On the turbulent floor of the Kansas City Board of Trade, it was said, more money changed hands than anywhere else in the Missouri Valley region.
But soon the Board of Trade, a fixture since the city's earliest years, will be purchased by an out-of-town corporation that will move its operations to Chicago.
Michael Braude, who joined the Board of Trade in the 1980s and later served as its chief executive officer, traces the history, development, and economic impact of this important institution on the Missouri Valley region in Farewell to the Kansas City Board of Trade on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The board was organized in 1856 and has specialized in the trading of futures contracts for hard red winter wheat, the principal ingredient of bread.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.