National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: August 16, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

LaDene Morton to Discuss The Brookside Story and The Waldo Story at the National Archives

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

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host LaDene Morton on Thursday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion and signing on her books The Brookside Story: Shops of Every Necessary Character and The Waldo Story: The Home of Friendly Merchants. Following the lecture Morton will be available to sign copies of her books. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

About the books

The Brookside Story: Brookside's burgundy- and blue-striped awnings represent both a quaint corner of Kansas City where you can tread the creaky wooden floors of the Dime Store and a pragmatic philosophy that changed the way America planned its cities. Renowned developer J.C. Nichols's "plan for permanence" was built on his conviction that if a community could offer its residents everything they would want and need, build to high standards and plan for future growth, the community would last. The Brookside shopping district has been giving the community everything it could want and need since 1919, helping it weather economic turbulence, natural disasters and dramatic changes.

The Waldo Story: Waldo has taken quite a journey from a wide patch of the Santa Fe Trail to one of Kansas City's preeminent neighborhood centers. Since 1841, it has been a battlefield, railroad hub, mill town, border town, suburb, urban hotspot--and always a place where anything could happen. Meet the Waldonians who carved their character into the land lying between Gregory Boulevard, Eighty-fifth Street, Troost Avenue and State Line Road. Morton traces the community from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century and discovers how it has shared in the trials and triumphs of its times.

Books can be purchased onsite via The Kansas City Store. To make a reservation for this free event please call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

LaDene Morton holds a Masters in public administration from the University of Kansas and has studied and practiced community and economic development for more than thirty years in areas all across the United States. She is a former resident of Brookside and Waldo, where she also operated her professional practice for ten years. In addition to the The Brookside Story and The Waldo Story she has authored one work of fiction, What Lies West, a historical novel about the American West.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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