Event Archive

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Format: 2014-04-24
Format: 2014-04-24
  • Scott Miller of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum examines the fates of the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees who in 1937 fled Nazi Germany on the ship St. Louis but were returned to Europe after Cuba, the U.S., and Canada denied them refuge.
    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    In 1937 the German ocean liner St. Louis set sail from Hamburg to Cuba. Aboard were nearly 1,000 Jews hoping to escape the Nazis. But midway across the Atlantic their visas were revoked. First Cuba, then the United States and Canada, refused to take the refugees, who were returned to Europe.

    Scott Miller of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reveals the varied fates of the 937 refugees aboard the St. Louis, following the clues through archives in Havana, Europe, Israel, and the U.S., and through New York City neighborhoods to track down leads provided by friends, family members, and others who knew these passengers.

  • On the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas, historian Tony R. Mullis of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the notorious massacre and the years of back-and-forth atrocities that led up to it.
    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    On the 150th anniversary of William Clarke Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Tony R. Mullis of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, examines the notorious massacre and the years of back-and-forth atrocities by Confederate bushwackers and pro-Union Jayhawkers that led up to it.

    Mullis is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force and the author of Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas.

  • Time magazine editor-at-large  David Von Drehle holds a public conversation about The Future  of Space Exploration with The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach. The two will also discuss the recent sale of The Post to billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com.
    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    The August Dateline: Washington event at the Kansas City Public Library was supposed to be about outer space. Just outer space. Host David Von Drehle and The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach were to talk about the future of NASA and the American space program now that our astronauts are being launched from sites in Russia. But the recent sale of The Post to billionaire Jess Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, gives special meaning to the event.

    Not only is Achenbach a current Washington Post employee, but Von Drehle is a former Post reporter. So it’s only natural that they will devote part of the evening to discussing this seismic upheaval in the world of American journalism.

  • Film expert John Tibbetts observes the 150th anniversary of William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence by examining how that notorious massacre has been portrayed on film.
    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    William Quantrill’s August 21, 1863 Confederate raid on Lawrence, Kansas, left nearly 200 men and boys dead and the city in flames. Film expert John Tibbetts explores how that dramatic story has found its way onto celluloid in movies as varied as Dark Command (1940), Quantrill’s Raiders (1958), and Ang Lee’s locally-filmed Ride With the Devil (1999).

  • The Library celebrates the career of Kansas City-raised comedic actor Paul Rudd in this summer’s Off-the-Wall film series.
    Friday, August 16, 2013

    Forced by his bosses to participate in a cruel dinner where the guests are all idiots, Tim (Paul Rudd) thinks he’s found the perfect stooge in Barry (Steve Carell), who creates dioramas in which stuffed mice are costumed as historic characters. Directed by Jay Roach; with Zach Galifianakis and Bruce Geenwood.

  • Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Programs and a traveling exhibit from the Metropolitan Community College’s Business and Technology Campus explore how to land in-demand “gold collar” jobs – electric utility lineman, computer-controlled machine programmer, welder/fabricator, environmental engineering technician – with just an associate’s degree or less.

    The programs – 10 Gold Collar Jobs in KC and 10 Things that Get You Hired and 10 Things that Get You Fired – will be presented throughout the summer and fall at several Library locations.

  • Lawyer and author James P. Muehlberger digs into the 1869 killing of a bank cashier by the James brothers - long thought to be part of their first robbery - and finds it was actually an assassination attempt meant to avenge the death of Confederate guerrilla “Bloody Bill” Anderson.
    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    The 1869 killing of a bank cashier in Gallatin, Missouri, has long been considered the first in a long line of robberies by Jesse and Frank James. But in a discussion of his new book, lawyer and author James P. Muehlberger maintains that it wasn’t a robbery attempt at all. Rather, as documents that Muehlberger discovered show, it was a carefully planned execution meant to avenge the death of Confederate guerrilla leader “Bloody Bill” Anderson during the Civil War.

  • Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation  with Gail, president and owner of Gail’s Harley-Davidson, and one of the few female Harley-Davidson dealership owners.
    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Gail of Gail’s Harley-Davidson.

    A native of Belton, Missouri, Gail worked as a teenager at her father’s motorcycle shop and entered the male-dominated white-collar business world as a Harley-Davidson finance manager. In 2000 she purchased the dealership from her parents, becoming one of the few female Harley-Davidson dealership owners. Today Gail’s is the largest Harley dealership in the Midwest and one of the top in the country. In 2006 it was named one of the Top 10 Small Businesses in Kansas City by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

  • Architect Todd Achelpohl and Jonathan Kemper, president of the Library’s board of trustees, discuss how a historic bank building became the new home of the Central Library.
    Sunday, August 11, 2013

    Architect Todd Achelpohl of infrastructure solutions firm HNTB and Jonathan Kemper, president of the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees, discuss how after a century as a financial institution the First National Bank Building at 10th and Baltimore became the Central Library.

    The 2013 Kansas City Architecture Series examines how historic buildings in Kansas City’s downtown area have been repurposed and given new life.

  • Local kid rocker Jim Cosgrove gives a high-energy performance that carries a message that resonates with people young and old: “Hang onto the wonder of youth and love yourself, your neighbor, and the earth.” Appropriate for all ages.
    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Wrap up your summer with a concert from one of Kansas City’s favorite family entertainers.

    Jim Cosgrove, local kid rocker and Library favorite, gives a high-energy performance that carries a message that resonates with people young and old: “Hang on to the wonder of youth and love yourself, your neighbor, and the earth.”

    Appropriate for all ages.