Take a minute to discover, or re-discover, a gem in Kansas City’s LGBT history, The Jewel Box Lounge, on CampKC’s (@campmokan) account.
Take a minute to discover, or re-discover, a gem in Kansas City’s LGBT history, The Jewel Box Lounge, on CampKC’s (@campmokan) account.
Some KC LGBT history: Beginning in 1956, The Jewel Box Lounge, formerly located at 3223 Troost Ave., was home to a number of live “female mimic” performers, including entertainers ranging from Mr. Candy Lee and Mr. Nikki St. Cyr, to nationally known queens such as Rae Bourbon and Skip Arnold. At its peak, the club’s owner, John Tucillo, recalled crowds of 200 people squeezing into the venue for each of the three performances held every night. The packed performances were steady through the mid 60s, until public perception of the area began to change due to the decline of the neighborhood and the fallout of the 1968 race riots. Following these events, the club’s attendance began to dwindle until Tuccillo closed the Troost location in 1972. That year, he reopened the bar near 31st and Main (the present location of Wendy’s), drawing a crowd of old and new patrons; however, in 1982, Tuccillo closed the bar due to the lack of public interest and declining revenue. On its final night, The Jewel Box was packed with patrons one last time, featuring four riveting performances, including one from Sandy Kay, a Kansas City legend who still performs at Missie B’s (@missiebskc) today. In February 2013, Sandy joined a cast of performers at the original Troost location in four plays set in the 1940s and 50s, recreating the club in its heyday, and filling the Jewel Box once again to a packed house.
They say every picture has a story to tell, and I’m dying to learn more about the story behind these photos! Dating all the way back to 1915, you see students learning in what was once the Branch Library of E.F. Swinney Elementary. 📚 These photos give a slight glimpse into the amazing history our community holds! • #history #historicbuilding #1915 #historicschool #learning #students #library #community #forrent #rent #lease #movein #newhome #newapartment #home #apartment #historicapartment #stunning #story #kcmo #kansascity #kchistory #kcmohistory #kansascityhistory
New classes are starting in December!
I’m obsessed with Elmwood. Elmwood Cemetery is a historic cemetery located at 4900 Truman Road at Van Brunt Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. It was formally organized in 1872 and was landscaped by George Kessler. The first burial was in 1840. Notable features include the Public vault and crematorium (c. 1897), Entrance Gate and Fence (c. 1900), Kirkland B. Armour Chapel (1904, 1917), and Cemetery Office (1925). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Gatsby's Christmas will be a night you won't forget! https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/06005561AAB4640D
Its #ThrowBackThursday you guys!! I figure we could look into some KC History!! This is the Harris-Kearney house currently the oldest brick house in KC! . . Originally, the house was at the intersection of modern-day Westport Road and Main Street (where Osco Drugstore is now). This brick mansion was built as a replacement for the 1845 Harris House, a log cabin inn owned by Col. John "Jack" Harris and his wife Henrietta. The inn was considered integral to the neighborhood as an outfitting point on the Santa Fe Trail, and had providing lodging for explorers, trappers, Union soldiers, gold miners, and politician. The Harris House burned down in the late 1840s. Apparently devastated about the loss of the Harris House inn, local citizens loaned materials and labor to the Harris family to build a brick hotel replacement. The house was completed in 1855, with bricks formed of Missouri clay, kilned on the premises. It operated as the Harris Hotel until the Civil War Reached Missouri in 1861. Union commanders took headquarters in the Harris Hotel until 1864. During the Civil War Battle of Westport in Oct. 1864, the Harris children reportedly watched the combat from the upper story windows of the home.--Wikipedia . . . #Interesting #DidYouKnow ? #TBT #ThrowingItWayBack #KCHistory #History #KansasCity #ILoveKansasCity #HomeSweetHome #HomeSweetHomeMatchMaker #ThisIsRealLife #RealtorMom #Realtor #RealtorLife #KansasCityHomes #KansasCityMetro #KCRH #RealLife #YourRealtor #WelcomeHome
GEM THEATER Originally named the Star Theater, the Gem was built in 1912 by the Shriner and Powellson Amusement Company as a silent movie palace serving Kansas City’s African American population. It was renamed the Gem in 1913, and by the time motion pictures could talk in 1929, it had become an established fixture on 18th Street. Unfortunately, its years as a movie theatre ended in 1960 and by the 1980s, it had faded into a shadow of its former glory. However, when Mayor Richard Berkley and then City Councilman Emanuel Cleaver spearheaded the revitalization of 18th & Vine in the 1980s, the Gem Theater became a centerpiece of the district’s renovation efforts. As a result of the vision and perseverance of Kansas City’s civic leaders, the Gem was restored into a beautiful, state-of-the art performance venue. It stands today as one of the crown jewels of the 18th & Vine corridor. Behind the restored 1912 façade is a modern 500-seat performing arts center, complete with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. In addition to our annual "Jammin' at the Gem" jazz masters' concert series, the theater hosts many community events and theatre productions. Space is also available for meetings, workshops and seminars.
1920 Colonial Shoppes at 51st & Brookside Blvd. Build in 1907 it was JC Nichols first shopping center. At the time it was built it was outside Kansas City city limits. #kcyeaterday #kcmo #kansascity #crowscoffee #historickc #kchistory #mykansascity #coffee #jcnichols
What were your memories of the Zambezi Zinger? P.S. link in bio to purchase. 25% off plus free shipping. . The roller coaster is now located in Colombian National Coffee Park, Montenegro, Quindio, Colombia. The ride was unusual as it did not have seatbelts or any lap bar restraint. . After loading into your train, the ride propelled you outward into a 167 degree right turn to the lift hill. The lift hill was unusual, as it spiraled in an upward, left-handed helix, rather than the typical straight section found on most roller coasters. At the top of the lift was a drop past the exit station and storage tracks, followed by another climb upward into a swooping left turn, sending you back toward the lift hill for a fly-by. A steep drop to the left sent you into the thick of the forest, as the track twisted upward again to a short drop and hop up into the start of a large sweeping 730 degree series of spiral left turns. The ride gave you brief last breath before being plunged into a seemingly endless underground tunnel, before being hurled out, up, and onto the brakes. . Article from @wikipedia . . . #loyaltykc #igkc #instakc #igkansascity #igerskc #kansascity #kcmo #shoplocalkc #kcstyle #kcfashion #bestofkc #kclocal #madeinkc #kansascitymo #visitkc #howwedokc #zambezizinger #rollarcoaster #kchistory
We are always finding beautiful blooms in our greenhouse. Our 💜 always blooms in the morning. A wonderful way to start the day 🌸 📷 @heart_to_hearth
Kansas City's Union Station opened in 1914 as the 2nd largest train station in the country. Designed by Jarvis Hunt during a "city beautiful" initiative, this architectural treasure has seen some action including the "Kansas City Massacre" in 1933 during the notorious Pendergast era. The bullet holes are still there. Are You Kidding Me! #unionstationkc #kchistory #aykm
There no classes tonight. Enjoy your families and we will see you Friday at The Chesterfield! Happy Thanksgiving
Tickets go up to $20 on Thanksgiving Day! Ticket link in the comments.
The Plaza Lights come on this week 💡❤️ and we have been getting messages upon messages about these perfect gifts so they deserve another post to answer some of your questions! Here are ALL the details... • • • 💡❤️Price: $12.99 each with beautiful gift box included. . 💡❤️Exclusively sold at our store located here on the Plaza at 4710 Broadway Blvd. . 💡❤️How to Purchase: Due to exclusivity of this partnership with @countryclubplaza these are not available online, however, if you are unable to visit us in person we are accepting phone orders and will ship to you! Give us a call 816-931-4555. . 💡❤️These items are truly a piece of Kansas City history. Each year Kansas City Power & Light services the lights and removes any dead bulbs. These dead bulbs are still glamorous in our eyes and so we have made them into beautiful ornaments and/or gifts for you! . 💡❤️Come shop with us through this weekend for our 20% off annual store promotion & you can purchase one (or a few) and receive 20% off!
KNOBTOWN, Missouri 1930’s. MYSTERIES ~ According to local legend, the name of Knobtown, Missouri, comes from an unusual death that occurred there in the late 1800s. A merchant named Charlie Engler had built a general store in about 1897, east of where U. S. 350 now crosses the Little Blue River. A year later, Engler decided to give the community a name and ordered a sign made for "Englersville." A day or two after the sign was prepared, however, Engler's body was found on the basement stairs of the store. His suspenders were wound around his neck and the knob of the basement door. Robbery was a possible motive but the death was ruled a suicide, even though Engler left no suicide note. The community suggested that since Engler had been found hanging from a door knob, Knobtown was a more appropriate name than Englersville. Knobtown was annexed into Kansas City in 1961. #kcyesterday #kcmo #knobtown #mykansascity #kchistory #historickc #kansascity
Would really love to get the “W” weathervane on this building (I think it’s still there) to my dad. #Repost @kc_yesterday with @get_repost ・・・ Wolferman’s at 59th and Main St, KCMO then and now as the Children’s Place. This was on the streetcar line that fed JC Nichols developments south of the Country Club district (Brookside). #kcyesterday #kcmo #kansascity #mykansascity #brooksidekc #brooksideblvd #brookside #wolfermans #historickc #kchistory #history
Kansas City History 74: 1935: Large boats and barges begin navigating the Missouri River. There are approximately 5 million tons of cargo moving annually along the River that according to the National Weather Service has a depth of 11 feet (as of 2012). . Photo shared from @berkleyriverfront . #portkc #visitkc #igkc #instakc #igkansascity #kchistory #kansascity #kcmo #riverboat #madeinkc
Wolferman’s at 59th and Main St, KCMO then and now as the Children’s Place. This was on the streetcar line that fed JC Nichols developments south of the Country Club district (Brookside). #kcyesterday #kcmo #kansascity #mykansascity #brooksidekc #brooksideblvd #brookside #wolfermans #historickc #kchistory #history
The National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Kansas City Star building will be presented at this Friday's Historic Preservation meeting at City Hall, 26th Floor, 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers. Public is invited to attend. . . . The Kansas City Star Building, located at 1729 Grand Boulevard, is eligible for nomination under Criterion B in the area of COMMUNICATIONS for its associations with William Rockhill Nelson, editor and founder of the Kansas City Star. The Kansas City Star Building is the best representation of Nelson’s significant achievements in the field of journalism. The Star is Kansas City’s longest running newspaper, and the Kansas City Star building housed the paper’s offices and printing plant for nearly a century. . . Continuously operated for 137 years, the Star was founded in 1880 by William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel Morse. Morse left the business in 1881, giving Nelson complete autonomy over the paper’s content and tone. For the next thirty-four years, Nelson used the Star as the voice for the betterment of Kansas City, rallying against political corruption and advocating for civic reform and improvements. Nelson’s business decisions, such as selling issues for two cents each, undercutting competing newspapers, and focusing coverage on local news instead of national stories and advertisements, popularized the Star and drove up subscriptions. . . Under Nelson’s leadership, the popularity of the Star grew so rapidly that the company facilities expanded four times, absorbing two competing newspapers before Nelson commissioned Chicago architect Jarvis Hunt in 1909 to design a massive three-story building to house the Star’s offices and printing plant. Nelson died in 1915. . . #thisplacematters #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #kcstar #kansascitystar #historicpreservation #kchistory @rosinpreservation @KCStar #newspaper #journalism #williamrockhillnelson
Stunning transformation of the Pickwick Hotel & Terminal into East 9 Pickwick Plaza Apartments. | With @helix_kc, Gold Crown Properties, HarenLaughlin Construction, and @f_stop_com. | #TransformationTuesday #rehabilitation #repurpose #preservation #RosinPreservation #BeforeAndAfter #TaxCreditTuesday #kclove #KansasCity #DowntownKansasCity #DowntownKC #kansascityarchitecture #kc #historickc #kcmo #igkansascity #Insta_KC #history #architecture #madeinkc #kcarchitecture #tbt #igkc #kclocal #kchistory
It might be cold outside but the party will be hot at Gatsby's Christmas Party! Get your tickets while they are still $16. Ticket link is in the comments.
In honor of Veteran's Day, and all those who have served. . . Liberty Memorial, 100 West 26th Street . . 1923-1926 . . Architect: H. Van Buren Magonigle, New York . . Builder: Westlake Construction Co., St. Louis . . Situated on Memorial Hill, this reinforced concrete structure, sheathed in cut limestone, consists of 2 wings adjoined to a 217 foot tower. The plan for the Memorial (dedicated to the First World War dead), was selected through a national competition. Magonigle's design was the unanimous choice. In 1921, the dedication of the ground was held before an estimated crowd of 100,000 people. Five of the commanders of the Allied Forces attended, including General John J. Pershing. In 1926, President Calvin Coolidge officially dedicated the Memorial. . . #thisplacematters #veteransday #wwimemorial #libertymemorial #wwi #kchistory #worldhistory #historicpreservation #bigredone #rockofthemarne #usscassin #ussfanning #USSNicholson
Colloquium at 4 pm today with Dr. John Rury, KU School of Education, presenting "The Geo-Spatial Distribution of Educational Attainment: Cultural Capital and Uneven Development in Metro Kansas City, 1960-1980". Join us in 317 Lindley, or stop by early in 205 Lindley for our meet & greet, with refreshments! All are welcome! ⠀ ⠀ #kugeography ⠀ #kuatmo ⠀ #geography ⠀ #metrokc ⠀ #kchistory ⠀ #geospatial
This is a wonderful Art Deco restoration by a company that has restored many old theaters in the Kansas City area, and is restoring several more. This theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 2005.
Jump into November classes starting tonight at @beehousekc at 7pm with Grab Bag (Swing 3&4 Advanced) and Collegiate Shag (All Levels). Drop-in's are welcome and class is only $15 or $55 for the month! See you on the dance floor!
I love old fire stations. I was on a hunt to find some in KCMO and was surprised at the lack on info on them on the www. Anyone know of locations to ones I missed? The first one posted is actually for lease... a girl could dream.
The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks. -C.S. Lewis - - Fun facts. Donuts are probably one of my absolute favorite foods. Specifically traditional glazed donuts. It’s probably because it’s in my blood. My great grandfather owned a donut shop, which actually resided near the @rehabsalonandspa current location. He also employed “Lamar”of Lamar’s donuts. It was called Jack Frost Donuts.. interesting. - - #lamars #jackfrost #kchistory #favefood #donuts
We have another exciting announcement! @victorandpenny will be our band at 627 Stomp presents a Gatsby Christmas! https://www.facebook.com/events/1852318461532055/?ti=ia
November 1936 clipping from the Journal-Post showing a woman voting. Accompanying article states, “Some of the election booths in Kansas City, Kas., were so dark, surrounded as they were with canvas, that candles were installed to enable voters to see the names of the candidates they were voting for.” #kchistory #voting #vote #votingday
Have you been interested in being a DJ for Kansas City's Swing Dance scene? This workshop will cover everything you need to know to become a fantastic Swing DJ! Our DJ's play at many local dances at The Chesterfield and The Uptown Theater. This workshop will also give you the opportunity to work with 627 Stomp on professional gigs! Please check out the link below and sign up today! https://www.627stomp.org/?fbclid=IwAR2cVKwXqqCD8xK9U1espEpuI871Tv04Y4GSLelTe9YlAO_O41ytZIx75z4#classes_swing -dj-workshop
This month's specialty swing series we are covering Collegiate Shag! Don't know what it is? Well check out the video in the comments and then join us for class (in the comments) this Thursday at 8pm!
Did you know that the former "Airline of the Stars" was once headquartered in OUR city?! If the travel bug is genetic, I 100% inherited it from my Aunt; a former TWA Flight attendant, who started her career right here at TWA's downtown hub. I had the best time visiting the TWA Museum, living vicariously through my aunt and her fellow flight attendant's, and Museum Director's, endless stories; from the famed faces that romantically boarded their flights, to staff fashion, wild flight incidents, and the 1996 Flight 800 crash that remains controversial to this day. For travel aficionados and aviation enthusiasts, you may know that TWA flights were associated with mega-famous names, ranging from Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes, to Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and more, and that TWA was MANY things, including THE pioneer in commercial aviation throughout the mid 1900s. But many probably don't know that the red and white rocket atop Crossroads-based Barkley Ad Agency is one of thousands of memorabilia housed right here in KC-the rest on display at the TWA Museum at KC's original airport at 10 Richards Road. The museum is a trip down memory lane, preserving and showcasing the impact TWA made on airline travel and the mechanics behind it all, even including a flight simulator to test your skills (F+ for this girl). Pay tribute to those that paved the way during a travel time that was a little less chaotic than it is today, and appreciate the history behind TWA's legacy!✈️👩🏻✈️💺🌥🧥🌎🎟🥜🎧🚀🛃📍🛬#twamuseum #kcmo #twaairlines #twa #kansascity #kc #kchistory #visitkc #kcmuseum #kansascitymissouri #igkansascity #kcblogger #kcbloggers #kcphotography #kcphotographer #kclife #kansascityairport
Join us this Wednesday for Swing 1 - Lindy Hop! We will have you dancing and jiving in absoultely no time. Whether you are an absolute beginner or coming back for more. We can't wait to dance with you! Video from Inspiration Weekend 2017 at @atomicballroom Class link in the comments.
Pre-ticket sales are now live! Ticket will go up Thanksgiving Day or when we run out of pre-sale tickets. https://www.facebook.com/events/1852318461532055/?ti=ia
Spent part of the day removing an exterior and interior sign at Chubby’s on Broadway. The sign, below, will be part of the The Lumi Neon Museum collection, here in KC. Ben had the quote of the day about us doing this job....”a couple of chubbies taking down Chubby’s! #fossilforgedesign #fossilforge #lumineonmuseum #savethesigns #chubbysonbroadway #kchistory
Let's brighten up this gloomy day with some Lindy Hop! We will have all of our November classes online tonight....get ready to dance 🕺🏻🎶. Full link in comments
Digging this gift to our shop from our homie Bob. Cool to have a piece of the Village in our office. Matches our decades old #bosch sign, minus the bullet holes. Getting fancy with our coordination. #brownskc #shoplife #vwfamily #brownholdsitdown #since1980 #veevillage #kchistory
This is the The Boone Theater located in the Historic 18th and Vine District in Kansas City, MO! Restoration and renovations are underway! The gentleman pictured was a founder of the Negro Baseball League and he was originally from Chicago, IL. We will have to fully document him (with his name) in the near future! Please call and stop by the Black Archives of Mid-America to learn about all of the wonderful Black history of Kansas City and the region! @jermainereed We always need your support to keep bringing you great programming and history! Please donate at www.blackarchives.org today! #blackarchiveskc #18vinekc #kc #black #negrobaseballleague #365black #baseball #history #theatre #art #music #jazz #blues #business #landmark #crossroadskc #mlb #kchistory #kcmuseum #plazakc #blackarchivesofmidamerica #kansascity #baseball #espn #blackwallstreet
Just a reminder there is no Swing Night at The Chesterfield tonight. Go out and enjoy some local jazz instead and support your favorite bands! Here are some places to check out: The Blue Room on 18th St., @blackdolphinkc @greenladylounge @the_phoenix_kc @majestickc @corvinokc @jazzkcmo @johnniesjazzbarandgrille
🐺 Are you ready to HOWL WITH THE WOLFPACK KANSAS CITY?! Swipe to see our newest shirt that pays homage to the notorious Wolfpack. Link in bio to purchase. . Also available from @bunker_westport and @madeinkc_ . #wolfpack #kcchiefs #chiefskingdom #chiefs #igkc #instakc #igerskc #kchistory #kansascity #kcstyle #kcfashion
Valomilk is a local old-school Kansas City candy that was first produced in 1931. The candy consists of a runny vanilla marshmallow filling in a chocolate cup, hence the name (v for vanilla and alo for marshmallow). Apparently the first batch was made as an accident with someone messing up the formula for a marshmallow batch, making it runny instead. To this day, the candy remains handmade/handdipped, and it's definitely an interesting gooey candy to try! #valomilk #candy #chocolate #marshmallow #vanilla #kansascitycuisine #kansascityfood #kccuisine #kcfood #keats #kcfoodie #midwest #midwesternfood #midwesterncuisine #kansascity #kansascityhistory #kchistory #americanfood #americancuisine #sweet #dessert #marshmallowcandy #cocoa
The Last Chance Saloon sat directly on the Missouri- Kansas border. A simple tavern sat on the Kansas side while an extensive gambling operation ran in Missouri. This hand drawn map came from the files of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, @usnatarchives in DC. #gambling #kchistory #saloon #diagram
#Repost @pendergastkc with @get_repost ・・・ The Switzer School buildings have long been a fixture on Kansas City’s Westside. After many years of vacancy, the complex was renovated as residential property, opening in 2017. #kchistory #school #westsidekc #kcmolandmarks @kcmolandmarks #historicpreservation #thisplacematters #livinginagradeschool #switzerlofts #westside
KC school teacher Mary McAfee Atkins was born October 22, 1836 #onthisday . She shared the same dream as that of William Rockhill Nelson to provide a public art museum for Kansas City and surrounding region. One-third of her million-dollar estate went to the purchase of land for the museum. Second photo: Mary Atkins pictured with her niece Elizabeth Jaquemot who traveled to Europe with her aunt. Through her travels, Mary developed a deep appreciation for art.
Join our friends at the @KansasCityMuseum at the Historic Garment District for Dressing Up in Kansas City: Dressed to the Nines on view September 29, 2018 through March 2, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Dressed to the Nines is the second in a series of exhibitions that the Museum has created focusing on the fashion worn by generations of Kansas Citians. For more information, visit http://www.kansascitymuseum.org/.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #dressedtothenines #historickc #kansascity #garments #fashion #fashionindustry #kcmuseum #exhibitions #generations #beauty #love #style #instagood #community #kcmo #event #events #sewing #learnmore #getinvolved #kchistory #history #museum
Come and swing it with us! Here are your dancing opportunities this week: :🕺🏻: Wednesday :🕺🏻: Partnered Charleston (7pm) and Lindy Hop 101 (8pm) at The Living Room $15 a class. Followed by Wednesday Night Hop (9pm) $5 also at @thelivingroomkc :🕺🏻: Thursday :🕺🏻: Balboa Lab (7pm) and Lindy Hop Musicality (8pm) at @beehousekc 208 W. 19th Street $15 a class - entrance is in the back :🕺🏻: Friday :🕺🏻: NO SWING NIGHT AT THE CHESTERFIELD Since Swing Night is cancelled. We want to encourage all you swing dancers and jazz lovers to go out on the town and hit up the jazz bars. Support the local musicians who play for us! Some places to go: @the_phoenix_kc , @blackdolphinkc , @greenladylounge , The Majestic, and The Blue Room. Please do not dance without asking the venue first! 📸: @starrdust_photography