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January 2021

Monthly Events Hosted via Virtual Means

January 1 - January 10

Look forward to a new year, 2021! During the final Directors meeting of 2020, it was decided to postpone our January and February meetings (& maybe March) in 2021 simply because the COVID landscape seems to still be changing & will continue to do so.  We will update our website as information becomes available. The Urban Core Group has been a catalyst toward strengthening our communities and building value, pride and enthusiasm within our neighborhoods since 1995. Join us where…

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Monthly Event Highlights: Sutherland Lumber

January 11 - January 31
Sutherland Lumber Co General Office, 4000 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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A slice of Kansas City History: the story of Sutherlands I’ll bet all of us have driven up and down Main St without knowing that the National Headquarters for Sutherland Lumber is located at 40th and Main. This uninteresting building is the headquarters for over 60 lumber yards across the Midwest, west and southwestern United States. The Sutherland family has lived in the Kansas City area for almost 100 years and still have homes in the family compound on Mission…

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February 2021

Monthly Event Highlights: Russell Stover Candies

February 1 - February 28
Russell Stover Chocolates, LLC, 4900 Oak St
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
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Russell Stover

A slice of Kansas City History: the story of Russell Stover Candies Mrs. Stover’s Bungalow Candies began for Russell and Clara Stover in Denver Co. in 1923. Operations started in their kitchen employing seven people. The following year the Stover’s are operating five stores in Denver, St Louis, Omaha and Kansas City. In 1928, Mrs. Stover’s Bungalow Candies is doing so well they open their first factory in, you guessed it, Kansas City. Kansas City was and still is the…

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March 2021

Monthly Event Highlights: William Volker & Co

March 1 - March 31
William Volker Memorial Fountain, 424 Volker Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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A slice of Kansas City History: the story of William Volker The year was 1881 and Kansas City experiencing rapid growth. Before the 1880’s Kansas City was the same size as Independence Mo and Leavenworth Ks. In 1867 the Missouri Pacific RR came to Kansas City defeating Leavenworth and Independence for freight supremacy in the crossroads of the US. William Volker came from Chicago as a young man with a dream to establish a home furnishing company that would supply…

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April 2021

Monthly Event Highlights: Tension Envelopes

April 1 - April 30
Tension Corporation, 819 E 19th St
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Ever heard of Tension Envelopes? I know some have but for those who haven't, here goes. The iconic Tension Envelope sign at 819 E 19th has been part of the Urban Core landscape for 62 years. In 1886, the William Berkowitz family came to Kansas City to start Berkowitz Envelope Manufacturing Company.  In 1914, they moved from 20th and Tracy and took the 5th floor of what was then the Monkey Wards (Montgomery Wards) bldg. at 819 E 19th. Kansas…

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May 2021

Monthly Event Highlights: Hallmark

May 1 - May 31
Hallmark Corporate, 2501 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Hallmark cards are synonymous with greeting cards all over the world. What you might not know is that it started in Norfolk Ne. Brothers Joyce Clyde, William and Rollie Hall created postcards in 1907 for the Norfolk Post Card Company. Soon after, it became the Hall Brothers Book Store. In 1910, Joyce moved to Kansas City because Kansas City was known (then and now) as the transportation hub of the Midwest and "the place" to get your postcards shipped anywhere…

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June 2021

Monthly Event Highlights: HR Block

June 1 - June 30
HR Block, One H&R Block Way
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
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The year was 1922 when Leon and Hortense Bloch had a son they named Henry. Henry Wollman Bloch, the second of three sons, attended Southwest HS and then attended UMKC and later University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His mother Hortense AKA "Horty" had ancestors that were some of the first pioneers to settle in Kansas City. His father was a prominent lawyer here in town.  When WWII broke out, Henry enlisted in the Army Air Corps and flew 31…

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July 2021

Remembering the Life of Henry Leonard

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marthabelle’s Print Shoppe, 5100 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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Come celebrate what would have been Henry’s 65th birthday! Beer and BBQ provided. Come, mingle and reminisce. Let us know if you’re coming... Hosted by Martha, Patty and Laura. RSVP at Where Marthabelle’ Print Shoppe, 5100 Main St, KCMO When WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021 AT 5 PM CDT – 8 PM CDT RIP Henry Leonard

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August 2021

Monthly Event Hosted by Made In KC & Black Pantry

August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Made In KC, 325 E 31st St
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Masks will be required for all attendees whether they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. No mask, no entry. Masks must be worn except while eating or drinking. *** The building at the corner of 31st and Oak was constructed prior to 1890. Little is known about its actual construction date of the two story building since it was outside the city limits so there were no permits recorded. The Kansas City Altas first recorded 325 E 31st St…

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September 2021

Our Quadranscentennial Celebration (Silver Anniversary)

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Kansas City Club, 918 Baltimore Ave
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
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We’ve been to a lot of wonderful places over 25 years and we’ve had a few events at the Kansas City Club but none as big as this year, our Silver Anniversary.  Check out our history at the KC Club!  |  August 21, 2003  |  February 24, 2010 | (Holiday party) December 10, 2010 | (Holiday party) December 15, 2011  | There's parking for $5 right next to the 918 Baltimore building which is the KC Public Library parking. Also, there's…

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