Kansas City Here I Come!
January 01, 2014
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!
Cowboys, gangsters, jazz artists, sports legends, entrepreneurs; we have an impressive collection of heroes and villains that shaped our region. And MCPL has some great resources to learn all about them.
- The Last Dance by Kevin Murphy tells the story of the night the skywalk fell at the Hyatt, a night burned on Kansas Citians’ collective memory.
- Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde by Giles Fowler shines the light of present day perspective on the multiple tragedies and subsequent scandal that befell the prominent Swope family a hundred years ago.
- Did you realize that basketball madness started in Kansas City! Tournament Town Kansas City by Blair Kerkhoff and the Kansas City Star, chronicles in pictures and prose college basketball tournament’s beginnings.
- The Union Station Massacre, a book by Robert Unger, tells how the bloody shootout in 1933--the one that left those bullet holes you can still see in the façade at Union Station--helped J. Edgar Hoover change the scope and power of the FBI forever.
- Check out Kansas City Ballet, the First Fifty Years by Wyatt Townley or Kansas City -- and All That’s Jazz by the Kansas City Jazz Museum. There are some great stories about our zoo in Kansas City Zoo Tales: A Wild 100 Year History by Ruth Seeliger. There’s even a great little book called Harzfeld’s a Brief History. Remember those white and green striped boxes?
If you’re curious, just type in Kansas City… or Kearney, or Raytown, or Lee’s Summit…as a subject search in the catalog and see what pops up. Our historical research databases are fun to search too. I found some interesting stuff in American Periodical Series. Dig in!