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The History of our Public Schools
Wyandotte County, Kansas

1844
2012

 

 

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Publications and Resources

Web versus the Library

We have attempted to provide links (below) to reliable sources (libraries, universities, foundations, government, etc.).  However, we encourage you to remember that the Internet is provided by individuals who may sometimes make mistakes and/or assumptions.   The libraries and archival facilities are where we need to place our most concentrated effort.  Please read "Web versus the Library" above.

When researching history, it is the "responsibility of the reader" . . . .

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Web Sites and Publications related to
Kansas City, Kansas
Wyandotte County
State of Kansas
Various items

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"The Wyandot Indians, 1843-1876" by Dr. Robert E. Smith, Jr.
May, 1973

Recommended Reading for Kansas history:
Kansas, A Land of Contrasts, Robert W. Richmond, 4th Edition, ISBN 0-88295-949-2
(A copy of this book is located at the KC.Ks Public Library at 625 Minnesota)

Book Transcriptions Online
various statewide histories and county histories

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Territorial Kansas Online
From the Kansas State Historical Society

This virtual repository presents the best Territorial Kansas materials from the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kansas Collection, University of Kansas.  Visitors to the site will discover government documents, diaries, letters, photographs, maps, newspapers, rare secondary sources, and historical artifacts.  All of these items have the power to carry the past into the present and provide a tangible connection to people who experienced "Bleeding Kansas."

Territorial Kansas Online also provides lesson plans developed to enhance the teaching of U.S. history at the middle school, high school, and college levels.  These curriculum materials fulfill portions of the Kansas Department of Education's standards for U. S. and Kansas history and include educational objectives that are applicable in any U.S. history class.

Recommended Reading:  Books currently not online
Check with the KCKs Public Library for availability
625 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS  66101
(913)  551-3280
Kansas Room Librarian:  Georgia Slaughter

The Rise and Fall of Western University by Orin Murray.

A History of Black Education in Kansas City, Kansas:  Readin', 'Riting, 'Rithmetic by William W. Boone, March, 1986

In Commemoration of Dunbar Elementary School compiled by Dunbar P.T.A, 1971

West Bottoms aka French Bottoms - early history
Chez Les Canses, Three Centuries at Kawsmouth by Charles E. Hoffhaus, 1984

Journals from the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum.

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Publications/Links specifically related to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (USD 500)with its community and surrounding areas

The Kansas City, Kansas Public School System, 1819-1961
by Nellie McGuinn as presented to Dr. F. L. Schlagle, Superintendent of Schools, USD 500 - including information on Wyandotte County and Kansas City.

"Schools in Kansas City, Kansas in Years of Change, 1962-1986"
by Dr. O. L. Plucker, Superintendent of Schools    (Copy resides in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library)

Community/School/State Histories

Argentine

"Silver City," A History of the Argentine Community of Kansas City, Kansas
by Edwin Dale Shutt, II

THE EDUCATION OF MEXICAN-AMERICANS IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, 1916-1951
by R. M. Cleary

Delaware Indians

The Delaware Indians in Kansas
1829-1867, Alan W. Farley, 1955

Education - Kansas

Kansas Educational Progress, 1858-1967
by Adel Throckmorton, State Dept of Public Instruction  (History of organization of schools, teacher certification, retirement, finances, instructional programs, curriculum, counseling services, lunch program, adult education, colleges, etc.)

Education - African American Education in Wyandotte County

"A History of Black Education in Kansas City, Kansas, Readin', 'Riting, 'Rithmetic"
by William W. Boone, March 1986
(Copy located in the KCKs Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave, KCKs, 913-551-3280)

Excerpts from The Kansas City, Kansas Public School System, 1819-1961
by Nellie McGuinn as presented to Dr. F. L. Schlagle, Superintendent of Schools, USD 500 

Education - Wyandotte County

“A History of the Origin and Establishment of Washington Rural High School – Bethel, Kansas"(.pdf)  (Containing excerpts relative to Welborn, Vance, Bethel, Pomeroy, Nearman, Wolcott, Pleasant Ridge, Lindbergh, Hazel Grove and White Church schools/communities.)

A History of Wyandotte High School
by Ferne Vesecky, Editor of the Wyandotte Pantograph, written for Supt. M. E. Pearson, written circa 1931-32 

1951 Flood and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
including information on current policy for emergencies in the school district.

The Kansas City, Kansas Public School System, 1819-1961 by Nellie McGuinn as presented to Dr. F. L. Schlagle, Superintendent of Schools, USD 500, 1962

Schools in KCKs in Years of Change, 1962-1986 by Oren L. Plucker, 1986

Transcriptions of selected newspaper items - 1889-1925,
courtesy of Donald K. Jones, local historian on street names and places.

1939 Building Floor Plans (hand drawn)
and 1916 and 1921 Architectural Blue Prints of School Buildings

Kansas

History of the State of Kansas
by William G. Cutler, first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL (online transcription)

Kansas City, Kansas

The Story of Kansas City, Kansas by Nellie McGuinn, January, 1961 

The Story of Kansas City, compiled by Kate L. Cowick, 1924

The Genesis of a State Metropolis by Frank Betton, Jan 15, 1901 (.pdf)

Library

Excerpts from The Kansas City, Kansas Public School System, 1819-1961 by Nellie McGuinn as presented to Dr. F. L. Schlagle, Superintendent of Schools, USD 500 

Rosedale

The Winding Valley and The Craggy Hillside
by Margaret Landis

Wyandotte County

"Then and Now" is a series of articles written by local historian Margaret Landis for the Kansan newspaper.

Departmental Histories

Music

The History of the Music Program in the Public Schools of the Rosedale District of Kansas City, Kansas, 1872-1973 by Suzanne H. Elliott, 1978 - There is also a history of the entire music department of KCKs, 1960s, at the at the Music Department of UMKC.

Introduction of Music into KCKs Schools - 1889

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Presentation by Dr. Andy Thompkins, Kansas Commissioner of Education
August 19, 2003
(.pdf)

Board of Education (USD 500)

1939-40 School Building Floor Plans

1951 Flood and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
Including information on current policy for emergencies in the school district.

$120 million bond issue
Picture Gallery of Wyandotte High School's construction process.

Architectural Analysis - Public School Buildings
(New/Additions) by Rose and Peterson - 1890-1927

Board of Education By-Laws/Rules/Regulations 1930
(digital pages)

Enrollment History (Excel)
School open/close dates, addresses, enrollment statistics

Ethnic History in the Public Schools of Kansas City, Kansas

First Free Public School in Kansas

 Items we are looking for .......

The Junior High Schools of Kansas City, Kansas (pdf)
by R. L. Lyman, University of Chicago

Kansas Educational Progress, 1858-1967
Published by the State Department of Public Instruction 
120 East Tenth, Topeka, Kansas 66612
Copyright June, 1967

Kansas Education Statutes

Kansas Legislative Trivia

Kansas State Constitution (Ordinance and Preamble/Bill of Rights) - State Symbols / Departments / Governors' Messages / State Library

Kansas State History of Schools
including Teacher Certification, Retirement, Compulsory School Age, School Finance, etc. and William Cutler's "History of the Schools of Kansas")

Kindergarten History - KCKs Public Schools
Kansas Universities that have closed, merged or changed their names

Maps / Land Records

Married Women Teachers

Naming of Kansas City, Kansas Schools

 Native American Links/Resources

Northeast Junior High School - Maps and other informational items relative to the grounds occupied by the school - Matthew R. Walker home, George Fowler mansion, KC Baptist Seminary aka Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northeast Junior High School

Online Newspapers - Current and Past
Kansan / Kansas City Star / The Record (115 years old) / Wyandotte West 
  Kansas Tribune / Quindaro Chindowan (Microfilm) / Quindaro Chindowan (Transcription) / Wyandott Citizen / Wyandott City Register

Picture Gallery
Graduates of USD 500 working in the District; In Memoriam; Buildings of USD 500 donated by Mr. Jerry Molder

PTA History Records

School Listing by Date Built/Opened  (pdf)

Schools in Kansas City, Kansas in Years of Change - 1962-1986
by O. L. Plucker, Superintendent Emeritus, June, 1987
(Page currently under construction - No information on web site - Information is available in the Main Library at 625 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas)

School Bonds and Redistricting
(including the $120 million Bond Issue of 2001)

School Boundaries and Redistricting

 School Memories
Submitted by students/staff/community members of past and current schools in the Kansas City, Kansas Public School System

Superintendents / Board of Education Members

Teaching American History Grant Program

Transcriptions of selected newspaper items - 1889-1925, courtesy of Donald K. Jones, local historian on street names and places.

WPA Schools

WPA and the KCKs Schools

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History Site created on December 02, 2002
Page last updated: 23-Apr-2014

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