National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 3, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

Author and Editor Monroe Dodd to Discuss Kansas Then & Now at the National Archives

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

Kansas City, (MO)… On Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives will host Monroe Dodd who will discuss his book Kansas Then & Now. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede this event. Dodd will sign copies of the book after the program.

In Kansas Then & Now, a photography book, Dodd highlights scenes from Kansas history from territorial days to the late 20th century, and photographed the same scene today, as closely as possible from the place the original photographer stood. Included are places where momentous events occurred and famous people strode the earth, as well as everyday places featuring everyday people who did the most extraordinary thing - they created a community out of prairie and plain. The results are fascinating. Cattle and horses travel a dirt-packed Massachusetts Street in Lawrence; covered wagons prepare to move out in downtown Paola; buffalo hunters gear up outside the newly built courthouse in Great Bend. Dozens upon dozens of villages, towns and cities, spanning the entirety of Kansas, are featured in these pages.

Copies of Kansas Then & Now will be available for purchase onsie via The Kansas City Store. To make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the author

Monroe Dodd is the editor or author of several books about the history of Kansas City and its region. He wrote A Splendid Ride about the streetcars of Kansas City, and wrote and took most of the modern-day photographs for Kansas City Then & Now, which has appeared in three volumes. He was editor of Kansas City: An American Story, a history of the city and its metropolitan area published in 1999 and re-issued with updates in 2007; Your Land, Our Land, based on the collections of all the regional branches of the National Archives; Great Plains Originals, which drew from the National Archives at Kansas City; The Ike Files, sampling the holdings of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas; and most recently Kansas City Crime Central, which focused on true crime stories behind the headlines. From 1976 to 2008 Dodd was an editor at The Kansas City Times and The Kansas City Star .

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.

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