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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Lee's Summit historic group raises funds for museum

The Lee’s Summit Historical Society plans to open its museum early next year in a refurbished 1939 post office.

The downtown post office is undergoing renovation, with money from a bond issue approved by Lee's Summit voters.

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.

Summer 2014 JCHS Journal published

The popular JCHS  Journal is just published. The 32-page full color issues includes articles about Harry Truman, Phog Allen, Walt Disney, early Independence and Kansas City in the 1940s.



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.


Ever wonder about that building ...

There is an interesting architecture/neighorhood renewal project unfolding in the heart of Kansas City, Mo.
The project is starting to restore a stone castle just south of the historic 18th and Vine District.

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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