Kansas City, MO – At the turn of the 19th century, some 200,000 children were shipped from the East Coast to points west. They were poor, often children of immigrants who were either orphans, or their parents just couldn't take care of them. Probably about 5000 came to Missouri and Kansas each. In the 1990s, historian Marilyn Irvin Holt caught up with some of them, and wrote the story of their migration in her book The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America.
Kansas City, MO – Local activist and former music store owner, Anne Winter, 45, died Thursday in her home. For over two decades, Winter's name has been linked to the music and cultural scene in Kansas City.
For 18 years, Winter and her business partner/husband Kurt Von Schlemmer owned and operated Recycled Sounds, a midtown Kansas City record store on Main Street. Recycled Sounds hosted in-store performances by local or touring bands, promoted CDs by local bands, and hired local musicians as part-time staffers. The store closed in April 2006.
Kansas City, MO – This week, KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross was part of a panel at the Kansas City Public Library called "Being Latino in America: Our Past and Our Future." For that conversation, she compiled a montage of voices from the many people around Kansas City she's interviewed for KC Currents over the years, and how they've spoke to this idea of "being Latino."
Kansas City, MO – The Heart of America Indian Center in Kansas City was founded in 1971, making it one of the oldest urban Indian centers in the country. It was founded at a time that many Native Americans were moving off reservations and into cities. The center wanted to provide them with social, cultural and health services. Cheyanne Ingram took over as executive director of the center in August, and is hoping to expand its operations.
Arkansas City, Kansas – Tyler Juden carried a b.b. gun like a little cowboy before he was old enough to go to school. He latched onto firearms at the age of five. His precision and reflexes eventually won him four top marksmanship awards in his home state of Kansas -- and a career as an army sniper.
Twenty-three year old Sergeant Tyler Juden died in Afghanistan last month.
Lenexa, KS – Laura Owen is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Lenexa-based company ICOP Digital, which makes digital surveillance equipment. She's also the first woman to seal a major business deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.