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Letter from the president, secretary, and chairman of the executive board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to Kansas Governor Ben S. Paulen. The NAACP thanked Governor Paulen for not passing Senate Bill 269 known as the Ku Klux Klan bill. If passed, this bill would have allowed organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan to operate in Kansas without taking out a charter. Governor Paulen disagreed with the bill and discouraged its passing. The bill failed in the Kansas House of Representatives with 65 nays and 57 yeas.

Date: 
March 13th 1925

Postcard of the Carnegie library at 625 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. It was razed in 1965 after the completion of a new Kansas City, Kansas Public Library building at the same address. This vantage point faces south-southwest with Minnesota Avenue in the foreground.

1930's photograph showing the Granada Theater, built by Ben Gorman, 1015 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. This vantage point faces south-southeast from the north side of Minnesota Avenue between North 10th Street and North 11th Street.

Circa 1930's photograph of the Electric Theater, 546 Minnesota Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas. It was opened in 1922, closed in 1969, and demolished in 1976. This vantage point faces northwest toward's the theatre's entrance.

1920's photograph of the streetcar house and yards at the northeast corner of Minnesota Avenue and North 10th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. This vantage point faces south-southeast from the southwest corner of State Avenue and North 10th Street.

Panoramic photograph and negative of employees of the Community Chest of Kansas City, Kansas. Community Chests were local charitable organizations, and later became known as United Way.

Photograph with view of large, obelisk tombstone with the name "Armstrong" engraved on it located in Huron Cemetery in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, on Minnesota Avenue between 6th and 7th Street.

Photograph of the interior of the retail of the Chocolate Shop in Kansas City Kansas, owned by Michael (Economou) Economy, including unidentified workers and a customer, circa 1920.

Photograph of the interior of the Chocolate Shop in Kansas City Kansas, owned by Michael (Economou) Economy, including several unidentified workers, circa 1920.

Photograph of the exterior of the Wyandotte County Courthouse, located on the northwest corner of 7th Street and Minnesota Avenue, looking northwest from Minnesota Avenue.

Date: 
1925

Photograph showing the first football game, between Wyandotte High School and Omaha Technical High School, on Wyandotte Field located at Washington Boulevard and Minnesota Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas. Wyandotte High School, then located in downtown KCK, used the facilities, and later relocated to the site after the completion of its new building in 1937. The Westheight Golf Clubhouse is visible in the upper righthand corner.

Date: 
October 25th 1929

Undated postcard view of businesses and automobiles on Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
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