Plus, the inaugural Women's Cup lineup is announced.
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Sunrise 6:05 a.m. | Sunset 8:24 p.m.

🎓 Turning back the tassel
Three vintage KCMO high school yearbooks side by side
The only thing these are missing are autographs on the back pages. | Photos via MVSC
Think being a student in the pre-internet age kept your embarrassing freshman year photo off the web? Think again.

Today, we’re cracking open the Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library’s online archive with loads of local history to sift through — including 1000+ yearbooks from metro schools spanning the 1920s to 2000s.

We’re willing to bet that’s most of our readers, unless there’s a Guinness World Record holder in our midst.

Here’s how to find your own:
  1. Visit the Missouri Valley Special Collections. This site has all the goodies — it’s even inspired a few fan-fave KCtoday articles.
  2. Find your high school in the drop menu + narrow down the results by your desired year.
  3. Once you’ve found the one, scroll through and bask in the memories. (The site even lets you download + print the files, just click the appropriate icons in the top right corner.)
  4. Not all yearbooks — including those from elementary, middle, trade + universities — are available online. See if your year is on the list and check it out in-person at the Central Library.
With graduation season in full swing, we’re figured it was the perfect time for this healthy dose of nostalgia. So please, share your favorite photos with KCtoday + we may feature them in an upcoming newsletter.
Tuesday, May 14
  • Paint Night “Matisse ala Pour” | Tuesday, May 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | First Art Gallery of Olathe, 12755 S. Mur-Len Rd., Ste. b12, Olathe, KS | $30 | Choose a background and paint some fruit to create a Matisse-like still life.
  • Throne of Grace | Tuesday, May 14 | 7-8 p.m. | Rainy Day Books, 2706 W. 53rd St., Fairway, KS | $33 | Tom Clavin, co-author of “Blood and Treasure,” is back with his new book written with Bob Drury, “Throne of Grace.”
Wednesday, May 15
  • Wednesday Morning Pickup Golf | Wednesday, May 15 | 8-11 a.m. | Heart of America Golf Course, 7501 Blue River Rd., KCMO | $27 | Get over your mid-week slump with a morning tee time.
  • KC-APA Annual Boulevard Event | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Boulevard Brewing Company, 2501 Southwest Blvd., KCMO | $0-$20 | Eat, drink, network, and celebrate KC Metro planners with fellow APA enthusiasts.
Thursday, May 16
  • Moonlight Market | Thursday, May 16, Thursday, June 20 | 4-8 p.m. | 11110 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS | Free | Shop dozens of local vendors, swing by the beer garden, don’t forget to bring the kids for all kinds of family-friendly fun.
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News Notes
  • Changes are coming to the development project at the former Sears near 97th Street and Metcalf Ave. Box Development LLC plans to grant a portion of its site to Indiana-based Thompson Thrift — reducing the 135,300-sqft mixed-use site by roughly two-thirds to make way for a four story apartment complex. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • The lineup for the inaugural Women’s Cup at CPKC Stadium has been announced. KC Current, Mamelodi Sundowns, Atlético de Madrid, and INAC Kobe Leonessa will face off on Wednesday, Aug. 14 + Saturday, Aug. 17.
Kansas Citian
  • “Eight Seconds: Black Rodeo Culture,” a new photo book by artist and rodeo boss Ivan McClellan, explores the overlooked Black past and present of the Wild West’s favorite pastime — partly inspired by the photographer’s KCK upbringing. (New York Times)
  • Overland Park is making gains with Body Fit Training, a new “science-based” fitness studio in Prariefire (6285 W. 135th St.). Its high-intensity group workouts are open for booking, though the space won’t officially open until Thursday, May 16. (Johnson County Post)
  • Charbroiled burger chain Back Yard Burgers is leaving the metro with the closing of its last two locations. The final day to grab a burger + a hand-dipped shake is tomorrow, May 15 at its Blue Springs eatery. (Kansas City Star)
🏈 Football season, here we come
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce dives to catch the ball with the Ravens' #21 right behind him.
The drama, the movement... it almost looks like a Renaissance painting. | Photo by Kyle Rivas, Kansas City Chiefs
We’ve had the vote, we’ve seen new renderings, and now — with Arrowhead’s fate still up in the air — it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The NFL season opener will welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Arrowhead — rehashing the 2024 AFC Championship that sent KC to its fourth Super Bowl win. (Ah, memories...)

The rest of the NFL schedule will be released tomorrow, with individual game tickets going on sale at 11 a.m. this Thursday, May 16.

That means it’s only 114 days (aka 2,736 hours, aka 164,160 minutes) until football season begins, Kansas City. But who’s counting, anyway?
The Buy
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The Wrap
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From the editor
Between Mother’s Day and graduation parties, I had a full weekend in the city. The most fun was Saturday’s AANHPI Heritage Festival at CPKC Stadium, mostly because I can’t stop thinking about Smoke ‘n’ Seoul‘s Korean fried chicken sandwich.
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