National Archives at Kansas City

Authors David Jackson and Ann Brownfield to Discuss -We Were Hanging by a Thread-

Press Release: August 26, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Authors David Jackson and Ann Brownfield to Discuss We Were Hanging by a Thread

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

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host authors David Jackson and Ann Brownfield who will discuss their book, We Were Hanging by a Thread. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

We Were Hanging by a Thread highlights Kansas City, Missouri's, once world-renowned textile and garment manufacturing industry. It focuses on individuals that designer Ann Brownfield has had acquaintance or first-hand business connections with in her career, and in retirement as co-founder and director of the Historic Kansas City Garment District Museum. This book honors a diverse workforce from native Kansas Citians and minority first-and second-generation Americans—from all backgrounds and countries around the globe—who came to Kansas City for their livelihood. Architectural historians will find the built environment of the Garment District notable. Even barbeque enthusiasts will savor knowing that Henry Perry, “the father of Kansas City-style barbecue,” got his start in 1908 from a stand in an alley in this historic neighborhood. Prepare yourself to gain an appreciation for an art form and way of life that is no more.

Copies of We Were Hanging by a Thread will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Authors

Ann Laumyer-Brownfield, a Stephens College alum, is a fashion designer who worked in Kansas City’s garment industry from 1960 to 1988 working for a handful of manufacturers and also ran her own factory for a time. She, with Harvey Fried helped to establish Needle Park in 1997 and shortly thereafter co-founded the Kansas City Garment District Museum, where she was curator for more than 15 years. The Garment District Museum was recently conveyed to the Kansas Parks and Recreation Department which also operates and manages the Kansas City Museum.

David Jackson is director and archivist of The Orderly Pack Rat, an historical research and consulting service he founded in 1996. He has more than 40 years of experience in personal manuscript collection. His childhood hobby of genealogy initiated at age 11 became the catalyst and inspiration for his career as a professional archivist. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Historic Preservation and Archives Studies from Southeast Missouri State University in 1993, and is author and publisher of several books.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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