German exhibit opens in April

German exhibit opens in April

Join the Jackson County Historical Society for a new exhibit featured at the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum. Coming to Missouri: German Migration in the 19th Century explores the massive influx of German immigrants that came to Missouri.

There is a special open house for the exhibit on Thurs., April 27th at the 1859 Old Jail on the Independence Square. The opening is free.

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Ginger Rogers' Independence birthplace to open as house museum

Ginger Rogers' Independence birthplace to open as house museum

The birthplace of Ginger Rogers at 100 W Moore Street in Independence, Missouri is being renovated and will open as a small museum open to the public this summer.

Rogers was born in a tiny room in the 1906 Craftsman Bungalow on July 16, 1911. Her mother, Lela, worked as a secretary nearby, and later was a Hollywood script writer and Rogers’ manager.

The Ginger House will be open to the public during a July 15-16, 2017 grand opening. The weekend will include a “Ginger Festival” with a dinner, silent auction, presentations, and tours of the home.

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JCHS Announces Annual Award Winners

JCHS Announces Annual Award Winners

The Jackson County Historical Society will recognizes three distinguished history-related efforts with awards during its Jan. 19th annual meeting and dinner.

The award winners are Wide Awake Films, FamilySearch and a book about Kansas City collectibles.

Two JCHS volunteers - John Campbell (Archives and Research Library) and April Milam (1859 Jail Museum) - will also be recognized for this efforts.

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A Journalist's Index of Local History available online

A Journalist's Index of Local History available online

Sue Gentry, a long-time Independence journalist and Jackson County Historical Society leader, kept a handwritten index of events, dates and individuals which she found of interest.

The paper index helped her write extensively about local history and answers questions about the community's early development.

JCHS has digitized the personal index and made it available online as a historic resource.

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Three Kansas City sites nominated to National Register

Three Kansas City sites nominated to National Register

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently approved nominations of three Kansas City properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Nominated were:

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The Legacy of Walt Disney - A Story With Kansas City Roots

The Legacy of Walt Disney - A Story With Kansas City Roots

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. 

The two-part series on the PBS show American Experience shares how Walt Disney rose to cultural prominence through animation and his creation of Disneyland. Watch chapter one.

We recounted Disney's early career in a recent JCHS Journal article by Ron Green titled "The Roots of Animation in Kansas City."  

We also shared additional content including Disney-related locations in Kansas City and information about some of his Kansas City collaborators who helped build the Disney.

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Two downtown Kansas City properties nominated for the National Register of Historic Places

Two downtown Kansas City properties nominated for the National Register of Historic Places

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.

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Frank Adams passes

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.

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Funds approved for State Historical Society building

Funds approved for State Historical Society building

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.

 

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