Great War | Great Read

August - October 2014

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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Guns of August Still Reverberating The Guns of August book cover

After a special tour of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, FYI Book Club readers gathered recently to discuss The Guns of August, the classic nonfiction work by Barbara W. Tuchman.


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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Can't Buy Him Love

September 17, 1964: Twenty thousand fans gather in Municipal Stadium to hear the Beatles, who are paid $150,000 for the 31-minute concert. Unheard of in a Beatles performance, the turnout is nearly 15,000 below the venue’s maximum capacity.

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

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