Recently received from MoSGA President Martha Henderson:
I recently attended the Grand Opening of Mid-Continent Public Library's new Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence MO. This free-standing, 52,000 square foot library is architecturally impressive; however, more impressive are the library holdings: 80,000 family history books, 100,000 local history items, a 565,000 microform collection and over 7,000 maps. The library features self-service digitization stations, a computer lab, several class rooms and a patron lounge area complete with vending machines. While the first floor houses the periodical and microform collections; two elevators and a grand staircase provide access to the second floor stack and map areas. The library is conveniently located about a mile north of I-70 just east of Kansas City MO.
The July issue of FamilyTree Magazine names the Midwest Genealogy Center as one of nine U.S. libraries to visit before you die. After visiting the library, I can see why. For more information check out the library's Web site.