Event Archive

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Format: 2016-02-11
Format: 2016-02-11
  • In a discussion of her new book, author LaDene Morton examines one of the grandest experiments of American urban planning, Kansas City’s exclusive Country Club District. Its boundaries still unmarked, its full story remained untold – until now.
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    One of the grandest experiments of American urban planning, the Country Club District, lies tucked in the heart of Kansas City. Initiated in 1905, it eventually spilled over 6,000 acres and attracted national attention to a city still forging its identity.

    In a discussion of her new book, author LaDene Morton examines a project that required a half-century of careful development to fully fulfill the vision of founder J.C. Nichols. Home today to many of the city’s most exclusive residential areas and commercial properties, the district’s boundaries still are unmarked. Only now is the entirety of its story being told.

  • Author Denise Kiernan recounts the experiences of thousands of civilians, many of them young women, recruited during World War II to work at a secretive site in Tennessee. Their mission, as later revealed: enriching the uranium that led to the first atomic bombs.
    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    At the height of World War II, the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee—then known only as the Clinton Engineering Works—boasted 75,000 people and yet did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women, were recruited to the secretive site and trained not to talk about what they did or knew.

    This was where the U.S. enriched the uranium that led to the first atomic bombs, a fact not revealed to workers until the bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945.

    Journalist Denise Kiernan recounts the women’s experiences in a discussion of her book The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. The presentation continues the series War Stories: World War II Remembered, which is co-presented by the Truman Library Institute and made possible by funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

  • Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives at Kansas City shows  how enterprising genealogists, biographers, and historians can access a trove of records – visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, and official correspondence – kept by the government while tracking arriving immigrants since the 1940s.
    Sunday, June 7, 2015

    The federal government has been keeping tabs on foreign visitors to these shores for decades. In 1940 the Immigration and Naturalization Service began issuing each of them an Alien Registration number, and in 1944—in the midst of World War II—began to use this number to create individual case files called Alien Files or “A-Files.” They contain all records from any active case of an alien not yet naturalized—visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, and official correspondence—gathered as the individual passed through the U.S. immigration and inspection process.

    Archivist Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives of Kansas City shows how the enterprising genealogist, biographer, or historian can access this treasure trove of information. The National Archives preserves and makes available to researchers more than 450,000 A-Files for individuals who were born in 1910 or earlier, many of them with direct connections to this area.

  • Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale.
    Saturday, June 6, 2015

    Location: City Market, 400 Grand St.

    Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact info@kclibraryfriends.org, or call 816.701.3468.

  • Join a musical safari, encountering an array of African animals whose names are set to rhythm. Then, pick a percussion instrument and let the jungle jam begin.  Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Join a musical safari, encountering an array of African animals whose names are set to rhythm. Then, pick a percussion instrument and let the jungle jam begin. As the rhythms of the animals blend, a joyful sense of community begins to develop. Appropriate for all ages.

    Additional appearances at the Library:

    Tuesday, June 9 | 10 a.m.
    Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Pkwy.

  • Stuart Anderson, who heads the nonprofit National Foundation for American Policy, draws from his report American-Made 2.0: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Continue to Contribute to the U.S. Economy in discussing the substantial impact of immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals in the country today.
    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    A growing number of well-known companies including Google, Facebook, Intel, eBay, and LinkedIn have this much in common: They were founded or co-founded by immigrants.

    Stuart Anderson, who heads the nonprofit National Foundation for American Policy, draws from his report American Made 2.0: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Continue to Contribute to the U.S. Economy in discussing the substantial role of immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals in the country today. Despite continued federal restrictions on skilled immigrants, a third of all U.S. venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder and employ nearly 65,500.

  • Michael Auslin, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, examines Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive the country and what the outcome could portend for America and Europe.
    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Japan is in the middle of a historic experiment. Nearly a quarter-century after the end of its post-World War II economic miracle, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is boldly attempting—through massive government spending, monetary easing, and an overhaul of Japan’s highly regulated economy—to end a long period of political paralysis and revive the country, lifting it into a leadership role in Asia.

    Michael Auslin, a resident scholar and the director of Japan studies at the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute, examines the effort and the lessons it may hold for the West. Many of Japan’s problems are mirrored in America and Europe. Its success, or lack of it, could signal whether they are on a similar path to low growth, political incompetence, and social malaise.

  • In a discussion of his new book, former Kauffman Foundation executive Robert E. Litan makes the case that economists – whose reputation took a hit with the 2008 stock market crash – actually are actually unsung heroes whose theories drive business innovation.
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    This event has been canceled at the speaker’s request due to illness.

    Rightly or wrongly—and author Robert E. Litan insists it’s wrongly—the public’s esteem for economists plunged in the wake of their inability to forecast the 2008 stock market crash. In truth, Litan says, they are unsung heroes whose theories have driven improvements in daily business practices in areas ranging from investing and energy to air travel and online dating, generating more than a trillion dollars in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

    Litan makes the case that economists are far more often effective innovators than hit-and-miss prognosticators in a discussion of his book Trillion Dollar Economists: How Economists and Their Ideas Have Transformed Business. A former vice president and director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, he currently is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

  • Colorado native Neil McIntyre – aka Mr. Kneel – delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun.   Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, May 29, 2015

    Coloradan Neil McIntyre—aka Mr. Kneel—delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Friday, May 29, 2015

    Featuring nearly 2,500 items priced from 50¢ to $1, including children's books at every reading level, youth audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs. A small selection of new and vintage books will also be available. All proceeds support services and programs at the Kansas City Public Library.

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