In 1860, Westport was a prosperous trading community on Missouri’s frontier. The ensuing firestorm of the Civil War caused the loss of trade, civil rights, liberty and property --- even the loss of life for the citizens of Westport. The tumultuous events and persons who shaped Civil War era Westport will come to life in this illustrated talk by Kansas City historian, Daniel L. Smith.
Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree in political science with honors from the University of Kansas in 1973. He graduated from Duke University Law School in 1976. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
Following the presentation, a reception and opportunity to meet the speaker will take place at the Harris Kearney House Museum , 40th and Baltimore.