National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 31, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Kent Dicus and David Remley to discuss Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Kent Dicus and David Remley on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of their book Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City. Dicus and Remley will be available to sign copies of the book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. This event is presented in partnership with the Kansas City Museum.

Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City published by the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association, takes an in-depth look and analysis into the area’s historic architecture. Platted in the early 1880s, Pendleton Heights bears the distinction of being Kansas City’s first suburb, being separated from town by few roads, deep gullies, and ravines. While the entrance ramp to I-35 North now serves Pendleton Heights from Columbus Park, it is hardly considered a suburb of the City. Included in Pendleton Heights: Then and Now are 83 vintage photographs of historic homes and other structures compared to as many images captured at today’s same camera angle. While many of the homes reflect successes in the preservation of the neighborhood’s original structures, other side-by-side comparisons boldly state the impact of neglected and abused property, as well as—in extreme cases—the brutality of the wrecking ball. Details of early owners and architectural design accompany each photograph.

Copies of Pendleton Heights: Then and Now, First Suburb of Kansas City will be available for purchase via The Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event, please call 816-268-8010 or email: kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the authors Kent Dicus was born and raised in Kansas City and has been active in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood for several years. He has a master’s degree from the University of Arizona – Tucson. In the early 1990s he lived in an 1899 Victorian house for eleven years, originally built and occupied by noted Kansas City fire chief, George C. Hale. Dicus successfully registered the home to be on the Kansas City Register of Historic Places. In 2003 he moved to Kansas City’s Old Northeast Area, where he is restoring the 1887 home of lumber baron Charles B. Leach. Pendleton Heights: Then and Now was a collaborative effort of Dicus’ and others living in and supportive of the Pendleton Heights neighborhood.

David Remley was born and raised in Kansas City and, except for two years in Alaska, has lived there all his life. He began his photography career 24 years ago. He enjoys landscape and macro photography, runs a studio full-time and photographs everything from portraits to weddings, along with video.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

The Kansas City Museum is housed in Corinthian Hall, the former Robert A. Long residence at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard. in historic Northeast Kansas City. The 1910 Beaux-Arts mansion is currently closed for restoration. The Museum’s Visitor Center, the StoryTarium, a former planetarium that has been renovated into a historical video programming center, and a special exhibit installed on the estate grounds about the Long family and their famous home, are still open to the public. Kansas City Museum is operated by Union Station Kansas City, Inc. A public tax levy, ticketing, grants and private donations fund the Museum. Admission to the Museum is free during the entire restoration period. On-Street parking is available and visitors are encouraged to follow directional signs and use the North Gate to enter.

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