Previous Special Events

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Musician/historian James Christopher Edwards brings the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri to life in this musical program about the notorious bushwacker “Bloody” Bill Anderson.

Edwards’ program is drawn from his new CD Blood on the Border, a musical narrative about Quantrill’s Raiders. Edwards has taught classical and folk guitar, and holds a master’s degree in history (with an emphasis on the Civil War in Missouri) from the University of Missouri.


Friday, February 10, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The Reading Reptile, Kansas City Public Library, and Johnson County Library close the 19th Annual Young Writers Contest with the announcement of winners at a grand reception.

Local writers and illustrators of children’s books will greet the winners. Past judges include: Lisa Campbell Ernst, Brad Sneed, Jenny Whitehead, Pete Whitehead, Bob Kolar, Dana Regan, Shane Evans, and Laura Huliska-Beith.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jennifer Phegley, chair of the Department of English at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, examines how many of our modern marriage traditions – including wedding dresses and honeymoons – have their roots in the Victorian era.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Adam Arenson, assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso, examines the efforts of St. Louis’ intellectuals and mercantile elite to make their city the capital of a vast Western empire in the wake of the Civil War.

That ambitious dream was never realized, but the city grew to be a vital cultural and commercial hub. The largest city along the border between free and slave states, St. Louis became a microcosm of the dueling moral systems and competing national visions that dominated mid-19th century America.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lee Ward, owner of the Museum of Funeral History in Independence, discusses 150 years of African-American funeral homes, which in the decades of segregation provided the black community with end-of-life services denied by white businesses. Among the names of these enterprises were those of T.B. Watkins, Adkins, Kerford, and H.B. Moore.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012
1:00pm @ Waldo Branch

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates Black History Month by hosting Brother John Anderson for performances of The Buffalo Soldiers: Black Knights of the West at two Library branches.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012
10:00am @ Westport Branch

The Kansas City Public Library celebrates Black History Month by hosting Brother John Anderson for performances of The Buffalo Soldiers: Black Knights of the West at two Library branches.


Sunday, February 5, 2012
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

This comedy-drama film tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years, beginning and ending with a communal Thanksgiving dinner. Written and directed by Allen, he also stars alongside Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, and Dianne Wiest.
Rated PG-13. (103 min.)

The post-film discussion leaders are psychoanalyst Joanne Hindman, and Melissa Lenos, Donnelly College professor of English and film studies.

Co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center.


Friday, February 3, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun celebrates Black History Month with The Coterie Theatre’s presentation of Freedom Sisters: Stamping, Shouting, Singing Home tour.

Set in the 1950s Deep South, the play depicts a world on the verge of change but still tainted by everyday injustices and the remnants of slavery.

This program is recommended for children in grades 5-12.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Purdue University historian Randy Roberts discusses the iconic 1944 football game between the undefeated cadets of West Point and the midshipmen of Annapolis.


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