National Archives at Kansas City

Author Bill Hart to Discuss Historic Missouri Roadsides



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

July 17, 2017

On Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, will host author Bill Hart for a discussion and signing of his book, Historic Missouri Roadsides. A free light reception will precede the program at 6:00 p.m.  

Hart offers a richly illustrated travel/history/photography book, consisting of six tours of Missouri on mostly two-lane roads and highways. Varying greatly in length, five of the seven tours mark their beginning points near Kansas City and St. Louis, making the tours attractive to Missouri ''staycationers'' who are eager to get out of the city. One tour is traveled almost exclusively on Missouri Route 79. Dubbed the River Road tour, the route along Highway 79 closely follows the Mississippi River north from St. Charles County to Lewis County, near the Iowa border. The Platte Purchase tour begins in St. Joseph Missouri and heads north and east through all of the counties of the purchase which completed the map of Missouri in 1853 and then some, traveling to Unionville in north central Missouri. Places to eat/drink, visit/shop and stay are listed in the book and include only small, Missouri-owned businesses. Don't look for McDonald's here - only real places owned by real people and keeping it local. The book includes photographs by the author and post cards and mementos from his personal collection. Presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.

Copies of Hart’s book will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

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   

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