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.
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JCHS Acquires Major Regional Photographic Collection
In July, JCHS formally announced it had acquired a regional photographic collection from Chris Wilborn.
The photographs go back to the early 1900s and may include over 500,000, if not more, images.
“I kept everything,” Chris Wilborn said in a newspaper article about the acquisition. “My dad kept all the negatives he shot.”
JCHS plans to scan the photographic negatives and eventually make them available online.
“The end goal is all online through JCHS,” said Executive Director Steve Noll who helped arrange the acquisition.
Learn more about the Wilborn collection.
JCHS helps publish new book about Paul Henning the creator of The Beverly Hillbillies
The Jackson County Historical Society has been instrumental in the publication of a new memoir about Paul Henning - the Kansas City-area native who was the creator of the Beverly Hillbillies.
The 280-page page, The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy is based on an unpublished manuscript by Henning's wife Ruth which was found in our archives.
The book shares Henning’s amazing life - working in early Kansas City radio, writing for celebrities and creating the widely popular television shows Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres.
Books are available for purchase at the Jackson County Historical Society bookshop in the Truman Courthouse or online at a special website for this project.
The manuscript, completed in 1994 was never published, but later was found in the Jackson County Historical Society archives among the papers of local historian and journalist Sue Gentry and a friend of the Hennings.
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.