmarks as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Jackson County Courthouse, and City Hall, is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Ringing in the New

Construction view of Convention Hall, 1900

December 31, 1900: Fifteen thousand of Kansas City's elite brave the cold to usher in the new century at Convention Hall. In just 50 years, the region that is now greater Kansas City had grown from a few small towns into a thriving metropolitan area of 268,000.


Strange Bedfellows

Nell Donnelly

December 16, 1931: Nell Donnelly, a Kansas City dress manufacturer, and her chauffeur, George Blair, are kidnapped and held hostage in a cottage near Bonner Springs, Kansas, only to be released two days later without paying ransom.


Forgotten, But Not Gone

Nelle Nichols Peters, Architect. Photo credit Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society Archives

December 11, 1884: Nelle Nichols Peters, whose architectural skills will leave their mark on nearly 1,000 Kansas City apartment buildings and residences, is born in Niagara, North Dakota.


Prelude in KC

Virgil Thomson

November 25, 1896: Virgil Thomson, who will become an acclaimed composer, music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, and a major influence on American music, is born in Kansas City, Missouri.


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