Jackson County Historical Society's Steve Noll Takes A Postcard-Guided Tour of Kansas City Past

For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
Jackson County Historical Society's Steve Noll Takes A Postcard-Guided Tour of Kansas City Past

Postcards were the "instant messages" of their day, a means of communicating hometown pride, civic identity, and a visitor's curiosity. But where today's electronic missives disappear with a click, the images and notes on vintage postcards endure - doorways to lost worlds.

Steve Noll, executive director of the Jackson County Historical Society and a longtime postcard collector, leads an illustrated walk through Kansas City's postcard history on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The event - Iconic Kansas City from Our Postcard Past - is keyed to the exhibit, Greetings from Kansas City: Postcard Views of a Midwestern Metropolis, 1900-1950, currently on display at the Central Library. First shown in 2013, the exhibition is being reprised after earning the American Library Association's Excellence in Library Programming Award.

Once a cutting-edge example of social media, postcards now are viewed as a quaint, retro form of communication. But they provide a lesson in how cities tried to mold and manipulate their images through colorful and provocative photos, illustrations, and captions.

Noll reviews the history of Kansas City postcards and their portrayal of the many revered historical, cultural, and commercial icons associated with the city.

Noll has headed the Jackson County Historical Society in Independence since 2004 and is an officer of the Kansas City Postcard Club.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.orgor call 816.701.3407.

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