In seeking ways to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at his library, Plaza Branch Manager Joel Jones didn’t have to look far. There was a perfect partner just a few blocks away.
Most Kansas Citians have admired Hare & Hare’s work at one time or another. After all, the landscape architectural firm, now known as Ochsner Hare & Hare , just celebrated its 100th anniversary – a century spent reshaping and beautifying the area’s most iconic landscapes, such as the Country Club Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Liberty Memorial, Loose Park, Sunset Hill, and Mission Hills among them.
Though Kansas City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade  moved out of downtown several years ago, the historical imprint the Irish have left on our metropolitan landscape will never fade.
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered one of the most significant speeches of the 20th century on the campus of Westminster College  in Fulton, Missouri. The famous “Sinews of Peace” speech, with its reference to Europe’s “iron curtain,” is still remembered 65 years later. But the trip proved costly for the former British prime minister – on the eve of his speech, Churchill nearly lost his shirt to President Harry S. Truman in a poker game.
In the years before the Civil War, Kansas was a battleground. As Free State forces clashed with pro-slavery marauders from Missouri, a 40-something mother of four from Vermont waged a war of her own. As “Bleeding Kansas ” raged around her, Clarina Howard Nichols came into her own as a champion of equal rights for women and blacks.