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JCHS finds 1947 Santa Cali Gon video
The Jackson County Historical Society recently posted a 1947 home video made of the the second-ever Santa Cali Gon festival held.
The Independence community festival celebrates the community's role in outfitting those leaving for the West along the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.
The 17-minute video is being edited by local filmmaker Jefferson to promote this year's festival held over Labor Day.
Check out our Santa Cali Gon page.
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
The Jackson County Historical Society has been publishing a local history journal since 1958. That's a lot of local history.
The State Historical Society of Missouri should get a new $35 million headquarters in downtown Columbia, Mo. based on state funding approved by the Missouri General Assembly.
Preliminary plans for the new building are for a 125,000 to 150,000 square feet building including a 100- to 125-seat auditorium. The bill still requires approval by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
Two Kansas City buildings are being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
Nominated are the The Fairfax Building, 101 W. 11th St., and the Interstate Bakeries Corporation Headquarters Building, 12 E. Armour Blvd.
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.
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.