From the JCHS Executive Director
JCHS Administrative Offices
JCHS will recognize award winners at its upcoming Jan. 22 annual dinner
The Jackson County Historical Society will recognize several individuals and organizations for their contributions to local history at its upcoming annual dinner.
The event starts at 6 pm. Individual tickets are $75 and a table of eight is $750. Tickets can be purchased online or from the JCHS office.
The event will be held inside The Barn, located on the historic site.
The 2014 award winners who will be recognized 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.
JCHS News and Updates
Look for a new book about the history about the livestock industry which helped make Kansas City a midwestern trade and agricultural center. Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales is the latest book by Kansas City attorney and author Edward T. Matheny Jr. and available from JCHS for $25.
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.
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.
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