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  • 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.

  • Author Tracy Daugherty marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Catch-22 with a presentation based on his new book, Just One Catch, the first major biography of Joseph Heller.
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, and a military veteran whose experiences flying missions over France during World War II would become the inspiration for an American classic, Catch-22. When he passed away in 1999, Heller left behind a body of work, including the novels Something Happened and Good as Gold, that remain in print.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Steve Paul discusses his new book, a collection of “KC Architecture A-Z” columns that have appeared in Star Magazine. The book contains more than 200 photographs of Kansas City’s architectural scene.
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Architecture A-Z began as a Star Magazine feature based on a simple concept: What can we learn and share about Kansas City’s history and contemporary scene if we take a simple walk through the alphabet?

  • Award-winning photographers are recognized at this event marking the grand opening of the Green Exposures exhibit, a collection of photographs shot in Kansas City’s parks.
    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Award-winning photographers are recognized at this event marking the grand opening of the Green Exposures Exhibit, a collection of photographs shot in Kansas City’s parks and featuring among others Nikita the polar bear, ethnic dancers, Gillham Park shrouded in mist, and the Pioneer Mother.

  • James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories.
    Sunday, October 23, 2011

    James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, and a juror for New York’s World Trade Center Memorial Site competition and Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories. Young is distinguished professor of English and Judaic Studies, and director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

  • Enjoy a spooky, interactive concert by The Fine Arts Chorale featuring songs woven together with stories told by local storyteller Priscilla Howe.
    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Enjoy a spooky, interactive concert by The Fine Arts Chorale featuring songs woven together with stories told by local storyteller Priscilla Howe. Howe tells stories from books and world folktales, served with a generous dollop of humor to be appreciated by audiences of all ages.

    Co-sponsored by The Fine Arts Chorale.

  • Archaeologist Dan L. Davis,  explains how he helped direct the first scientific excavation of two ancient deep-water wrecks in the Black Sea using a remotely operated vehicle.
    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    The Black Sea once served as a maritime highway for ancient and medieval cultures. In its depths, an international team of archaeologists and oceanographers are now discovering shipwrecks using the latest in robotic and digital imaging technology.

  • CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes government attempts to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    CKE Restaurants Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder shares his views on job creation and explains why he believes attempts by the government to orchestrate labor markets usually backfire.

    Puzder contends that the American private sector has always been the initiator of new employment, and consistently introduced the products and service innovations that put millions of people to work.

    Co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

  • Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III launches its second season with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein.
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III launches its second season with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein.

    Mark Twain’s novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, established him as one of the great American writers, while some accounts (like that of Ernest Hemingway) cite him as the source of American literature.

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