Tuesday, August 10, 2010


The National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with the Jackson County Historical Society, will host David W. Jackson on Thursday, August 12, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on his new book Kansas City Chronicles: An Up-To-Date History. Jackson will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

From guerrilla warfare and martial law to the elegant dresses of the Harzfeld’s Parisian Cloak Company, discover how everything became up-to-date in Kansas City (including the phrase “up-to-date,” itself, which predates the song in Oklahoma!). Learn how the Jackson County Poor Farm became the state-of-the-art Truman Medical Center and why Old Westport is the real McCoy. Meet the resident mouse of the Laugh-O-Gram studio on Thirteenth and Forest, who took food from Walt Disney’s hand as Mortimer before taking shape on his drawing board as Mickey. In this collection of his best historical columns, Jackson delivers a vivid portrait of the people who left their mark on this fascinating town.

David W. Jackson received a BS magna cum laude in historic preservation, archives studies from Southeast Missouri State University. He is the founder of the Orderly Pack Rat, a historical research and consulting service. Since 2000, Jackson, as director of Archives and Education for the Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society, has served as editor of the nonprofit organization’s scholarly JOURNAL; administers its archives operations; services patron requests through its research library; manages its bookshop; updates its website; coordinates a volunteer program; presents on behalf of its Speakers’ Bureau; contributes regular, local history-related articles to area newspapers; and has written and directed the publishing of several products through the society’s imprint. The Orderly Pack Rat (http://www.orderlypackrat.com) published Jackson’s first book, Direct Your Letters to San Jose: The California Gold Rush Letters of James and David Lee Campbell, 1849–1852 (2000), and, subsequent Recipes of the Our Past: Morsels from Our Grandmothers’ Recipe Boxes (2005).

Copies of Kansas City Chronicles will be available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at the National Archives. Following the program Jackson will be available to sign copies of his books. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or register by emailing: kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

The Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization located on the historic courthouse square in Independence, Missouri, celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary in 2008. Although the Society has roots dating back to 1909, formally organized in 1940 and officially incorporation in 1958. Jackson County has a unique, rich history and JCHS is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of our heritage and to promoting the study, appreciation, and interpretation of local and regional history. Membership dues, gifts, donations, and grants primarily accomplish our operation. For more information visit: www.jchs.org

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit: www.archives.gov/central-plains.

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