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KANSAS & KANSAS CITY

Keep Calm Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Print Art 11x17. $14.99, via Etsy.

Strong Hall at KU (Administrative offices). I stood in a lot of lines in this place.

KU Campanile & Potter's Lake, 1968.

Underground tunnel at 8th Street in Kansas City

  • Melissa

    A "haint" maybe! :D You should update us if you do go check it out! I'd be curious to hear what it's like.

  • Delane Kempf

    Through a couple of emails, I found out that State Street give tours!!! I haven't looked into yet. I was just so excited to hear this that I hurried and reposted the website above.

  • Delane Kempf

    Looks like they only had the tour on one date, and it was sold out at the time. I'll do a little investigating and see if I can find out if they'll do it again.

  • Melissa

    Wow, that's really neat. Thanks for letting me know! I'd be curious about that. $5 is very reasonable.

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Croatian folk music links & chords.

European immigrants came to Kansas City looking for work in the meat packaging industry. They settled in the strawberry "Patch". A flood in 1903 provided the impetus to move up ground to the "Hill". Known as Strawberry Hill, this community was enriched by the customs, beliefs, and proud heritage of its people. Along with them came their traditional dessert known as Povitica (swirled bread). in 1984, using his mother's beloved Povitica recipe and her "secrets", Harley started the Strawberry Hill Povitica Company in the heart of Strawberry Hill. At first it was merely a hobby. But it soon turned in to a full time passion as word spread. Sadly, in 1999 Harley passed away. After all these years Harley's motto of "Do one thing and be the best at it" has simply been our road map to success.

Afternoon Tea at the Strawberry Hill Museum

Collection of neat pictures from Strawberry Hill neighborhood.

Nighttime Christmas shot of the Strawberry Hill museum.

Memories of a Kansas City neighborhood are captured in these fanciful paintings by artist Marijana Grisnik.

Lawrence Journal World article about povitica. Not actually hard to pronounce. POH-vuh-TEETZ-suh

Strawberry Hill Potivica Company website. Povitica is a type of Croatian dessert bread. It also happens to be wonderful.

Located behind the church, at 414 Barnett Ave, is the St John’s Catholic Club. Built in 1925, the club aimed to keep Croatian men off the streets and out of trouble. Inside the club there is a bar, pool table, and a 6 lane bowling alley. There are still active leagues and the building can be rented out for functions.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 708 N 4th Street Kansas City, Kansas

Image of article about tearing down homes in Strawberry Hill neighborhood. This page is an interesting personal history of Croatian Kansas City written by local photographer Don Wolf.

Part of the building housing the Strawberry Hill Museum was is an elaborate Queen Ann style mansion built by the Cruise family in 1887. In 1919 it was purchased by St John's Catholic parish, expanded by more than 100% and served as the St. John the Baptist Children's Home until 1988. Today, portions of the building have been beautify restored to the Victorian age, the chapel and one of the nuns' cells are unchanged, and the balance of the building is dedicated to the neighborhood's Slavic heritage.

Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association page. This is an old picture of the Strawberry Hill community.

Don Wolf, a local photographer, is in my opinion a very talented and interesting person. He is from the local Kansas City Croatian neighborhood Strawberry Hill, which was partially demolished years ago for the construction of the I-70 project. He does a lot of neat stuff to support Croatian orphanages.

Kansas State Poorhouse laws c. 1904

A Murderous Tale of Scandal & Treasure in Galena, KS

Kansas Capitol Mural