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KCHistory and Civil War websites are undergoing maintenance

The Library is currently migrating its large collection of digital historic images to a new software platform. An unfortunate consequence of our data migration is that we need to take the entire collection offline for about two months while the work is completed.

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rendering of downtown stadium

In this installment of “What’s Your KC Q,” in which readers ask us questions about the city, we hear from Brian. He asked: “Is there any potential of relocating the Royals to downtown KC?” The short answer: Maybe, but it’d be a while.

How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
How much would you spend on the books, music, movies, classes, speaking and cultural events, and other resources that you get at no cost at the Library? Use our Library Value Calculator to see how much money we help you keep in your own pocket. Even that can’t fully capture the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Read more about ways we impact the lives of Kansas Citians by providing vital services and access to resources – to everyone, every day, for free.
 
Portrait of John McCoy

It sure seems like Kansas City ought to be named Missouri City, doesn’t it? Although, our neighbors to the north in Clay County where the actual Missouri City is located might have something to say about that. To better understand why Kansas City was given its name, we must first gain an understanding of why a city was established here, and also what was going on in the world at that time.
 

Five years ago, the Kansas City Public Library and its archival partners announced the launch of the website Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1854-1865. The numbers since then speak to its impact: some 608,000 online visitors and more than 1.3 million page views, with usage continuing to climb.
 
The Kansas City Public Library wants to extend a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2018.
 

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