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  • Award-winning journalist Jeff Benedict shares the story of Susette Kelo, the woman whose quest to save her house landed her in the center of a national debate on eminent domain.
    Jeff Benedict: Little Pink House
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Plaza Branch
    Recommended reading:
    Legal Battles: David vs. Goliath

    Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict discusses his new book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • Be a part of the final KCPT taping of Meet the Past as the director of the Kansas City Public Library interviews the famous (and infamous) abolitionist
    Meet the Past: John Brown
    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    John Brown: Abolitionist

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

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the Kansas City-born musician who was instrumental in the development of bebop and became one of the most well-known jazz artists in America
    Meet the Past: Charlie Parker
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Charlie Parker: Jazz Icon

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in 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 local actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Eli Paul discusses the role marketing played in shaping American public opinion during World War I
    Eli Paul: Art and Advertising as Tools of War
    Thursday, August 20, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    War & Visual Media

    National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with Kansas City’s most notorious Madam
    Meet the Past: Annie Chambers
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Annie Chambers: Kansas City Madam

    Production for the Meet the Past television series continues in August with two programs taped before a live audience at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The series will air in 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 actors and veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections.

  • Be a part of the KCPT filming of a conversation with the pioneer in the field of women’s ready-to-wear clothing in the 1920s and 1930s
    Meet the Past: Nell Donnelly Reed
    Tuesday, July 28, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Nell Donnelly Reed

    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.

  • 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.