Without history, Kansas City is just a place. A nice place, to be sure -- one with lots of trees and cozy houses. But to simply live here in the moment doesn't quite feel adequate. Making our rounds through the city's aging brick towers and stately four-squares, we sense that it's all part of some long, fascinating story. The Heritage League of Greater Kansas City helps us connect with Kansas City's narrative. The group offers workshops on genealogy, meetings where lore is passed around and, best of all, walking tours of some of the city's most historically rich neighborhoods. Right now its members are working on a map full of little tidbits about Kansas City's past. We can't wait to get our hands on it so that we can make our own tours.