relaunches with new design, 50,000 digitial artifacts

A photo from the’s archives of Prairie Village’s early days.

In the spirit of learning on this first day of the school year, we thought we’d pass along word about a nice research tool for local history buffs. recently relaunched with an updated design. Users can explore information by browsing through archives for their city, or by searching through records sorted by categories of people, including clergy, mayors and teachers.

The site also includes a large collection of digitized newspapers. Last year, the organization scanned nearly every single issue of the Tom Leathers-published Squire from 1959 to 2005. Around 160 of those papers from the 1960s are now available online, with new issues being added as they are processed.

The site initially launched in 2006, and has a collection of 50,000 digital artifacts.