For 816 Day, Carry a Piece of KC History in Your Pocket

Monday, August 15, 2022

816 Day (August 16) is the annual, city-approved celebration of all things Kansas City. Get your KC pride on by checking out this list of books and resources about the people, places, and history that have contributed to our community’s culture.

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Put a Portal to the Past on your Phone

If you enjoy learning about the people and places that have made Kansas City what it is today, you’ll love browsing, the online home of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections. The site hosts a treasure trove of digitized photos, maps, postcards, and other historical materials that tell the stories of our city’s growth and development over time.

Want to carry a bit of KC with you on the go? We’ve selected a handful of historic images and made them available as background wallpapers for your mobile phone. Free to download and use on your device, these snapshots and postcard images can give your modern tech a bit of old-school style by showing off our community’s past.

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Tip of the cap to our northern sibling, Toronto Public Library, for this idea!

3 phones with Kansas City wallpaper

Downloadable Cell Phone Wallpaper Graphics

Map of Kansas City school districts

Portion of blue-line map of Kansas City, Missouri, showing boundaries for lower grade schools in the Kansas City School District. Produced by Gallup Map and Supply Company.

Map of Kansas City school districts

Streetcar on Main at 31st Street

View facing northeast showing Main Street south of where 31st Street crosses. An electric streetcar, cars driving along a portion of Main Street, and Midtown buildings can be seen.

1950s car and streetcar on street

Liberty Memorial Rededication

Aerial view of crowd at base of the Liberty Memorial.

black and white photo of Liberty Memorial

Stockyards, Kansas City

Unidentified man with bulls.

man stands with two bulls

Train Time – Union Station Lobby

Interior view of two train passengers standing in the lobby of Union Station.

couple stands inside Unions Station

Truman Sports Complex

Aerial view of the stadiums looking south; shows baseball game in progress.

black and white photo of Truman Sports Complex

Union Station and skyline

View looking north of Kansas City’s downtown skyline.

black and white photo of Union Station from above

Walnut Street, North from 12th Street

Postcard of Walnut Street looking north from 12th Street.

postcard of Walnut Street

Power and Light Building

Postcard of the Kansas City Power and Light Building at Baltimore Avenue and 14th Street.

postcard of Power and Light building

Charlie Parker Memorial sculpture

At 17th Ter. and the Paseo in the 18th and Vine District. Designed by artist Robert Graham, it was unveiled on March 27, 1999.

black and white photo of Charlie Parker sculpture

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