From Lawrence, Kan. to Kansas City, Mo

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The National League of Cities kicked off a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary at the Congress of Cities in Kansas City, Mo. Delegates had the opportunity to view photographs and heirlooms from past Congresses of Cities in an area of the convention center dubbed the "NLC History Walk."

A timeline that ran the length of the 60 foot display traced the growth of the state municipal league movement from its origins in the 1890's. Organizational mile stones, legislative achievements and the expansion of membership were also noted in the chronology.

On December 12, 1924 representatives of ten state municipal leagues attended a meeting in Lawrence, Kansas called by John Stutz, executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities. At that meeting the foundation was laid for the American Municipal Association (AMA). AMA changed its name to the National League of Cities on December 12, 1964, the organization's 40th anniversary. The original hand written register from the 1924 meeting was on display at the NLC History Walk, along with volumes of the early published proceedings of the organization.

Many of the items included in the "NLC History Walk" were on loan from various state municipal leagues including photographs of the first meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials in 1910, and the 1931 Meeting of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

There were also published histories of the state leagues in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin used in display cases along the walk. Photographs borrowed from the state leagues in Arizona, Florida and Maryland were also included in the display. …