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Library Interview: U.S. Senate Historian Donald A. Ritchie

Donald A. Ritchie

What's it like to be the in-house historian for the United States Senate? Before he visits the Library on Monday, February 20, Donald A. Ritchie told us about how Congress has changed – and how it hasn't – in the past 200 years.

Author Interview: South African Novelist Zakes Mda on Mandela, Apartheid, and Ubuntu

Zakes Mda by Jim Shirey

As a boy in South Africa, Zakes Mda saw his father dragged off by police in the middle of the night. His crime was criticizing the racist white government.

Author Interview: Jennifer Phegley on Finding Love in Victorian Times

Jennifer Phegley

Way before online personals were a twinkle in Craig Newmark’s eye, our Victorian forebears had their own version of dating services to assist them in the search for a mate.

Victorian Valentines Contest: Write a Victorian Personal Ad for Valentine’s Day, Win Chocolate

Marriage and Courtship

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Kansas City Public Library is inviting its online fans to write personal ads for their favorite characters from Victorian literature. The writer of the best ad will receive a box of Christopher Elbow chocolates and a free copy of Jennifer Phegley’s book Courtship and Marriage in Victorian England.

A Team for America: Local Cadets Remember the Army-Navy Game

Army Navy 1944 program cover

There are lots of college football rivalries. But the annual collision of Army and Navy is in a league of its own. Even for people who don’t follow either team during the fall, the season-capping Army-Navy game is a big deal.

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