Following the devastating 1951 flood, Hallmark Cards founder Joyce C. Hall commissioned artist Norman Rockwell to capture Kansas City’s spirit to rebuild on canvas. His words to the artist: “Paint a picture of the Kansas City Spirit that will forever symbolize that thing in good men’s hearts that makes them put service above self and accomplish the impossible.”
Bruce Mathews examines the inspiration for that painting – which now hangs in City Hall – and discusses stories of civic spirit from his book The Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self.
There will be a reception for the speaker at the adjacent Harris Kearney House  following the program.
Presented by the Westport Historical Society.