Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Radio and Ragtime

We appreciate the interest in our recent events. We have a good deal of follow up to do and hope you'll be patient with us in this matter. This past week has been pretty busy for us at our respective jobs, so we haven't posted for a bit. We always welcome your emails at

First thanks to Charles and Carol at KKFI, 90.1 FM. It was fun to experience being on air. They're great hosts. Make sure you tune in on Fridays at noon for Anything Goes.

The event at the Central Kansas City Public Library was a blast. We appreciate the staff and especially those in the Missouri Valley Room for past research assistance and hosting the event. Mary Beveridge organized the event and was great to work with. Chris, who handled the audio/visual and more, made everything come together. Pianist Wally Bradford played a rousing Petticoat Lane Rag to open our talk. The very nice lady for Rainy Day Books set up and made our book available. We had a good crowd and enjoyed hearing stories. Hope to share some of these here, along with an amazing Harzfeld's themed item that an attendee brought in for display.

Photo: Looking south from third floor of Central Kansas City Public Library.The Deardorff Building / Harzfeld's, designed by John McKecknie in 1913, is framed in the center.

Today's Links

Harzfeld's on Facebook

Visit Elgin Park

Friday, March 19, 2010

Downtown Library Event

(past) We hope you'll attend our talk at the Kansas City Public Library at 14 W. 10th Street on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Our book will be available for purchase thanks to Rainy Day Books.

Pianist Wally Bradford will open the event with the playing of "Petticoat Lane Rag."

Tune in to Anything Goes

(past) At noon today we'll be on Anything Goes, hosted by Charles Feruzza and Carol Barta on KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Community Radio. It should be fun, so hope you'll listen in.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More from the Webster House Event

Here's guest Judy Hubbard and Michele. Judy brought in her wedding photo from 1960; the dress was from Harzfeld's.

Gayle Hutchens of the Webster House coordinated the event. She was very fun to work with. We're grateful to her and the rest of the hospitable Webster House staff for providing such an amazing space for us to present our talk and display the exhibit. Thanks to all for a fun weekend!

Two more fashions from the Historic Garment District Museum. The one on the left is by irene and the one on the right is by Norman Norell.

We had a wonderful lunch at the Webster House, but didn't find time for dessert. Gayle sent us home with a couple slices of the "Hat Box Cake." We know, neither of the box shapes appeared to be for a hat, but Gayle, rightfully, thought the name sounded better. It was delicious with homemade strawbery jam between the layers of cake and creamy frosting. Yum!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Webster House Event

We had a great time meeting the staff of the Webster House and those attending the event this past weekend.

It started with a cocktail happy hour on Friday evening. Lindsey & Gayle from the Webster House helped create displays for the exhibit that remained on display through Saturday.

This table featured fashion illustration by the late Patricia George. The first three were done for The Independent. In front of the illustrations is a sign from the '80s that we acquired through Arbuckle Sign Company, one of Kansas City's oldest companies still in operation, starting in 1884.

Ann Brownfield of the Historic Garment District Museum provided garments by designers and Kansas City manufacturers carried by Harzfeld's.

Ann Brownfield, of the Kansas City Historic Garment District Museum, with Michele at the Webster House event.Ann and Michele with fashions by Nelly Don, Adrian & Krest.

We had the chance to share some history on Harzfeld's and our book at two talks at 10 and 1 p.m. on Saturday. It was a pleasure to meet attendees including associates from the store. It was also great to see friends that attended.

We have more photos that we'll add to this post tonight.

Today's Links

We hope you'll attend our talk at the Kansas City Public Library at 14 W. 10th Street on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Our book will be available for purchase thanks to Rainy Day Books.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Webster House Harzfeld's Cake

This fabulous cake was created by the Pastry Chef, Darcy, at the Webster House. More on the cake, displays and our talk to come soon.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Brandeis Luncheon

What a great group of ladies. The Kansas City chapter of the Brandeis National Committee brings awareness and help support the Brandeis University Libraries, scholarships and fund medical research. It was an honor for us to meet the group on March 4 at their book and author luncheon. We presented information about our book on Harzfeld's, but learned as much from many ladies who patronized the store and several that worked there.

Today's Links

Saturday, March 13 talk at the Webster House

more details from events post

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

1959 Ford Galaxie

Cross-promotion was a common practice for Harzfeld's, from events, films and automobiles. We hope to locate this issue of Harper's Bazaar to provide more details. The label briefly featured is David Crystal.
right: January 1959 issue of Bazaar

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Friends at The Archives

This past Thursday we were honored to talk about our book at the National Archives in Kansas City. What a great staff, facility and resource. Kimberlee did a wonderful job of coordinating and promoting the event. Dee and the staff created a beautiful "just for the evening" display. Peggy at The Kansas City Store located onsite was also a pleasure to work with.

We got to see many friends from UMKC, Rockhurst University, Roeland Park UMC and the KC Modern group. We enjoyed meeting associates and customers of Harzfeld's and heard some great reminiscing. Thanks to all that attended.

Some UMKC Friends Photo: Nona Cady

Photo: Nona Cady

This Thursday we're excited to be presenting at the Kansas City chapter of the Brandeis National Committee's Book and Author Luncheon. More information on our recent events post.

Today's Links

A new collaboration including locally owned boutiques have a new space in the Power and Light District. The Garment District Boutique offers fashions and accessories in a location just two blocks south of where Sieg Harzfeld started the Parisian Cloak Company in the early 1890s. It's exciting to see retail returning to downtown Kansas City.
Article from the Kansas City Business Journal
Misty Gamble's exhibit, Primping and the Currency of Worth, will run from March 4-April 24 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.