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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
September - November 2015

No other product of Victorian literature has enjoyed as long and boisterous a life as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved book with special events, book discussions, film screenings, and an art exhibit. Learn more...

This Week in KC History
Cool Operator Elmer F. Pierson

August 27, 1896: Elmer F. Pierson, who, with brother John, will found the Vendo company, market the first reliable Coca-Cola vending machines, and dominate the vending machine industry, is born in Kansas City.

KC Unbound Blog
Book Review - His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous as the creator of the character of Sherlock Holmes, and as the author of the 56 original short stories and four novels featuring this character.

1864: The Year of Decision? 1864: The Year of Decision?

Event Archive

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Giving to the Library

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A Dip into the PastA Dip into the Past

Missouri Valley Special Collections

features local Kansas City history and resources. Browse our collection of historic images from Kansas City.

Civil War on the Western Border

Civil War on the Western Border

Explore the Civil War's legacy in our region with the Library's award-winning site.

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