From the JCHS Executive Director
Like many other historical organizations, the Jackson County Historical Society has begun the long process of digitizing our vast archival holdings.
Currently, staff and volunteers are working on scanning the large photograph collection that contains over 25,000 images.
Photographs are the number one requested item to view in our archive center which is one reason we chose to start there.
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.
JCHS Administrative Offices
OCTOBER GHOST TOURS ARE SOLD OUT!!!
TICKETS FOR THE 2017 SEASON GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017!
$20 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12. Children 6 and under are not allowed. The Ghost Tours take place every Friday night in October, 7&8 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. No refunds or transfers. Tour begins at the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum.
Guests will tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home for approximately 45 minutes, then take a spooky covered wagon ride around Independence Square. This event is hosted by Jackson Co. Historical Society, Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal, and Pioneer Trail Adventures. Please call 816.252.7454 if you have questions.
New JCHS Journal Available Online
The Summer 2016 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 Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently approved nominations of three Kansas City properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Nominated were:
- Plaza Towers, (Working-Class and Middle-Income Apartment Buildings in Kansas City, Missouri MPDF), 209 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, Kansas City, Jackson County
- Peters, Charles and Josephine, House, 1228 West 55th Street, Kansas City, Jackson County
- Ferd. Heim Brewing Company Bottling Plant, 507 North Montgall, Kansas City, Jackson County
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."
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.
Reminder, tickets for ghost tours in October go on sale Tuesday, September 6th. Link for tickets will be posted on FB, Twitter, and website.