Event Archive

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  • Park University English professor Dennis R. Okerstrom tells the story of the men who flew Bottoms Up on her final mission, and of an American pilot turned prisoner of war after he was gunned down over Croatia.
    Sunday, November 6, 2011

    The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

    A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.

  • Mike and Nancy Micham present a family program full of stories, songs, and lots of laughter as part of the 12th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.
    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Mike and Nancy Micham honed their skills telling stories and singing traditional folk music at Silver Dollar City. They will present a family program full of stories, song, and lots of laughter as part of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.

    Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College–Maple Woods.

  • Biographer David O. Stewart discusses his new portrait of  Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.
    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.

  • The Jackson County Executive reflects on the achievements and challenges of 2011 while looking ahead to 2012.
    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his annual State of the County Address in the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library.

    The two-term County Executive, having first been elected in 2006, has touched on making county government more transparent, the integration of a mass transit system, and planning for the next generation with regional cooperation.

  • Anda Union is a group of musicians from Inner Mongolia whose unique combination of throat singing and stringed lutes is the subject of a new film documentary that follows the group on a journey through the grasslands.
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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  • As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kauffman Foundation CEO Carl Schramm discusses entrepreneurial innovation, job creation, and economic growth.
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

    The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.

  • Harry J. Getzov, author of gOld, presents stories on the beauty of aging through the eyes of extraordinary senior citizens in a public conversation with KCUR personality Laura Ziegler.
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?

  • Reporter Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz discuss the history of Katz Drug Stores at a launch event for their new book The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz.
    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.

  • Meet and visit with a Civil War undertaker portrayed by Lee Ward and create a Victorian Halloween craft. Materials will be provided.
    Friday, October 28, 2011

    Funerals were very different during the Civil War era. Children can meet and visit with a Civil War undertaker and learn some of the “proper” mourning customs of the day. Lee Ward portrays the 1860s-era undertaker.

    After the presentation, children will get to create their own Victorian Halloween crafts. Materials will be provided.

    Co-sponsored by the John Wornall House.

  • Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College discusses the first year of the Civil War with an emphasis on battles and events that took place in Missouri.
    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri.

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