Meet the Past Returns with Mark Twain as Part of The Big Read

For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2011
Contact: Paul Smith
Meet the Past Returns with Mark Twain as Part of The Big Read

he Kansas City Public Library launches its second season of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein, on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.  

This event is a part of The Big Read celebration of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, coordinated by the Kansas City Public Library and Kansas City Ballet.

Mark Twain's novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, established him as one of the great American writers, while some accounts (like that of Ernest Hemingway) cite him as the source of American literature.

Frein is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at the University of North Dakota as well as founder and artistic director of Greenville Chautauqua in Greenville, South Carolina.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing notable - and occasionally notorious - characters as portrayed by Chautauqua performers; this year, Meet the Past expands its scope from Kansas City historical figures to include famous people from throughout the Midwest.

The Meet the Past television series is a joint production with KCPT (Channel 19), which films these Library events before a live audience. Episodes from this second season will air on KCPT in a regular prime-time slot in 2012.

The Meet the Past television series has been twice nominated for an Emmy® by the Regional National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The first televised season of Meet the Past - including interviews with actors portraying Harry Truman, Charlie Parker, Thomas Hart Benton, Annie Chambers, and Jesse James, among others - is available online through the Kansas City Public Library.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about The Big Read in Kansas City, visit

Major funding for this season of Meet the Past has been provided by the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust and Ken and Cindy McClain.

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