Kansas City’s Parks and Boulevards - Dona Boley and Patrick Alley
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Hyde Park residents Patrick Alley and Dona Boley discuss their new book illustrating Kansas City’s transformation from “the filthiest city in the United States” in the 19th century into a clean, well-planned embodiment of the vision of renowned landscape architect George Kessler.
A Mayor, a Camera, a Life in Pictures - Dick Berkley
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Richard L. Berkley once said, “I like meeting people.” As Kansas City’s mayor from 1979 to 1991 — and both before and after that lengthy tenure — he met hundreds of political leaders, entertainers, sports stars, and other celebrities. He also liked to take their pictures. Berkley’s personal collection ranges from images of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Bo Jackson, George Brett, Annie Liebovitz, and Joanne Woodward. His illustrated retrospective coincides with a new exhibition of his collected images in the Genevieve Guldner Gallery of the Central Library, running through March 8th. The former mayor and shutterbug discusses his start with a camera, the stories behind the photos, and the ones that got away – those rare celebrities who turned him down.
Tales of the Historic West Bottoms - Steve Noll
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Kansas City’s West Bottoms, the lowland bordered by rugged cliffs and the Missouri and Kansas rivers, provided the spark for a rugged cowtown to become an urban metropolis. Publisher Steve Noll draws from his personal collection of historic postcards and from Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales, a new book by Edward T. Matheny, Jr., in recounting an epic story - how cowboys, stockyards commission men, meatpackers, railroaders, and assorted hangers-on formed a vibrant, now-vanished West Bottoms community. This new book is an innovative collaboration among a local author, the Jackson County Historical Society, and Woodneath Press, a new publishing service developed by the Mid-Continent Public Library.