Previous Special Events

Sunday, July 24, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

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.

Friday, July 22, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun Series kicks off this year’s YOUth Fringe Festival with original bluegrass music by the Okee Dokee Brothers!

Raised in Denver, childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing moved to Minneapolis and started their indie music band for kids, the Okee Dokee Brother

Inspired by their own backyard adventures, the Okee Dokee Brothers currently perform original music that reminds audiences of their own “make-believes” and “tree house-pretendings.”

Thursday, July 21, 2011

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216.

Kansas City Star Books has partnered with the Skywalk Memorial Foundation to produce a new book — A Dance, Then Disaster: The Hyatt Tragedy and Lessons Learned.

The book explores the structural failure, the rescue efforts, and the many lessons learned—from improved first-responder techniques to revised architectural and engineering standards.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series.

Friday, July 15, 2011

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.)

Friday, July 15, 2011
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Littleague presents fun, high energy hip-hop geared towards children. Their mission is to provide “positive, educational and developmentally appropriate messages” through music.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
4:30pm @ Plaza Branch

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.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Although relatively small compared to the great clashes to come, the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) was a seminal event in American history. When the smoke cleared on July 21, 1861, nearly 900 men were dead, the Union army was in retreat, and the South had won the first major battle of the Civil War.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse, professor of military history at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, describes the battle and those who shaped its outcome.

The event is co-sponsored by the Command and General Staff College Foundation.

Sunday, July 10, 2011
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Plaza Branch continues its annual Kansas City Architecture series, focusing this year on antebellum homes in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

In this installment, Tom Cooke examines the history of the Bent-Ward House, a property located at 1032 W. 55th Street whose farm pastures (now Loose Park) served as part of the battleground during the Battle of Westport. Though it takes its name from Colonel William W. Bent and successive owner Seth E. Ward, the property was also once owned by Mormon Bishop Edward Partridge as well as Alexander Doniphan.

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