1. According to the Kansas City Barbecue Society, Kansas City has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S.
2. Hair Jewelry, originally created as tokens of affection, dates back to the 1600s.
3. Native Americans crafted different sized bags to fit such items as smoking supplies, food, medicine, ammunition and tools
4. In 1990, the United States passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act which says all products must be marketed truthfully regarding the Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producers, so as not to mislead the consumer. It is illegal to market an art or craft item using the name of a tribe if a member, or certified Indian artisan, if that tribe did not actually create the art or craft item.
5. The word Scrimshaw is thought to have been derived from a Dutch nautical slang expression meaning “to waste time.”
6. An American-born physicist living in England, Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, studied the principles governing heat and wrote a paper that led to the redesign of the fireplace. Rumford’s design notably streamlined the chimney to improve airflow and shape of the hearth to produce more heart with minimal smoke and require less wood.
7. The governor of Missouri offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the James brothers. Shortly after, Robert Ford shot Jesse James in the back of the head on April 3, 1882.
8. By 1850, there were over 70 daguerreotype studios in New York City alone.
9. Bleeding Kansas refers to the time between 1854-58 when the Kansas territory was the site of much violence over whether the territory would be free or slave. During this turbulent period, several constitutions for the future state of Kansas were created, some pro- and some anti-slavery.
10. A young Ernest Hemingway worked as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918.