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  • To mark the 20th anniversary of  the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev  led to Reagan’s famous “Tear  Down This Wall” speech.
    Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech that Ended the Cold War
    Thursday, November 5, 2009
    Central Library
    Recommended reading:
    Berlin Wall

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author Romesh Ratnesar discusses how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev led to Reagan's famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech and the end of the Cold War.

  • 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.