KCKCC to hold ribbon-cutting for new mural

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will unveil its new digital historical mural, honoring both KCKCC and Wyandotte County history on Aug. 19.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 in the Jewell Building on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave.

The event will include speakers, live entertainment, live art demonstrations and free Italian ice. All students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend. Masks are required to be worn at all KCKCC locations.

The mission of the project is to create a dynamic digital mural featuring a visual timeline of KCKCC’s centennial history, alongside the regional and cultural histories of Wyandotte County.

The 100×8 foot mural, which is in the hallway with the business office, human resources and the office of the president, will feature more than 1,000 images as well as two touch screen kiosks that capture the past, present and future of KCKCC and the surrounding community.

The mural is also part of KCKCC’s “Ambient Spaces” project, meant to modernize and beautify select high-trafficked areas on campus.

To give community members an opportunity to participate in the development of the mural, a Historical Advisor Committee was formed. Co-chairs of the mural project are Shai Perry, coordinator of the KCKCC Art Gallery; Lydia Knopp, creative director of Tico Productions and Dr. Curtis Smith, retired KCKCC faculty member.

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)