Online lecture on Armourdale planned Tuesday

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, will hold a Zoom lecture by Dr. Daniel Serda from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 13, titled “Planning, Community and Renewal in Armourdale.

On the 70th anniversary of the 1951 flood, Dr. Serda will discuss the early development of “Armourdale, and how natural, economic and political forces continue to shape its evolution as a working-class community.”

Dr. Serda is a city planner specializing in urban design and community planning , and currently serves as economic development program officer for Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC). A Zoom link for the lecture is available on the events calendar at www.kckpl.org.

Looking back: 20 years ago at the Kansas Speedway

2001 was the inaugural year for the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Kansas Speedway celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Racing continues with a Cup series race at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kansas Speedway.

Besides adding a major sports entertainment attraction in western Wyandotte County, the Speedway is largely credited with spurring economic development in western Wyandotte County, including The Legends shopping district.

Here are some fan photos by Steve Rupert looking back to the early days, 2001 and the earliest year of the Kansas Speedway.

(Photos copyright by Steve Rupert)

Fans attended seat day, before the Kansas Speedway opened in 2001. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Early racing action at the Kansas Speedway’s first year. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Fans traveled from the grandstands to the infield through a tunnel on seat day, before the Kansas Speedway opened in 2001. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Fireworks went off at the start of racing in 2001 at Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
The grandstands were full for racing in 2001 at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
A view from the top of the grandstand, looking down, at activity outside the Kansas Speedway grandstand at the Winston Cup race in 2001. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
At the races in 2001 at the Kansas Speedway. Lights were added in 2011. The Hollywood Casino wasn’t built yet, in this photo. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
A midway area outside the Kansas Speedway in its early days. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Grandstands were full at the Winston Cup race in 2001 at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
More views of the earliest years of the Kansas Speedway. The Protection One 400, a Winston Cup Series race, was held Sept. 30, 2001, at Kansas Speedway. It was the first Cup race at the Kansas Speedway. The first Cup Series race winner at the Kansas Speedway was Jeff Gordon. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
It was crowded in the concourse of the Kansas Speedway in 2001. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Grandstands were full at the Winston Cup race in 2001 at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
At the races in 2001 at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Garage area at the Kansas Speedway in its earliest years. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Garage area at the Kansas Speedway in its earliest years. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
A Tuff Truck or monster truck event was held in the Kansas Speedway’s earliest years. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
At the Kansas Speedway garages in the earliest years. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Race officials at the Kansas Speedway in its earliest years. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Indy cars at the Kansas Speedway in its earliest years. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Indy cars inspection at the Kansas Speedway in its earliest years. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
Walking into the Kansas Speedway in its earliest years. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)
At a racetrack barbecue event in the earliest years at Kansas Speedway. (Photo copyright by Steve Rupert)

Online program to address polio epidemic

A virtual program on the polio epidemic is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.

The program, “We’ve Been Here Before: the Polio Epidemic,” is offered through the Bonner Springs Library, in partnership with the Northeast Kansas Library System and six neighboring libraries.

The program is the second in a series of programs that examine historical events that have lessons to teach in the midst of the pandemic.

Interested persons may register for the program at https://bit.ly/2PgymSV.

The program on March 24 is a moderated discussion about the polio vaccine.

Mass vaccinations in the 1950s helped eradicate polio from the United States. The panel of experts for the polio discussion includes:

• René F. Najera, Dr.PH, editor, History of Vaccines, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
• Chris Crenner, M.D., Ph.D., Hudson-Major professor and chair at the University of Kansas Medical Center
• Carl Chinnery, a past district governor from District 6040 and member of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club
• Jim Arnett, Rotary District 5710 polio chairman and spouse of a polio survivor of Kansas City’s 1946 polio epidemic

This program series is a partnership of the public libraries in Atchison, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Linwood, and Tonganoxie, as well as NEKLS.

The first program in this series, in February, was on the 1918 flu pandemic. That program was in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and almost 3,000 people tuned in to it. C-SPAN has contacted the museum for permission to air it.