From the JCHS Executive Director
Jackson County Historical Society welcomes Caitlin Eckard to our staff filling a full-time position as operations manager and responsible for overseeing the JCHS Archives.
Caitlin will join the JCHS staff on Sept. 1.
Eckard has an extensive background with regional historical organizations and has an undergraduate degree in history and masters in public history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Her experiences include arranging exhibits, educational programming, digitization, historical sites and working in archives.
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New JCHS Journal Available Online
The Summer 2015 JCHS Journal is now available online.
We share this in support of our educational mission and hope you will consider supporting our organization.
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.
JCHS News and Updates
The role of shoe shine boys at Union Station is being recognized with a new permanent exhibit which recently was unveiled.
The shoe shine stand was a prominent fixture in the bustling train station and staffed by enterprising mostly African-American young boys.
A new highly-regarded documentary on the life of Walt Disney is garnering new interest in the life of the well-known animator whose early career started in Kansas City.
We recounted Disney's early career in a recent JCHS Journal article by Ron Green titled "The Roots of Animation in Kansas City."
Two downtown Kansas City businesses are being considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The nominations are Commerce Trust Company Historic District, bounded by East 9th St., Walnut St., East 10th St. and Main St. and also the Ten Main Center, 910-920 Main St. which is just across the street.
Frank Adams, a fourth generation Jackson County farmer, died Aug. 7th at age 91. He died at his home, on land that had been in his family since 1844.
Adams was active in many historical organizations including the Jackson County Historical Society. He was also on many civic board including the Fort Osage School Board and chair of the Jackson County Planning Commission.
Adams was proud to be a fourth generation descendant of Lynchburg Adams, first (in 1819) permanent settler to come to Jackson County, and who was sixteen years old at that time. Lynchburg lost his first farm in Flood of 1844, then relocated to higher ground one mile south, which was later home to Frank and his wife Janann, who preceded him.
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.