jevenator (Jill Jevens)

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Rebuilding Lawrence's German history

Honest study of history most often reveals a complex story. The question becomes how do we celebrate through preservation and events when the picture isn't entirely rosy? However, if a town can manage to accomplish this, it's Lawrence. I look forward to watching this evolve and I support it completely.
Well done, Chad. Nice work. Very engaging and well-constructed feature.

September 30, 2012 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Relatives come from across nation to pay respects at black cemetery

Thanks for doing this piece and thank you to Mr. Cheek for deciding to be a part of respecting this history!
Langston Hughes' grandfather, Charles Langston, also owned a farm near Lakeview, but he is buried here in town at Oak Hill Cemetery. These ancestors certainly would have known each other.
I'd love to see more pieces about Black history in Lawrence, like an in depth piece about Mamie Dillard.

July 21, 2012 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Natural selection: Burial method gains popularity

As one who is quite familiar with Oak Hill Cemetary because its history is interesting to me and it is next to my Brook Creek neighborhood, I want to thank you, Chad, for giving us this well-written piece about this unique part of it. I had wondered about that corner, and I think it's a really great alternative. This area of town is so interesting, and unlike the neighborhoods of some of my friends, who are in other parts of town, I've known many of my neighbors for years. It's funny to me when I hear others reference this far east side of town as "scary" or "dangerous". I'm happy to have chosen for the last 13 years to live in this friendly, interesting, and historic part of Lawrence.

May 27, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Journal-World resolving delivery delays

This is a big disappointment to me. I scan the Journal World every morning (I personally think the paper version is easier to scan quickly because you can see those first few paragraphs without click, click, and click) and I often reference items I see in it with my students. Also, I support the Newspapers in Education program. It seems to me that the regular subscription price is a pretty good deal for THEM considering the role I play in encouraging others to pay attention to the news they provide, in print AND online.
I have looked around my yard this morning, and I don't see a newspaper. I have not, yet, checked under my vehicle. If it's there, which sounds like it's possible considering the - intentionally? - abysmal delivery others have experienced, this may take me to my breaking point.
After the recent $5 announcement and yesterday's Koch editorial (which forgot to mention how they would like to see me FAIL as a teacher so they can claim public education doesn't work and begin to turn a profit on the minds of children) this may be it.
I, too, tried to call to make my inquiry, but no one at this BUSINESS is answering the phones.
This is either gross mismanagement or an intentional effort to disable the hard copy business. Either way, this is a huge disappointment for me.

April 1, 2012 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Vagrants and tree shade: Old ordinance books give insight into mid-1800s city life

Nice work. Feature pieces are one of the aspects of journalism that keep it a lively and dynamic asset to the community it serves. I'd love to see more. Thanks for this, Chad.

January 15, 2012 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man accused of violent sexual assault on bike path may have been involved in two earlier attacks

I know these two boys who came to her rescue and I couldn't be more proud of them! That is an incredibly brave thing to do. Although this certainly has been a nightmare for the young woman, I am so glad she's alive, and it's thanks to their actions and her own will to fight. Even though this guy is any community's worst nightmare, it's important to remember that we have also been reminded about the goodness and strength of others.

June 18, 2010 at 12:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Buried History

Another nice one, Phil. Keep up the good work! This is fascinating stuff, and I each time I find myself eagerly awaiting the next installment.

April 29, 2010 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Update: KU Libraries avails 1937 aerial image of Woodland Park

Cool! It is interesting how little evidence there was of the park only those few years later. Also, it's interesting to see the landscape as it was then, as opposed to now.

March 31, 2010 at 7:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

LiDAR image of the historic Woodland Park. The image reveals the location of the park's horse racing

I am quite familiar with the woods, and there is a main, well-worn (and often very muddy!) pathway through them that, before I knew about the track, always struck me as an old railroad bed because it is fairly wide and is distinctive. Now I know it is the southern stretch of the track. It is also clear where the western end of the track was because the earth appears to have been intentionally built up around the perimeter of that end.

March 30, 2010 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Daisy Dozer's Day

Regarding Dr. Evans' "hesitations", of course there are good reasons for that. No direct link appears to exist that ties the Daily Journal's content to his fictious story about "Sandy" and the party in "Stanton". However, I am struck by the circumstantial nature of these details. Hughes would have been 8 1/2 years old and living in Lawrence when the paper's editor decided to throw himself a big birthday party at Woodland Park, and he had decided to celebrate by treating the city's children to this free day. It is hard to imagine that a party, publicized in the newspaper and free for children would have gone un-noticed by any child in town. Then, to have published that "colored" children essentially weren't invited is noteworthy. Even if Hughes had not been turned away at the gate, certainly that intelligent and precocious child (who a few years later would observe dissection of human cadavers on the KU campus because he was curious!) would have been able to imagine the possibility of such a moment.

March 29, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )