Event Archive

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  • One of the prime movers of the neighborhood revivals of New York’s Soho and Miami’s South Beach, Tony Goldman shares his experiences as an innovative real estate development leader.
    Monday, April 18, 2011

    One of the prime movers of the neighborhood revivals of New York’s Soho and Miami’s South Beach, Tony Goldman shares his experiences as an innovative real estate development leader who has helped transform the urban landscape in four major U.S. cities while redefining the way people inhabit communities in America.

  • Longtime FBI agent William Ouseley discusses his new book about the family that ruled organized crime in Kansas City for three decades, during which time bodies turned up in car trunks, gunfire was exchanged in restaurants, and buildings were blown up.
    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Organized crime formed part of the political, economic, and social fabric of Kansas City for much of the 20th century; and the mob’s power was never greater than in the three decades it was ruled by Nick Civella.

  • Children ages 8-12 are invited to create a storybook with local artist Anne Pearce, who facilitates the interactive program. When finished, the book will be bound and entered into the Plaza Branch’s circulating collection.
    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Children ages 8-12 are invited to create a storybook with local artist Anne Pearce, who facilitates the interactive program. Once a story is decided upon, each child will be given a page in the book to illustrate. When finished, the book will be bound and entered into the Plaza Branch’s circulating collection.

    The event complements Pearce’s exhibit, Passport, on display through April 24, 2011,
    in the Guldner Gallery of the Central Library.

  • 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.

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