Previous Special Events

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

As a precursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Library Director Crosby Kemper III conducts a public conversation with Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The discussion is part of Kansas City – Cradle of Entrepreneurs, an ongoing series of discussions with some of Kansas City’s most iconic and innovative business founders.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

What if growing old meant writing the novel you’ve always wanted to write, or painting, or singing, or teaching, or traveling to a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting?


Sunday, October 30, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Reporter and author Brian Burnes and Katz family descendant Steve Katz launch The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz, a new title from Kansas City Star Books.


Friday, October 28, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Funerals were very different during the Civil War era. Children can meet and visit with a Civil War undertaker and learn some of the “proper” mourning customs of the day. Lee Ward portrays the 1860s-era undertaker.

After the presentation, children will get to create their own Victorian Halloween crafts. Materials will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the John Wornall House.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Historian Terry Beckenbaugh of the Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses The First Year of the Civil War in Missouri.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, and a military veteran whose experiences flying missions over France during World War II would become the inspiration for an American classic, Catch-22. When he passed away in 1999, Heller left behind a body of work, including the novels Something Happened and Good as Gold, that remain in print.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Architecture A-Z began as a Star Magazine feature based on a simple concept: What can we learn and share about Kansas City’s history and contemporary scene if we take a simple walk through the alphabet?


Monday, October 24, 2011

Award-winning photographers are recognized at this event marking the grand opening of the Green Exposures Exhibit, a collection of photographs shot in Kansas City’s parks and featuring among others Nikita the polar bear, ethnic dancers, Gillham Park shrouded in mist, and the Pioneer Mother.


Sunday, October 23, 2011
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, and a juror for New York’s World Trade Center Memorial Site competition and Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories. Young is distinguished professor of English and Judaic Studies, and director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


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