Platte County Was Not Part Of Missouri In 1821 When the State Joined the Union
Platte County is part of the Platte Purchase which added the northwest section to Missouri in 1836. It was one of the last official acts of William Clark before his death. The signing of the treaties that allowed settlers to start coming into the area was held at Fort Leavenworth.
It is an adventure everytime I go to one of our local daycare facilities to present a storytime for the preschoolers. Every group of children is unique, a wonderful yet challenging reality. They love the rhymes, finger plays, songs, coloring sheets, and the many picture books, pop-up books, and lift-the-flap books that I get to share with them. Successful storytimes play a crucial part in making MCPL compelling; and MCPL has an amazing collection of resources for planning winning storytimes that will engage, entertain, and educate young readers.
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters.
The only thing I love more than travel is, well, "armchair travel." Have you noticed Lee's Summit's travel section lately? We’ve been bulking up our collection of travel guides for everywhere, from Chile to Colorado, Italy to China. We’ve got small guides, coffee table photo books, travel memoirs, and more. We’ve even got video from locations around the world.
On Thursday, October 28, Lee’s Summit’s laptime became a Little Spooks shindig with games, songs, and treats for all the toddlers. Little ones were costumed in princess dresses, cowboy clothes, ladybugs, Elmos, and Thomas the Train. After decorating trick or treat bags, we sang Halloween songs, walked the cake walk, played Spooky Bingo, and fished for treats in a bucket of balls. The final attraction was a parade around the circulation desk for everyone to enjoy. It appeared that all the two-year-olds had a spook-tacular time!
The Cheese-Rolling, Vegetation-Wearing, Bog-Snorkelling Land of My Ancestors
Lately, I’ve noticed something about myself. I’ve recently taken up the hobbies of gardening and bird watching. I like dark murky beers that most people think cost too much and taste too bitter. I read P.G. Wodehouse and watch Monty Python. I rather enjoy the sound of bagpipes. Blimey! I think I might be turning British.