Historians believe Jesse and Frank James from Kearney, Missouri were the first bank robbers in the country
Correction: The title previously indicated the James brothers were from St. Joseph, Missouri and they are from Kearney. Clay County Savings in Liberty, MO nka Jesse James Bank Museum.Americasroof at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons.
Going back in time at the 1940's Ball
We love going to the 1940s Ball at the Boulder, Colorado Airport. And this year is no different. This June, we will be putting on our best Rosie and WWII garb and heading out to one of the best hootenannies in Colorado. Come along as we go back in time and show you all the fun. Happy Armed Forces Day!
A Fiery Midair Collision Between Planes That Horrified the World
The world's deadliest mid-air collision between planes occurred on November 12, 1996, over the village of Charkhi Dadri in India. The planes involved in the crash were Saudi Arabian (Saudia) Flight 763, a Boeing 747 en route from Delhi to Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, and Kazhakstan Airlines Flight 1907 which was inbound from Chimkent, Kazhakstan.
Leo Sayer on His 'Restless Years' With Hendrix, McCartney and Daltrey
A recent interview with Leo Sayer focused on his new album, Northern Songs, a collection of Beatles tunes creatively interpreted by Sayer. The release has prompted fans to take a closer look at the singer's catalog of hits.
The Tower of Compassion at Kanemoto Park
The Tower of Compassion is a beautiful pagoda tugged away in the Southmoor neighbor of Longmont, Colorado. The tower was donated to the city by the Kanemoto family in 1966. The Kanemoto Park is a seven-acre park which is within land the family once farmed. Come hear the tower's history and about the Kanemoto family.
The Tragedy of the SS Sultana Was a Horrific Maritime Disaster in U.S. History
The worst maritime disaster in US maritime history occurred on April 27, 1865, when the SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River killing 1,168 people. The SS Sultana was a side-wheel commercial steamboat constructed out of wood normally tasked with transportation in the lower Mississippi. Even though it only had a capacity of 376 passengers, on the day of the tragedy the steamboat was carrying 2,137 passengers which was six times its normal capacity. This is an excerpt that describes the reason for the overcrowding on the SS Sultana: "The American Civil War had ended just weeks before, and repatriated Union prisoners of war, having endured hellish conditions in Confederate military prisons, were eager to return to their homes in the North."
Open the gates to see Jackson County's 1859 Jail, Marshal's house, and museum
The front of the 1859 Jail and museum in Independence, Missouri.Photo by ecjmartin1, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Unlocking history can be a rewarding experience. If you want to see the cell where Frank James, the older outlaw brother of Jesse James, was kept for six months, visit the 1859 Jail Museum in Independence, Missouri. This is also where the deputy marshals and jailers resided. This facility was the jail for Jackson County, Missouri through 1933 until it was decommissioned. In the late 1950s, the Jackson County Historical Society stepped in to save a piece of history.
Evidence that the first humans in America may have existed 23,000 years ago during the Ice Age
An ancient human skullPhoto by Ryan Somma from Occoquan, USA; Wikimedia Commons;. A recent discovery in New Mexico lends credence to the fact that humans were present on the North American continent as far back as 23,000 years ago.
The historical ornate Harvey M. Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri is open to the public as a museum
Vaile Mansion, Independence, Missouri.Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. The Harvey M. Vaile Mansion is located at 1500 North Liberty Street in Independence, Missouri. It was built in 1881 and is a powerful example of "Second Empire Gothic Italianate brick beauty." It's also known as the Napoleon III style including a variety of historical styles. This style was popular during Napoleon III's reign in France from 1852 through 1871.
Pieces of the Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Are Found in Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota
Hell Creek State park, site of the asteroid fragmentsWikimedia Commons. Experts believe the impact crater to be in Chicxulub, off the coast of Mexico. Along with the asteroid, scientists also found dead fish, a turtle impaled with a stick, and a dinosaur’s foot. The Hell Creek formation is 2,000 miles from the Chicxulub impact crater, which gives us an idea about the intensity of the asteroid’s collision with earth.
Fairytale History of Rapunzel
In the different versions of Rapunzel, we come across very different kinds of heroines. Some of them are very active and independent thinkers and others fit into the description of a damsel in distress.
The Great Locomotive Chase • Kennesaw Train Depot • Big Shanty Smokehouse
In this episode, we take a trip through history to one of the biggest vehicle heists ever at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Ga. In 1862, Union spies infiltrated Big Shanty, Ga, and stole the "General" Locomotive. This resulted in a legendary chase that included the appropriation of another train, the "Texas," in which Confederate forces pursued the stolen General backwards through the historical tunnel at Tunnel Hill. After touring the museum, we ate at the Big Shanty Smokehouse for some amazing BBQ. Links: <a href="https://www.southernmuseum.org">https://www.southernmuseum.org</a> <a href="http://www.bigshantybbq.com">http://www.bigshantybbq.com</a> The General, 1926 film, starring Buster Keaton: <a href="https://youtu.be/m33VfG6-4vQ">https://youtu.be/m33VfG6-4vQ</a>
Opinion: Prosecutors Hope New Study of Handwriting Analysis Will Silence Skeptics
A former student of mine was going through old files and found this today. She emailed it to me and I was so impressed that I decided to use it as today's article. Here is the original New York Times article.
The Babylonians depicted ghosts and wrote about how to exorcise them 3,500 years ago
The earliest drawing of a ghost has been identified on an ancient Babylonian clay tablet that is 3,500 years old. The drawing was made in ancient Babylon which is present-day Iran.
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site in Olathe, Kansas
J. B. Mahaffie house.Photo by Rmprit, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. In 1857, James and Lucinda Mahaffie left Indiana and arrived in Olathe, Kansas in two covered wagons and a buggy to purchase the site of farm property that is available to the public today. They had five children and one nephew who was an orphan. What once was their 340-acre farm was very prosperous from the 1860s through the early 1870s. Residents of Olathe, Kansas refer to this property as the Mahaffie Farmstead.
Remembering Vincent Chin: How one Detroit man's death sparked a powerful movement within the AAPI community
Vincent Chin was killed in 1982 simply because he was an Asian American. While his personal story is tragic, his death sparked a massive movement within the AAPI community that forever changed the legal system in the United States.
Step back into pre-Civil War history with Missouri Town 1855
Colonel's house (2019).Facebook. Step back in time with your family for an educational experience at Missouri Town 1855 owned and operated by Jackson County Parks & Rec. Displayed within 30 acres, you'll see structures dating back from 1820 to 1860 before the Civil War. You'll experience culture from this period of time. It's essentially an outdoor museum of history.
The Shoal Creek Living History Museum is nestled in Clay County, Missouri
Photo by Andrew Darlington on Unsplash. A living history museum is a recreation of a time period reaching into the past and includes historical settings. This type of museum can have people portraying characters who lived in that past time period. Visitors who watch and listen to these events are also learning history, so these events are also educational.
The Great Locomotive Chase Of The Civil War!
This is the history behind The Great Locomotive Chase Of The Civil War which occurred in 1862 from Big Shanty, Georgia (aka. now known as Kennesaw, Georgia) all the way to Ringgold, Georgia! All aboard everyone! Music is "The Colonel" by Zachariah Hickman
The National Archives of Kansas City gives you access to a lot of historical information
Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Did you know the public has free access to Federal archival records?. There are 15 facilities across the country that house historical records that go back to the 1820s and reach up to the 1990s. One of those facilities is in Kansas City, Missouri.