Events: anytime, any location, all ages

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Santa Fe Trail was best known as a commercial route from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. But while Americans called it “the road to Santa Fe,” Mexicans knew it as “el Camino a los Estados Unidos” – the road to the United States. Immigrants making their way up the corridor eventually outnumbered Americans coming the other way.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Incentives of various types are widely offered to encourage and promote economic development – a point of competition and controversy in a years-long “border war” between Missouri and Kansas.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

They’re artifacts, nearly 400 years old, and only 233 are known to have survived to today. But what else has driven collectors to pay as much as $6 million for copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio? What renders this 900-page book so important that it merits a nationwide tour?


Friday, May 13, 2016

Join professional theatre artists from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare’s plays. Students learn about the role of otherworldly creatures in the Elizabethan Age and the deep-rooted traditions of the time, using acting exercises, crafts, and the brilliant works of Shakespeare as a guide.

This interactive Friday Night Family Fun event is suitable for ages 7 and up. Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop.



Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00am @ Westport Branch

Are you ready to write the novel that's been tumbling around in your head for months or even years? Join local author Jennifer McKeithen at the Westport Branch Library to learn how to find ideas and inspiration, create compelling characters, plan your way from a fabulous beginning to that sensational ending, and push your way through writer's block!

Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

As a county sheriff and creator of Utah’s first SWAT team, William “Dub” Lawrence was once an unlikely critic of law enforcement. That SWAT team, however, killed his son-in-law decades later in a controversial standoff that raised questions about the use of excessive force. Lawrence since has worked to uncover the truth about the incident and others nearby and shine a broader light on an increased militarization that he says has turned many police forces into small armies.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Learn to duel – safely, of course. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Suitable for grades 3-12.




Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Westport Historical Society Speaker Series seeks to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significance of local history.

Title of Talk: Alexander Majors & the Course of the Nation

Speaker: Gary Hicks

Join us at the Westport Branch Library for a presentation from Mr. Gary Hicks in a portrayal of Alexander Jackson Majors (1814-1900).


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More than 400 years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play. And yet his prose, plots, and characters are as alive today as they were in the late 16th and early 17th centuries – performed on stage in almost every language around the world, required reading for high school English students, and reimagined by filmmakers.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

While Shakespeare wasn’t a composer, he made his love of music apparent. Take Richard II, in which he writes, “How sweet sour music is, (w)hen time is broke and no proportion kept.”

Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival meld the Bard’s poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces, joining onstage for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling.


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