Alice Pearl Metzner (1869-1948) Scrapbook (KC0198)
Little is known about the life of Alice Pearl Metzner. She was born the daughter of Theodore Metzner, a successful stove merchant in Kansas City. Though she reportedly was the first woman graduate from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and may also have studied medicine abroad and at the Kansas City Medical College, Miss Metzner apparently never practiced her profession due to her own fragile health. Instead she cared for her father and traveled when she could.
It is assumed she lived in California during the last years of her father's life, but returned to Kansas City to live quietly and contributed silently to charities in this city. She died on September 16, 1948, at the age of 79 years. Miss Metzner's Estate, valued at approximately $200,000, came to the University of Kansas City.
On the 10th of April, 1900, Alice Metzner and her father, Theodore, set out from Kansas City on an excursion to Germany and France. Traveling first to Niagara Falls and then to New York City, the couple set sail aboard the S.S. Pretoria on 21 April, and arrived at Cuxhaven, Germany, on 4 May. They visited Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Hohenstein, Dresden and Heidelberg before ending their tour in late June at Paris by attending the Exposition Universelle, 1900. They departed Europe on 6 July aboard the Deutschland and arrived again in New York City on the 14th of July. This journey is documented in Miss Metzner's scrapbook with photographs, programs, postcards and letters, and other memorabilia. Also included are unidentified photographs of family and friends, as well as a series of pictures presumable taken in Colorado of trains and mining operations. 1900-1901.
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