I can’t think of another piece of landscape of similar size where so many things have happened that have been of significance in the story of America.
— David McCullough Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Harry S Truman biographer

From the JCHS Executive Director

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The Jackson County Historical Society is looking to hire a new archivist/librarian for the county historical society.

JCHS is looking for highly qualified candidates to fill the position which includes managing the archives and collection, assisting researchers and other responsibilities.

If interested, please download the job description.

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Bridge, Murder and Domestic Violence

JCHS announces its latest murder trial

Plan to attend the JCHS living history event reenacting the well-known murder trial of a wife who kills her husband over a 1929 bridge game in Kansas City.

The case involves the murder trial of Myrtle Bennett who killed her husband. 

The case received national publicity and included a landmark defense by the brilliant Kansas City attorney James A. Reed, who had just retired from the US Senate.


The public event will be 2 pm on Sat., May 30th at the Brady Courtroom at the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. Tickets will be $10.

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JCHS recognizes award winners at  annual dinner

The Jackson County Historical Society recognized several individuals and organizations for their contributions to local history at its upcoming annual dinner.

The 2014 award winners are:

  • Historic Preservation Award: Historic Kansas City Foundation for 40 Years of Advocacy for our Built Environment
  • Bringing History to Life Award: R. Crosby Kemper III and Henry Fortunato for their roles in the Kansas City Library’s “Meet the Past” interview series
  • Local Group Making a Difference Award: The Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (MAGIC)
  • Local History Book of the Year Award: Bruce Mathews for Windows of Kansas City
  • Collaboration in History Award: Ed Matheny Jr. for publication of Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales in partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Volunteers of the Year Award: Paul White, Archives and Research Library and Timothy Truman, 1859 Jail Museum.

See a list of prior award winners.

New JCHS Journal Available Online

The Winter 2014 JCHS Journal is now available online.

We share this in support of our educational mission and hope you will consider supporting our organization.

JCHS News and Updates

News items
Missouri bicentennial focus group plans Kansas City session

The State Historical Society of Missouri is spearheading plans for commemorating the 200th anniversary of Missouri's statehood in 2021 and looking for ideas.

To that end, a Bicentennial Focus Group will be held in Kansas City area on Thurs, April 9th from 2-4 pm at the Midwest Genealogy Center located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055.

Death on Pleasant Street: A Tale of Murder and Intrigue

The Swope Mansion murders remain one of the most intriguing local history tales in the Kansas City region.

The story is recounted in a book "Death on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde" which is being read by a local book club.

KC Livestock history given to JCHS

Rich archival materials about the Kansas City Livestock Exchange have been given to the Jackson County Historical Society Archives at year's end.

The materials received included minutes from the Livestock Exchange's Board of Directors meetings  from 1886 to 1957 and three gorgeous volumes of photographs of exchange members - all men - totaling 282 portraits.

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