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

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Mr. Jeffrey Moran in Fulton, Mo was cleaning house last weekend, and came across a great find and decided to share it with us. 

Published in 1906, "Kansas City. As It Is" is a short (112 page) booklet which presents pictures of virtually every public building, commercial structure and numerous residences throughout Kansas City. 

JCHS will be taking a couple of days off Tuesday (Truman Courthouse tours will still be available on Tuesday at 11am and 2pm) and Wednesday.  

Join us Thurs, Jan. 16 for our dinner with will be at the Inn at Unity Village - a historic district has been part of Jackson County since the 1920s.

We're working hard to get our extensive collection of books, prints, DVDs and other local history available for online viewing and shopping.

We are excited to be moving back into the renovated Truman Courthouse and hope to be open for the public starting Monday, Sept. 30th. 

This is an exciting time for JCHS and we hope you can drop by and see us. 

We appreciate the hospitality of Commerce Bank which provided us temporary space while the courthouse was being remodeled.


Ted Cauger Sr, a long-time member and one-time JCHS treasurer, died peacefully on June 3rd.

Ted enjoyed a rich and interesting life. His father, A.V. Cauger, was an early pioneer in animation business and gave a young Walt Disney a job.  Learn more.

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Did you know Phog Allen grew up in Independence?

The new movie Jawhawkers tells the story of Philadelphia-born future basketball star Wilt Chamberlin's decision to play basketball under the legendary coach Phog Allen who was coach at the University of Kansas.

While Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen made his name - and established his legendary status as a KU coach - he actually spent most his youth in Independence, Mo.

JCHS board member James S. “Jimmy” Johnson III died Jan. 13.

He was a longtime educator and re-enactor of African-American life during the Civil War era. He was 66.

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.

Clay County compiles its Civil War graves

Volunteers at the Clay County Archives and Historical Library have completed an impressive task - compiling 812 biographical narratives of Civil War soldiers buried in the county.

Details include their birth and death dates, unit and rank, and place of burial.

New JCHS Journal just published

JCHS has revived publication of its popular Journal with publication of a 32-page full color issue - the first journal since the spring of 2010.

The journal includes articles about county courthouse, George Caleb Bingham, Kansas City gospel music, a grasshopper plague and several other features.


JCHS receives Truman Heartland gift

The Jackson County Historical Society has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Truman Heartland Community Foundation to equip the Brady Courtroom for public programming. The courtroom is located in the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square.

Support JCHS when you shop on Amazon

Amazon.com recently announced  it would help support non-profits when customers shop online. The Jackson County Historical Society, along with literally a million other non-profits, can get .5% of each purchase made when you select JCHS and shop through smile.amazon.com where the same extensive online sections are available


Civil War on the Western Border website launches

A new website about the Civil War on the Western Border offers detailed information about the conflict along the Missouri-Kansas border.

This website engages Civil War buffs, scholars, students, and local residents in research and discussion on the Missouri-Kansas Border War that shook the region from 1854 to 1865.


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