May 7, 2022
On May 1, 2022, the Lee’s Summit History Museum named the museum room, which houses local newspaper artifacts, the W. Ferrell Shuck Journal Room in honor of the long-standing publisher of the Lee’s Summit Journal. The Museum maintains these artifacts including bound archived volumes of newspapers which have served Lee’s Summit throughout the years.
Shuck, Publisher of the newspaper from 1965 to 2000, who saw the largest growth rate in the city during his years there, was honored posthumously. His wife, Janice Shuck, and several of his children and grandchildren attended the event. Former Publisher Steve Curd and former Managing Editor Nick Parker were also in attendance.
Steve remembered a quote Ferrell left framed on the office wall. It read “A newspaper’s job is to print the news and raise hell!” Steve said “Ferrell did both better than anyone.” Nick Parker stated “I am incredibly appreciative of the Board and the volunteers at the Lee’s Summit History Museum for creating this space that not only honors one of Lee’s Summit’s great citizens, but also shows the vital role community journalism plays in our community’s history.”
The W. Ferrell Shuck Journal Room is located in the History Museum and may be viewed with an advance request. The Museum is located at 220 SW Main Street in the old Post Office building which was built in 1939. The building was later used as City Hall until it moved in 2012. For additional information on the Lee’s Summit History Museum, you may check the Museum’s Facebook page or website at www.leessummitmuseum.com.