Celebrate what would have been the 99th birthday of Milton Friedman when John Fund, political columnist for The Wall Street Journal, assesses the legacy of the late Nobel Prize-winning economist and champion of capitalism.
Friedman was widely regarded as the leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics. His landmark work, Capitalism and Freedom, was published in 1962. In 1988, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fund has been with the Journal since April 1984.
Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Educational Choice and the Show-Me Institute.
No event in American history was more pivotal — or more contested — than the decision by Congress to declare independence in July 1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain.
The Plaza Branch concludes its annual Kansas City Architectures series, which in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War focused on antebellum homes this year.
Alana Smith, president of the Westport Historical Society, shares the history of the Harris-Kearney Home, the oldest remaining brick residence located in historic Westport. The home once looked out on the Santa Fe Trail and later served as a headquarters for the Union Army. It is now located at 4000 Baltimore after being moved from its original location in 1922.
Often referred to as eight years of peace and prosperity, the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61) was in fact an era of great scientific, social, and political changes. Some were positive, others negative—but all came at a price and greatly affected the lives of the American people.
Born to a circus-clown father, Timothy Noel Tegge began performing in the ring by age 5. Today, while still working as a clown, he also acts as a circus illusionist, ringmaster, and performance director—and is curator of the Tegge Circus Archives, a repository of circus posters and ephemera he began collecting as a child.
The Off-the-Wall Film Series screens cult films selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who has curated this summer of must-see cinema exclusively for the Library.
Ripley’s Game stars John Malkovich as a sociopath intent on driving an innocent man to murder. Ebert describes it as “a study in evil that teases the delicate line between heartlessness and the faintest glimmers of feeling” that boasts “one of Malkovich’s most brilliant and insidious performances.” Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. Rated R. (110 min.)
The Harry Potter Movie Marathon Party features trivia, activities, snacks, and screenings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
After the last film, participants are invited to meet at the Plaza movie theater for the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. (Tickets for the movie theater require purchase.)