Kansas City Highlighted in C-SPAN Cities Tour

The Kansas City Public Library is featured in two segments of the latest C-SPAN Cities Tour, which takes the cable network's Book TV and American History TV on the road to highlight the history and literary life of a selected city. The Kansas City-centric episodes aired December 2 and 3, 2017, touching other things on the Stockyards Collection in the Library's Missouri Valley Special Collections and the upcoming website focusing on the city's rowdy Pendergast era. Videos are available for viewing online.

History of the Kansas City Stockyards Collection


Missouri Valley Special Collections manager Jeremy Drouin and archivist Kara Evans discussed the history of the Stockyards District in the West Bottoms and showcased photos, maps, and other materials archived in the Library's collection.


Kansas City During the Pendergast Era

Jason Roe
, the Library's digital history specialist, previewed the upcoming digital collection The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression, and how it will be used to explore the history of Kansas City during the mid 1920s to the late 1930s, a period when political boss Tom Pendergast exerted influence over the city.


C-SPAN Cities Tour Overview

On Saturday, December 2, Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Spectrum channel 226) offerings from Kansas City aired together in one block:

•    Author Pat O'Neill, Bottoms Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City – Browne's Irish Market Place
•    Author David Jackson, Changing Times: Almanac and Digest of Kansas City's LGBTQIA History – presentation held at the National Archives at Kansas City
•    Author Devin Fergus, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class
•    Author Diane Mutti Burke, On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 – The John Wornall House Museum

On Sunday, December 3, all of the history programming from the city aired on American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Spectrum channel 227), Segments explored the role the Missouri River played in trade and commerce with a visit to the Steamboat Arabia Museum with David Hawley. The Arabia was one of many steamboats to sink in the Missouri River. We learned about its recovery and the discovery of one of the largest collections of pre-Civil War artifacts. We also visit the historic African-American business district where Bob Kendrick gives a tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to learn about the history of the league in Kansas City and how the integration of Major League Baseball led to other actions in the civil rights movement. Learn about the city and its role in the Civil Rights Movement from Mayor Sly James, and so much more.

Topics include:
•    Mayor Sly James on the city and its role in the Civil Rights Movement.
•    Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site – Steve Sitton
•    World War I Propaganda Posters – Doran Cart, The National WWI Museum & Memorial
•    History of George Kessler and the City Beautiful Movement - Mark McHenry
•    History and impact of Kansas City political boss, Tom Pendergast

In addition to the individual segments airing on their respective networks, they also aired together during the following dates and times:
•    Book TV block: Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. CT (on C-SPAN2, Spectrum channel 226)
•    American History TV block: Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. CT (on C-SPAN3, Spectrum channel 227)

Each segment is available on a special Kansas City page on www.c-span.org/citiestour. Select Kansas City, Missouri from the dropdown under Featured Cities to view videos.