On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ending an excruciating period of uncertainty and marking the start of the most destructive war ever waged on American soil—the Civil War.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the battle at Fort Sumter, historian Ethan Rafuse of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on the nation.
Author and architectural historian Cydney Millstein discusses the exhibit Century of Legendary Places: The Legacy of Kansas City’s Hare & Hare. The talk marks the opening night of the year-long installation.
Acclaimed Purdue University historian and biographer Randy Roberts discusses the life and career of boxing icon Joe Louis and explains how his impact on sport and country was unlike that of any other athlete of his era.
Local artist Anne Pearce discusses her exhibit, Passport, on display in the Guldner Gallery at the Central Library through April 24. The show features contemporary works of ink, acrylic, and pencil on paper.
The Kansas City Public Library will host a series of author talks for teens titled Guys Read. Each month will feature different authors discussing their latest books which center around teenage male characters. The series begins in February 2011 and ends in April 2011.