This Week in Kansas City History

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Let There Be Lights

Country Club Plaza Christmas Lights

December 25, 1925: A single strand of Christmas lights hangs on the Country Club Plaza’s first building, beginning a Kansas City tradition that continues today.


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.


Beautiful Dreamer

Meyer Memorial fountain at Meyer and Ward Parkway

December 2, 1905: August Meyer, a leader in Kansas City’s park and boulevard movement and president of the Municipal Improvement Association, dies.


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.