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  • The local civil rights activist explains how using the library helped his fight to persuade Congress to enact the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act into law
    Alvin Sykes: The Pursuit of Justice for Emmett Till
    Thursday, July 16, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Emmett Till

    Local civil rights activist Alvin Sykes discusses his incredible journey from high school dropout to law-making crusader against one of the 20th century’s most heinous crimes, the murder of Emmett Till, on Thursday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Missouri-born artist famous for his paintings showing ordinary people doing common things
    Meet the Past: Thomas Hart Benton
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Thomas Hart Benton:
    Missouri Artist

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in July with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • On the 146th anniversary of the battle that would become the namesake for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a panel of military  historians discusses The Battle of Gettysburg: Why it Mattered
    The Battle of Gettysburg: Why It Mattered
    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Battle of Gettysburg

    A panel of military historians will discuss the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Missouri-born outlaw who became one of the most infamous bank and train robbers in American history
    Meet the Past: Jesse James
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Jesse James: American Outlaw

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in June with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be taped in upcoming months. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • The chairman emeritus of  H&R Block discusses how the entrepreneurial start-up he and  his brother Richard co-founded in Kansas City in 1955 grew to become the world’s largest tax services company
    A Conversation with Henry Bloch
    Thursday, June 11, 2009
    Central Library

    To mark the grand opening of the H&R Block Business and Career Center at the Central Library, join us for a public conversation with Henry W. Bloch, co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block. Conducted by Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library, the program takes place on Thursday, June 11, at the Central Library at 6:30 p.m.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the visionary whose crowning achievement was the railroad that became the Kansas City Southern
    Meet the Past: Arthur Stilwell
    Tuesday, June 9, 2009
    Central Library

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in June with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be taped in upcoming months. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) during the 2009-10 season.

  • Meet the Past: William Allen White
    Meet the Past: William Allen White
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    William Allen White

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in May with two programs filmed before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be filmed in June and July. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) in fall 2009.

    Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Author Matthew Algeo discussed his new book about the Trumans' 1953 cross-country road trip
    Matthew Algeo: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Get to Know Harry S. Truman

    Matthew Algeo discusses his new book Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Meet the Past: Walt Disney
    Meet the Past: Walt Disney
    Tuesday, May 5, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Walt Disney: American Icon

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in May with two programs filmed before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Additional episodes will be filmed in June and July. The series will air during prime-time on KCPT (channel 19) in fall 2009.

  • Meet the Past: President Harry S. Truman
    Meet the Past: President Harry S. Truman
    Tuesday, April 28, 2009
    Central Library

    Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviews President Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Ray Starzmann, as part of the Library’s Meet the Past series on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.