There have been many defining moments which have shaped The Kansas City Spirit. Following the flood of 1951, Joyce C. Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, commissioned Norman Rockwell to paint this spirit. His words to the artist were: “Paint a picture of The Kansas City Spirit that will forever symbolize the thing in good men’s hearts that makes them put service above self and accomplish the impossible.”
This book, The Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self, not only recalls some of these defining moments, it examines the contributions and personal stories of a few of those whose lives exemplified that Spirit.
The Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self is both a history and a how-to book for future generations of Kansas Citians… how to give back and make the community a better place in which to live.
Authors: Bruce Mathews, with Mamie Hughes, Andrew Kaplan, Christopher Leitch, Lynn Mackle and Carol Powers
Foreword: R. Crosby Kemper III
Publisher: Kansas City Star Books, Doug Weaver
Designer: DJ Hyde Matheny Editor: Carol Powers Associate Editor: Judy Pearlstein
Specifications: 240 pages, hard cover, 4 color
Retail price: $27.95, plus tax
To order: contact Bruce Mathews, firstname.lastname@example.org
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Kansas City Spirit will be donated to: Operation Breakthrough; Gillis; Elmwood Cemetery; The Kansas City Museum – Minority Heritage Project; and The Community Cadet Corp.