Event Archive

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Format: 2016-06-29
Format: 2016-06-29
  • The Kansas City Star’s Darryl Levings discusses his new historical novel, following Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas to the battles of Westport and Mine Creek.
    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Local author and journalist Darryl Levings discusses his new book, a work of historical fiction that follows Price’s Raid in 1864 from the day forces crossed the border from Arkansas
    to clashes at Westport and Mine Creek.

    This was Missouri in 1864: Teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson; a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance; and officers and men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Co-sponsored by Star Books.

  • Vietnam War veteran and Veterans for Peace Interim Director Mike Ferner discusses the Windows & Mirrors Exhibit and offers his thoughts on the Afghan War and its effect on civilians.
    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan features panels created by international artists and American students to help viewers imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hope for peace.

    Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran, discusses the exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. A 1 p.m. reception precedes the event.

  • Join Keith Lee Johnson,  RM Johnson, Bernice McFadden, and Carleen Brice for presentations, discussions, and book signings.
    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Spend an Afternoon with four Contemporary African American Authors

    Keith Lee Johnson, author of the Little Black Girl Lost stories

    RM Johnson, author of The Harris Family and The Million Dollar Divorce

    Bernice McFadden, author of 2011 NAACP Image Award Nominee Glorious

    Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters

  • Saturday, November 12, 2011

    The Border Reconstructed and Remembered, moderated by Gary Kremer, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and featuring talks by:

    Aaron Astor, Maryville College; The Lexington Weekly Caucasian: White Supremacist Discourse in Post-Civil War Western Missouri

    John McKerley, The State Historical Society of Missouri; Across the Bloody Chasm: Race, Liberalism, and the Reconstruction of Missouri Politics

  • XM Kids Radio Star and PBS featured artist Bari Koral performs pop-friendly tunes that will have your preschooler dancing in the aisles.
    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Certified yoga teacher and music and movement instructor Bari Koral performs tunes that will have your preschooler dancing in the aisles.

    Called “Sheryl Crow for kids” by the New York Post, Koral’s songs, such as “Hey Ducky” and “The Backpack Song,” are a hit with children and adults. Koral will play songs from her latest album, Rock and Roll Garden.

  • Friday, November 11, 2011

    Sectional Crisis and Civil War on the Western Border, 1860-1865, moderated by William Piston, Missouri State University, and featuring talks by:

    Randy Mullis, Command and General Staff College; The Illusion of Security and the Fragility of Peace: Kansas and Missouri on the Eve of the Civil War

    Jonathan Earle, University of Kansas; “If I Went West, I Think I Would Go To Kansas”: Abraham Lincoln, the Sunflower State, and the Election of 1860

  • Friday, November 11, 2011

    A Border Wars Book Fair sponsored by the UMKC Book Store featuring an extensive list of titles relating to the Bleeding Kansas period and the Civil War in the trans-Mississippi West concludes with a with a book signing by authors participating in the symposium.

    General Sales: 12 noon – 6 p.m.
    Book Signing: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Friday, November 11, 2011

    Making the Border Bleed: Slavery and Politics in Territorial Kansas, moderated by Virgil Dean, Kansas Historical Society, and featuring talks by:

    Kristen Epps, Colorado State University – Pueblo; Before the Border Wars: Slavery and Southern Settlement on the Western Frontier, 1825-1845

    Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University; The Goose Question: The Proslavery Party in Territorial Kansas and the “Crisis in Law and Order”

  • Preeminent American Civil War scholar Michael Fellman examines the robbery, arson, torture, murder, and raids that characterized this  most uncivil of wars in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands during the 1850s-60s.
    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.

  • Join 17 leading scholars of the  Civil War-era conflict in Missouri and Kansas for a series of talks  and presentations on this most uncivil of wars.
    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    The Border Wars Conference, featuring sessions at both the Central Library and the Plaza Branch, offers an exploration of this most uncivil of wars while providing insight into the ways in which societies can be fragmented by ideology and ultimately rebuilt upon different lines.

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