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 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 will be held Jan. 22 at the Alexander Majors Historic Home  Site, 8201 State Line Road Kansas City, MO. 

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

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Local author publishes new book about KC Cowtown

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.

Order your copy now.

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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