Deltiologist Michael Bushnell Reveals the History Of Kansas City Neighborhoods Through Vintage Postcards

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For Immediate Release:
March 29, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Deltiologist Michael Bushnell Reveals the History Of Kansas City Neighborhoods Through Vintage Postcards

The history of Kansas City's neighborhoods is written not just in newspaper clippings and official documents. Their stories are told as well in postcards from the first half of the 20th century.

Local historian and postcard collector Michael Bushnell presents a series titled Greetings from Kansas City: Postcard Views of a Midwestern Metropolis, 1900-1950 on Sundays in April and May 2013 at 2 p.m. at select Kansas City Public Library locations.

The free talks are inspired by the postcard exhibit Greetings from Kansas City on display through May at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The exhibit features images chosen from 16,000 postcards in the Library's Missouri Valley Collections.

The schedule:

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Greetings from Independence
Program: 2 p.m. 
Trails West Branch,11401 E. 23rd Street
Taking the old Independence Road through the eastern environs of Kansas City toward Independence, it's easy to miss some of Kansas City's richest history. Mt. Washington Park and Cemetery, Fairmount Park, and a host of historic sites in Independence make it a perfect venue to see through the views of old postcards.

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Greetings from Eastside Kansas City
Program: 2 p.m. 
L.H. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect
The lake in Troost Park was once an encampment used by Mormons migrating to Independence. Linked together by Linwood Boulevard and The Paseo, Kansas City's East side is an area rich in history, as evidenced in these vintage postcard views.        

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Greetings from Brookside and Waldo
Program: 2 p.m. 
Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.
Named for a prominent turn-of-the-century business mogul, the area around Jacob Loose Park is still one of Kansas City's most beautiful areas largely due to the early planning of developer Jesse Clyde Nichols. Travel back in time and see the area through these views on century old, hand colored postcards.

Bushnell is publisher of the Northeast News, a weekly community newspaper that serves the Historic Northeast area of Kansas city. He is the author of Historic Postcards of Old Kansas City.

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Greetings from Historic Northeast
Program: 2 p.m. 
North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Road
This postcard tour of a bygone era offers views of Independence Boulevard (Kansas City's first boulevard) and the rugged beauty of the city's only urban Scenic Byway, Cliff Drive. Other featured spots include the Concourse, the Kansas City Museum, and breathtaking vistas across the Missouri River Valley.

 Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.