Meet the Past - George Caleb Bingham

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Be part of the studio audience as KCPT tapes the latest installment of Meet the Past when Crosby Kemper III interviews 19th-century painter George Caleb Bingham, as portrayed by Robert Gibby Brand, at the Truman Memorial Building in Independence.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
6:30pm

Truman Memorial Building
416 W. Maple Ave., Independence

In the mid-1800s Missouri was evolving from a rude frontier environment to a modern state. And capturing on canvas both the wilderness and advancing civilization was painter George Caleb Bingham, who resided in Independence for much of the 1860s.

Bingham (1811-1879) - portrayed by actor Robert Gibby Brand - returns for the Library's popular Meet the Past series on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 Maple St., Independence. (Travel directions and map below.)

Conducting the interview is library director Crosby Kemper III. The program will be taped by KCPT for later broadcast.

Bingham's large canvas "General Order No. 11"—painted at his studio in Independence—depicted the depredations inflicted by federal troops on civilians in western Missouri, who in 1863 were forced to abandon their homes as part of the army's war with Confederate guerillas. Bingham, a supporter of the Union cause, called the order "an act of imbecility" and purportedly warned Union Gen. Thomas Ewing: "If you execute this order, I shall make you infamous with pen and brush."

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the program.

Major funding for this season of Meet the Past has been provided by the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, Ken and Cindy McClain, and the J. B. Reynolds Foundation.

Travel Directions

- From downtown, take I-70 East to the Noland Road exit (Exit 12). Make a left onto Noland Road and travel three miles before turning left on E. Walnut St. Turn right onto S. Pleasant St., and then make a left onto Maple Ave. You will then arrive at the Truman Memorial Building at 416 Maple Ave.

- From Brookside, take 71 Hwy. to I-70 East to the Noland Road exit (Exit 12). Make a left onto Noland Road and travel three miles before turning left on E. Walnut St. Turn right onto S. Pleasant St., and then make a left onto Maple Ave. You will then arrive at the Truman Memorial Building at 416 Maple Ave.

- From Johnson County, take I-35 North to I-70 East to the Noland Road exit (Exit 12). Make a left onto Noland Road and travel three miles before turning left on E. Walnut St. Turn right onto S. Pleasant St., and then make a left onto Maple Ave. You will then arrive at the Truman Memorial Building at 416 Maple Ave.

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