Jazz museum gets $133,050 grant
The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City has received a $133,050 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that will enhance its handling of collections and its effort to educate the public.
The institute awarded the grant under a program focusing on African-American history and culture. The local match is $160,231.
The announcement was made last week. In a news release, the institute said the jazz museum will hire a registrar to manage and document its collection with the goal of making the material more accessible to the public.
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In addition the museum will create four semester-long paid internships focusing on collections and education. The interns will be recruited from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, the news release said.
The museum, in the 18th and Vine District, is the only Missouri recipient. No recipients were from Kansas.
Blue Springs hires city attorney
Nancy Yendes will become the city attorney for Blue Springs on July 21. She succeeds Bob McDonald, who is retiring after more than 28 years.
For more than two decades, Yendes was the assistant city attorney for Springfield. She also has been an assistant attorney general in Missouri and assistant general counsel for the Missouri Department of Social Services.
The announcement said McDonald was the city’s first in-house legal counsel.
Downtown post office to close in Blue Springs
The U.S. Postal Service will close its downtown post office in Blue Springs and conduct all business from the office at 500 S.W. South Avenue. The closing date is July 21.
The last time patrons can pick up mail from the downtown office, 200 N.W. 11th St., will be noon Saturday. Post office boxes will then move to the new location.
Kitten baby shower in Belton
HELP Humane of Belton is holding its annual open house and kitten shower from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at 17122 Bel Ray Place in Belton.
The animal shelter is registered at Target and Wal-Mart, and visitors can cuddle the kitties.
Urban Outdoor Summit
The Missouri Department of Conservation will collaborate with Urban American Outdoors to host the fifth annual Urban Outdoor Summit this weekend at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City.
The free event is open to anyone interested in the outdoors, but you must register in advance by calling 913-334-5177.
A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Speakers and panel discussions can be heard from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.