"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see" - Winston S. Churchill

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Collecting stories from long-time Leawood residents was begun in the late 1990s as a means to document the experiences and encounters of everyday life. Members of the Leawood Historic Commission (LHC) have interviewed many individuals over the years, writing down their personal experiences. Collecting these stories through interviews is an on-going project carried out by members of the LHC. Bound volumes of the collected stories are kept by the Leawood Historic Commission. Some of the oldest remembrances dates to before the establishment of Leawood as a city. These early stories include the Oxford School, early Johnson County, Oscar Lee and his contributions, the Kroh Brothers development, and then the founding of the City of Leawood. Mayors, police and fire chiefs and other notables have been interviewed. As a way to give easy access to some of the remembrances. LHC members are providing edited excerpts about particular subjects. If you are interested in reading the complete interviews, access to the bound volumes can be arranged. If you would like to share your stories and experiences for future generations, please contact the LHC for a personal interview.