Are you new in town or just looking for a new group of people to hang out with? Do you have an interest or hobby and would like to meet others with whom you can share them? Did you know that there is a wide variety of social groups in the Kansas City area that you can join? They are called "Meetup" groups, and they can be found online at http://www.meetup.com/find/.
Have you ever gone to Union Station and poked a finger in the bullet holes left after the infamous shoot out of 1933? They’re still there! The eerie thrill of seeing them conjures legends and tall tales that I’ve heard since I was a little girl. Wouldn’t you like to know what really happened?
Where were you when the Hyatt Skywalk fell? Do you remember your grandparents’ stories about the Pendergast era? Have you ever put your fingers in the bullet holes in Union Station? Remember Harzfeld’s? Even though I’ve lived in the Kansas City area my whole life, when I recently put together a display featuring books on area history, I was amazed!
When I was younger, it was a tradition in most families to go downtown and look at the decorations and the store windows. If you did not have a car, you rode the bus. This was a tradition that could be found in towns and cities across the United States.
I chose this book, Vintage Kansas City Stories, because it looked interesting, and I was right, it is! It’s a collection of news stories, ads, and jokes from the Kansas City Journal 1907-1909. I read with interest one particular story about a statue of Venus brought from Florence, Italy in 1907 that was supposed to be donated to the Kansas City School Board but they rejected it.
The Waldo Story: The Home of the Friendly Merchants by Ladene Morton
When you ask a Kansas City native where they live, their response is the name attached to their neighborhood or housing subdivision. Waldo is the neighborhood bounded by State Line Road to the west, 85th Street to the south, Troost Avenue to the east, and Gregory Boulevard to the north. It was named for one of its original residents, David Waldo, who ran freight on the Santa Fe Trail.