National Archives at Kansas City

LaDene Morton to Discuss -The Country Club District of Kansas City- at the National Archives

Press Release: October 15, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

LaDene Morton to Discuss The Country Club District of Kansas City at the National Archives

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

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host author LaDene Morton for a discussion of her new book The Country Club District of Kansas City. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

In her newest book, Morton looks at the first 50 years of J.C. Nichols' visionary development, the period of Nichols' lifetime where he was singularly influential in creating the community. While the book includes chapters covering the chronological history, and the larger historical context in which the District came to be, the stories about the “community features” of the district provide the nostalgia. The strength of the District came from Nichols insight into how features such as architecture and aesthetics, the schools and churches as institutions, and creating community through creating shared experiences, all played important roles in building the District into what Nichols termed, “America's Best Residential Section.”

Copies of Morton's book will be available for purchains 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 Author

LaDene Morton was born and educated in Lawrence, but, except for time in graduate school, has lived and worked in the core of Kansas City since 1978. Most of her career has been in community and economic development, working all over the country. She fell in love with stories about communities, true and imagined. Set partially in Westport, her Western historical novel, What Lies West, was a finalist for the 2010 WILLA Award. For the past six years, she's turned her attention to local history and authored The Brookside Story: Shops of Every Necessary Character, and The Waldo Story: Home of Friendly Merchants, published by The History Press. Her current History Press book, The Country Club District of Kansas City, was released in June 2015. She is lucky enough to still do work in her community, as well as write about it. She's a past President of the Southtown Council, and currently on the Executive Board of Kansas City's The Writers Place.

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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