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  • 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.

  • 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.