Meet the Past Series Returns to Kansas City Public Library
All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 for a staff development event.
March 31, 2009
What started as a single event with Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing “Boss” Tom Pendergast (portrayed by William Worley), is now officially a television series.
Production for the Meet the Past television series begins in April with three programs filmed before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be filmed in May, June, and July. The series will air in a regular prime-time timeslot on KCPT (channel 19) in the fall of 2009.
Meet the Past features Kemper interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.
The first three installments in the Meet the Past series are: Langston Hughes, portrayed by Charles Everett Pace, on Tuesday, April 7; Amelia Earhart, portrayed by Ann Birney, on Tuesday, April 14; and President Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Ray Starzmann, on Tuesday, April 28.
Major funding for Meet the Past has been provided by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.