Event Archive

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  • In recognition of Preservation Week, the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.
    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    In recognition of Preservation Week (April 24–30, 2011), the Library offers a series of presentations aimed at helping community members save and store family photos for posterity.

    On April 16, Special Collections Librarian Lucinda Adams leads a presentation on Caring for Print Photographs. On April 30, Digital Projects Manager Jordan Fields leads a presentation on Preserving Digital Images.

  • Attend an 1800’s era tea party! Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War attire and will teach the proper tea “rules”.
    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Attend an 1800s-era tea party! Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War-era attire and will teach the proper way to hold your cup, stir your tea, use your napkin, and other tea “rules.” Children, ages 6-10, will enjoy tea and cookies while using their new skills.

    Let’s Have Tea! is part of a series of programs in coordination with the John Wornall House Museum to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

  • Historian Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor whose real life often differs from the English-speaking world’s stereotype.
    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Mark Gerges of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the influence and accomplishments of Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • Three authors sit down for a candid discussion of the publishing industry.  Nancy Pickard, Sally Goldenbaum, and Michelle Black explain what it is really like to write novels, find agents, work with editors, get published, and survive as an author.
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Three authors with more than 50 published books between them sit down for a candid discussion of the publishing industry on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Excerpts from the documentary Who Does She Think She Is? will stimulate a conversation exploring the unique challenges women and men with creative careers face as they attempt to balance the demands of families, careers, and artistic fulfillment.
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    A Screening of the Documentary Who Does She Think She Is? to be shown at
    The Kansas City Public Library

  • One of Missouri’s most acclaimed musical groups, Shortleaf Band with Michael Fraser presents a concert featuring original and traditional music from the Civil War.
    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Shortleaf Band with Michael Fraser presents a concert featuring original and traditional music from the Civil War. One of Missouri’s most acclaimed musical groups, the band has conducted extensive research into Civil War-era music and composition techniques, and has performed at various Civil War re-enactments as well as at the John Wornall House Museum. Shortleaf has its roots in the Ozarks, but is now based in Kansas City. The band’s core includes fiddle, flute, and guitar.

  • Producer Greg Hurd introduces a new documentary about the history of Kansas City’s black health care pioneers and their efforts.
    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Greg Hurd introduces his documentary, From Separate to Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers, a collaboration with Kevin Willmott.

    Scheduled to air on KCPT in April, the documentary tells the history of Kansas City’s black health care pioneers and their efforts, which eventually led to the integration of several health care systems that formed Truman Medical Centers.

    Co-sponsored by Truman Medical Centers and Kansas City Public Television.

  • To give a preview of the troupe’s forthcoming April 13, 2011, performance at Music Hall Kansas City, Linda Kuang presents an illustrated talk on traditional Chinese arts and culture and a preview of this year’s show.
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Through colorful costumes, dramatic backdrops, and world-class musicians and dancers, Shen Yun is recognized as one of the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music companies.

  • International relations scholar John Mearsheimer offers a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    International relations scholar John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago discusses his new book, Why Leaders Lie, a comprehensive examination of the strategic lies told in international politics.

  • On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Military historian Ethan Rafuse discusses the battle and the effect it had on a nation that had feared a civil war for months before the first shots were fired.
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ending an excruciating period of uncertainty and marking the start of the most destructive war ever waged on American soil—the Civil War.

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the battle at Fort Sumter, historian Ethan Rafuse of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on the nation.