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Wednesday, November 27 2013

Kansas City, Kansas
by Joe H. Vaughan
Images of America series

New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Kansas City, Kansas by local author Joe H. Vaughan. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

Over the past 150 years, many of the consumer goods sold and used across the country were either manufactured in Kansas City or passed through this industrial center. From the westbound trails of pioneer times until today, Kansas has been the crossroads of the nation and the city has benefitted from its geographic centrality in the country.

Household names with ties to the city include Google; Cerner Corporation; Procter & Gamble; General Motors; Colgate-Palmolive; the Santa Fe, Rock Island & Union Pacific Railroad lines; Phillips Petroleum; Armour and Company; Owens Corning; Massey Ferguson; General Electric; Sunshine Biscuits; Lee (apparel); Sealy (mattresses); and United Telecom (which morphed into Sprint Nextel).

Images of America: Kansas City, Kansas aims to present some of that historic past, much of which has long been demolished, so that modern readers may see the complete and “full service” city as it evolved between 1804 and 2012.

Highlights of Kansas City, Kansas include:
•    Two Centuries of Civilizing the New West
•    The City’s First Major Decades of Development
•    The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Take a Toll
•    The 1950s Contrast the Great Flood of 1951 with Postwar Hubris
•    21st-Century Technological Transformation Affects Everyone

The photographs in this book are from the archives of the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum and many generous donors. Author Joe Vaughan is a businessman, area civic leader and recognized historian. Vaughan’s family roots in Kansas City can be traced back to the 1870s. He is currently serving his third term as an elected member of the Johnson County Water District No. 1 Board of Directors.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town? Visit

Price: $21.99
128 pages/ softcover

About the Author of Kansas City, Kansas

Joe H. Vaughan is a native Kansas City, Kansan who presently resides in Prairie Village, Kansas. He has long been involved in historic preservation and cultural activities in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

Vaughan is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism with a BS degree.  For more than two decades, he has been an author, writer and publisher. He is owner/president of Joe Vaughan Associates in Prairie Village.  Prior to forming this business, he was a broadcast journalist at several Kansas City area radio stations.

He is an elected public official now in his third term on the Johnson County Water District No.1 Board of Directors in Lenexa. Vaughan chairs the Governmental Affairs/Community Relations Committee and serves on the Operations and Retirement Committees of the Board. Vaughan has been certified by the American Water Works Association.

Vaughan is a past-president of the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City (NSDKC), a historic preservation and interpretative organization.  He is also a past-president of the Kansas Associated Press Broadcasters.  Vaughan is past-historian and a past-treasurer of both the Wyandotte County Historical Society (WCHS&M) and the NSDKC.  He has chaired the NSDKC archives committee and is a member of the Friends of the Johnson County Museum. Vaughan was honored in 2011 by NSDKC for his many years of service.  In 2010, he was the WCHS&M’s “Historian of the Year”.  

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