Great War | Great Read

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The Great War | Great Read is a collaboration with the National World War I Museum commemorating the centennial of the start of World War I with book discussions, films, and events. Learn more...

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Book Review: The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light The Holy or the Broken

How compelling can a whole book about one song be? As it turns out: Quite a lot, and very compelling. The secret to this book is that it isn't just about a song. It's a meditation on pop culture over the past few decades.


This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
September 1864
General Sterling Price’s “Army of Missouri” invades its namesake state in hopes of capturing it for the Confederacy, William “Bloody Bill” Anderson leads his bushwhackers in a bloody massacre, and the first major fighting of Price’s Raid ensues at Pilot Knob. Read More...


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A University is Born University of Kansas City administration building, circa 1930s

October 1, 1933: Two thousand people gather to witness a ceremony officially opening the University of Kansas City. Founded for Kansas Citians who could not travel far away to attend college, classes began the next day with 264 students and 17 instructors.

Jason Pollen: Unfurled - Opening Reception Jason Pollen: Unfurled - Opening Reception

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American Royal Building Interior, 1922American Royal Building Interior, 1922

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