Wednesday, February 01, 2012


On Wednesday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives at Kansas City will host David Remley and Kent Dicus for a discussion and signing of their book Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City.

Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City published by the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association, takes an in-depth look and analysis into the area’s historic architecture. Platted in the early 1880s, Pendleton Heights bears the distinction of being Kansas City’s first suburb, being separated from town by few roads, deep gullies, and ravines. While the entrance ramp to I-35 North now serves Pendleton Heights from Columbus Park, it is hardly considered a suburb of the City.

Included in Pendleton Heights: Then and Now are 83 vintage photographs of historic homes and other structures compared to as many images captured at today’s same camera angle. While many of the homes reflect successes in the preservation of the neighborhood’s original structures, other side-by-side comparisons boldly state the impact of neglected and abused property, as well as—in extreme cases—the brutality of the wrecking ball.

On Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives at Kansas City will host Diane Mutti Burke for a discussion and signing of her book On Slavery’s Border: Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865.

Mutti Burke focuses on the Missouri counties located along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to investigate small-scale slavery at the level of the household and neighborhood. She examines such topics as small slaveholders’ child-rearing and fiscal strategies, the economics of slavery, relations between slaves and owners, the challenges faced by slave families, sociability among enslaved and free Missourians within rural neighborhoods, and the disintegration of slavery during the Civil War.

Mutti Burke argues that economic and social factors gave Missouri slavery an especially intimate quality. Owners directly oversaw their slaves and lived in close proximity with them, sometimes in the same building. White Missourians believed this made for a milder version of bondage. Some slaves, who expressed fear of being sold further south, seemed to agree.

A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede both events. Copies of both Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City and On Slavery’s Border will be available for purchase at The Kansas City Store onsite. Following the program the authors will sign copies of their books. To register for these free events call 816-268-8010 or email us here.

National Archives-Kansas City website

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