Previous Special Events

Friday, November 11, 2011
9:00am @ Plaza Branch

Making the Border Bleed: Slavery and Politics in Territorial Kansas, moderated by Virgil Dean, Kansas Historical Society, and featuring talks by:

Kristen Epps, Colorado State University – Pueblo; Before the Border Wars: Slavery and Southern Settlement on the Western Frontier, 1825-1845

Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University; The Goose Question: The Proslavery Party in Territorial Kansas and the “Crisis in Law and Order”

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Border Wars Conference, featuring sessions at both the Central Library and the Plaza Branch, offers an exploration of this most uncivil of wars while providing insight into the ways in which societies can be fragmented by ideology and ultimately rebuilt upon different lines.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
10:00am @ Central Library

Mike Brown, strategic innovation expert at The Brainzooming Group, presents ideas for how the Google Fiber gigabit broadband Internet service can be used to benefit Kansas City on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Renowned stage and screen actor Hal Holbrook visits the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 for a public conversation about his beautifully moving new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
10:00am @ Central Library

Master storyteller and Library favorite, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec delights his audiences with folktales and myths from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, and Afghanistan. Kikuchi-Yngojo’s performances take his audiences on an adventure of the imagination, weaving a variety of traditional tales with music, movement, and expressions to bring the characters and places to life.

Monday, November 7, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Co-sponsored by UMKC Women’s Center.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Final Mission of Bottoms Up tells the story of Lee Lamar, an American pilot turned prisoner of war after his B-24J Liberator was gunned down in 1944 over Croatia during World War II.

A professor of English at Park University, Dennis Okerstrom writes about the crash of Bottoms Up and explains how Lamar, a Missouri farm boy turned pilot, spent the coldest winter in a century in a stalag on the Baltic Sea – and then returned to the crash site more than 60 years later, seeking closure.

Friday, November 4, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Mike and Nancy Micham honed their skills telling stories and singing traditional folk music at Silver Dollar City. They will present a family program full of stories, song, and lots of laughter as part of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Community College–Maple Woods.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Historian and constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his new biography of Aaron Burr – America’s third vice president and one of the most daring, and possibly deluded, figures in our nation’s history.

Kansas City Public Library Beta