The Boelte Blog

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It's here!

Boelte-Hall’s 2015 desk calendar is arriving in mailboxes everywhere! As in the past several years, this calendar features the photography of Roy Inman, who shot more than 3000 images for his recently published book, The City of Fountains: Kansas City’s Legacy of Beauty and Motion; we decided to select twelve of those fountains and delve into the stories of the people and events commemorated by them. You’ll find answers to these questions – and so much more! – in Kansas City’s Fountains: A Year of Stories. You’ll learn about philanthropists who saw it as their duty to ... Read full article...

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‘Tis the season!

Local illustrator and author Misty McNally has been busy signing her book, Santa’s Scenic Valley Ride, at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa, which is the setting of her story. Misty’s mother and most of her ancestors were from Boone, and Misty grew up idolizing local railroad heroine Kate Shelley, collecting items relating to her as well as items of Boone railroad history. When asked to do a children’s story to read on the Santa Express™ excursion, Misty “hopped on board” to write and illustrate Santa’s Scenic Valley Ride. In the book, readers travel ... Read full article...

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Buffalo robes, glass bead embroidery, peace pipes...

If you haven’t been to The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, time is running out! This amazing collection of art and artifacts closes January 11. It’s not only a great opportunity to see some of the finest works of the Native American culture, but also a chance for you to see some of the largest wall graphics ever produced by Boelte-Hall. That’s right, our work is hanging in the Nelson! It’s been our pleasure to collaborate with the staff of the Nelson not only on The Plains Indians ... Read full article...

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Stray pup finds kindness and compassion in Nutterville

For several months, employees at James B. Nutter & Company cared for – and attempted to corral – a stray puppy hanging around near their office at 4153 Broadway. In June, Missouri German Shepherd Rescue (MoGS) stepped in and tried to help. Despite their best efforts, the little mixed-breed pup, who Nutter employees had named “Westport,” evaded capture. It wasn’t easy, but on October 18, two foster managers from MoGS were finally able to rescue the dog from her life on the streets. Filthy, full of worms and fleas, and suffering from a ruptured eardrum and a ... Read full article...

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A new bookmobile for KCK!

Remember trekking down to the bookmobile when you were a kid? For children growing up in rural areas or urban areas lacking a library nearby, that big truck creaking around the corner brings more than just books. When kids climb those metal steps, they enter a world of hope, intrigue and fun. Regular exposure to books can make the difference between a successful student and one who struggles with every subject. This fall, kids of all ages in Kansas City, Kansas will get their very own bookmobile for the first time in years. These days, bookmobiles don’t ... Read full article...

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The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky

At 1100 square feet it’s the largest continuous wall graphic we’ve ever produced. It’s also the largest ever installed in the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It took over 28 hours production time and another 10 hours for a crew of three to install. It’s from an original photograph from the museum collection and will serve as a backdrop for some of the 140 pieces in The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky exhibit. The exhibit features art spanning 2000 years and opened to the public last Sunday, September 21. These pieces will only be ... Read full article...

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Book pays tribute to 100-year anniversary of Kansas City icon

As Kansas City’s Union Station prepares to celebrate its 100 year anniversary October 30, we have some exciting news! Local photographer Roy Inman, who for the past several years has provided photos of Kansas City icons for Boelte-Hall’s desk calendars, has a new book, Union Station: Reflections After 100 Years, coming out in October. We recently chatted with Roy about the monumental task of gathering and sorting through all those years of photographs and memories. Are all the photographs in the book from the restoration? "The book begins with historical photos from the early beginnings of Union Station; ... Read full article...

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Fresh ideas on the horizon

Boelte-Hall’s Jerry Ward returned from yesterday’s Postal Customer Council event with renewed optimism on the future of the United States Postal Service. Jerry shared some of the day’s key points with us. What impressed you the most yesterday? “I was impressed with the Postal Service’s efforts to implement changes quickly. You know, in the past they were like a dinosaur. They’re becoming a lot more nimble. [Postmaster General] Donahoe knows what’s going on, he understands cross channel marketing and how it works. He knows that the key to the Postal Service’s success is to adopt and use digital ... Read full article...