Past and Present

Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Past and Present: Route 66

Jay and the Buick Super at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, N.M.
Jay Price KMUW

Over the years, I have traveled down various segments of Route 66 that, taken together, have covered or paralleled nearly the entire length of “the Mother Road.”

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Past and Present: The Disappearance of the Negro Leagues

The Washington / Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues
Credit Al_HikesAZ / Flickr

During the spring and summer months, baseball receives a lot of attention in the United States. In 2013, fans have not just discussed the current Major League Baseball season, but because of the recently-released movie 42, have also discussed the 1947 Major League season when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Past and Present: DOMA and Equal Protection

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in United States v. Windsor, the case addressing the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Past and Present: Preservation

The Brutalist-style Central branch of the Wichita Public Library was built in the 1960s.
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

My research includes the study of buildings constructed from about World War II to the 1970s.

It began with a study of Route 66 and the features along the “Mother Road.” Since then, my interest in the postwar built-landscape has extended to suburban ranch homes, one of which I just purchased, and to the religious landscape of 1950s and 1960s America.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Past and Present: Demographics, Education and Economics

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One of the consequences of the Presidential election of 2012 is an increased awareness of the changing demographics of American society. Specifically, it is projected that, by the year 2050, non-whites will constitute the majority of the American population.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Past and Present: The Ludlow Massacre

Credit Beverly & Pack / flickr Creative Commons

On April 20, 1914, the management at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, owned by the Rockefeller Family, ordered an attack on a tent colony just outside the town of Ludlow.

This decision resulted in the deaths of 20 people, including 2 women and 11 children who burned to death in tents that had been soaked in kerosene and set on fire.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Past and Present: The Reality of History

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Many in the general public think of history as dry textbooks and the memorization of lists of dates, wars, kings and presidents. But memorizing facts is no more history than practicing free throws is basketball.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Past and Present: Dunbar Theater

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Kudos are in order for Wichita’s James Arbertha and the Power Community Development Corporation for their long standing efforts to renovate the historic Dunbar Theater at 10th and Cleveland.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Past and Present: Rights Won, Rights Lost

Credit National Museum of American History / flickr Creative Commons

March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Past and Present: Architect Behind Some Well-Known Wichita Buildings

Uel Clifton Ramey
Credit Steve Ramey

Historians study those who shape the world in which we live, including those who designed the physical space around us. One such person was architect Uel Clifton Ramey.

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