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This week marks 43 years since Ralph Steadman visited a muggy Kansas City to cover the 1976 Republican National Convention for Rolling Stone magazine. Twelve of Steadman’s inimitable drawings ultimately were published alongside John Dean’s first-person story, “Rituals of the Herd.” Six of them - and six more Steadman illustrations from his time in Kansas City - are part of the traveling exhibit, Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective, on display at the Library’s Central Library through September 8, 2019.
In 2016, the Library marked the 40th anniversary of the ’76 Convention with a special exhibit, Republican Showdown in Kansas City, which included several pieces from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections. The MVSC houses a number of artifacts from the convention and, in conjunction with its 43rd anniversary and the Steadman retrospective, we thought we’d showcase a bit of both.
A recent KCQ story on the history of Kansas City’s Leeds neighborhood brought back fond memories for many former residents. Some reached out to us with additional information and photos illuminating life in long-ago Leeds.
In this week’s installment of “What’s your KCQ,” a nostalgic reader asks: “What was the name of the upscale restaurant in the downtown Kansas City airport? I remember eating there as a kid about 50 years ago.”
Reader Bob Granger, a former printer/typesetter, asked “What’s Your KCQ?” — a series in which we partner with the Kansas City Public Library to answer reader questions — why The Star punctuates its nameplate.
With Halloween right around the corner, we’re changing things up and asking readers, What’s Your KC Boooooo???
Drive past Children’s Mercy Hospital and you’ll be greeted by some unusual road signs. It’s some sort of animal helping to direct drivers to the hospital entrance amid construction on the new Children’s Research Institute, scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Known for her fiery rhetoric and fierce resolve, prohibitionist Carry Nation earned a national reputation by “smashing” saloons in Kansas and preaching against the evils of alcohol. Her work as a temperance movement leader began in the late 1800s and lasted until her death in 1911.