Previous Special Events

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Steven Casey discusses his new book Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States on Tuesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The book, which won the 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award, explains how the Truman and Eisenhower administrations shaped public discourse about the Korean War, influenced media, and gained political and public support.

Sunday, July 11, 2010
4:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Pastor Charity Goodwin-Rosario tells the unique story of the Melrose United Methodist Church's role in the  development of its historic Northeast neighborhood.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Michael Anthony Steele gives an energetic, inspiring, and interactive presentation about what it's like to be an author and screenwriter. He will also describe his exciting journey from professional photographer to his days of blowing things up as a special effects technician.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
9:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The chamber music ensemble Summerfest hosts Grammy-nominated soprano Tony Arnold for Luciano Berio's "Folk Songs," an arrangement of folk melodies from America, Armenia, France, Sicily, Italy, Sardinia, and Azerbaijan. 

This "informance" will explore several of these folk songs, chosen for their emotional character and connection between ancient music-making and contemporary music.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Joseph Opala, the exhibit creator for Bunce Island: A British Slave Castle in Sierra Leone, draws on his 30 years of research to discuss Bunce Island’s history and ties to the American slave trade. From this site off the coast of West Africa, slave traders sent nearly 30,000 African captives to the Americas from 1670 to 1807. Many were shipped to South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah who live in this region today are descendants of these slaves.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

John Tibbetts, an associate professor of theater and film at the University of Kansas, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin with a multi-media presentation on the life and work of the composer.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

On the first Saturday of every month this summer in the City Market, 400 Grand St., Kansas City, MO, the Friends of the Library will hold a series of book sales on the North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. Book sales will continue through October.

The books range in price from $0.50 to $5.00 and cover many genres.

For additional information, contact, or call (816) 701-3468.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Just in time for Independence Day, William Hogeland presents new research and top-notch scholarship to reveal how the American Revolution really began.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Most Americans are unaware of how revered Ulysses S. Grant was in his lifetime, then often considered to be equal in stature to George Washington. Author Joan Waugh uncovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown in her book, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Location: National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with President Woodrow Wilson, as portrayed by Judd Bankert, a Wilson re-enactor from Staunton, Va., at the National World War I Museum.