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Civil War on the Western Border

Civil War on the Western Border

Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region.

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Starry, Starry Nights

Starlight Theatre

June 25, 1951: Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre kicks off its first season with a performance of The Desert Song.

Missouri Valley Sundays

Forty-Seven Days: Pershing’s Warriors Defeat the German Army - Mitchell Yockelson
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library
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In the fall of 1918, more than a million U.S. soldiers faced a better trained and more experienced German army on the Western Front of World War I. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the Americans’ largest and bloodiest campaign of the war, but the troops led by Gen. John J. Pershing were victorious and helped bring the Great War to an end.

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