Happening in Kansas City
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As 2009 passes into the past, a new project to preserve the history of LGBT Kansas City-area residents is set to get underway.
It’s a collaboration among the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, the Kansas City Museum and Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society to be known as the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, GLAMA for short. GLAMA’s principals hope to solicit residents’ oral histories, memories and memorabilia.
The initial emphasis will be on gathering soon-to-be lost tales of Kansas City’s gay past. Organizers are looking to a pioneer in the field of regional LGBT history, Tami Albin, the University of Kansas librarian who created “Under the Rainbow: Oral Histories of GLBTIQ People in Kansas.” The GLAMA team has also enlisted the help of local historian Ross Freese. Another healthy Missouri paradigm exists in the form of OLGA (Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives) housed at the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Missouri State University in Springfield.
The primary home for GLAMA is to be in the LaBudde Special Collections Department of UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library. The process of finding local people willing to share stories, conducting audio interviews and archiving these oral histories is sure to be a challenge, said Stuart Hinds, head of LaBudde. Hinds has wanted to take on a gay history project since graduate school.
Although the initial emphasis will be on oral histories, from the grandiose to the mundane, there will likely be those who have secret troves of tchotchkes, souvenirs and other tangible goodies. A very small number of those might be considered for archiving – library, museum and historical society space is at a premium.
The Kansas City Museum has already accepted one such collection.
Community volunteer Mike Sugnet, a former Camp columnist and ad sales representative, has donated his two decades worth of AIDS Walk T-shirts to the museum, and the collection has been transformed into one of the museum’s Exhibits-in-Print. “What We Did for Love: AIDS Walk T-Shirt Collection” is exemplary of what the Kansas City Museum does: It collects, preserves and displays contemporary materials and it validates the experiences Kansas Citians – in this case, LGBT Kansas Citians.
The museum is now undergoing renovation but curators, archivists and others are doing their best to keep the collections obtrusive.
“Physical exhibits are on hiatus in deference to the renovation process underway at the site. 2010 will see a full complement of the Exhibits-in-Print presented online,” said Christopher Leitch, director, Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall.
Copies of the Exhibit-in-Print version of “What We Did for Love” will be available for purchase at the Kansas City Museum’s visitor center at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. A limited number may be ordered through the Friends of Kansas City Museum (friendsofkansascitymuseum.org). Proceeds will benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City.
Hinds and Leitch’s third institutional partner in GLAMA is represented by David W. Jackson, the director of archives and education at the Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society in Independence, Mo. (jchs.org).
If you have unique personal stories of Kansas City’s gay past or if you’re the caretaker of a personal cache of LGBT-related artifacts, give Hinds a call or email.
We’ll be checking back with the GLAMA committee later to see how things are progressing.
GLAMA – the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America
GLAMA Web page
Stuart Hinds Head, LaBudde Special Collections Department
Miller Nichols Library
University of Missouri-Kansas City
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
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