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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David Jackson, the Jackson County Historical Society archivist, recently decided to retire following his long service to the historical society.

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JCHS helps Matheny publish new book about KC Cowtown

Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales is the latest book by Kansas City attorney and author Edward T. Matheny Jr.

 JCHS is selling the book for $25. Order your copy online.

Matheny has published earlier books on Southwest High School, KCPT, the St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and the history of his law firm.

This latest volume is a collaboration between Matheny, Jackson County Historical Society and Woodneath Press, new publishing service developed by the Mid Continent Public Library.

The publishing venture was featured in a Kansas City Star story about the on-demand publishing service.

The Kansas City livestock is attracting new attention.

The Kansas City Library has organized a new exhibit Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards which includes photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

This historical treasure trove chronicles the creation and steady growth of the stockyards in the West Bottoms, across the Kansas River, and into Kansas City, Kansas, over the span of 100 years.

The exhibit is at the Kansas City Central Library.

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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.

Kemper scrapbook index gets digitized

One of the rich unusual collections held by JCHS are several volumes of scrapbooks about Kansas City banker and civic leader William T. Kemper Sr. and his family.


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.

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


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