Civil War Events @ the Library

Upcoming Civil War Events

From Wild Bill Hickok’s gunfight on the Springfield square in 1865 to Bonnie and Clyde’s shootout with Joplin police in 1933, award-winning author Larry Wood examines the Ozarks’ preponderance of violent, murderous events from the 1860s until well into the 20th century.
Larry Wood
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Central Library
Infamous characters and sensational incidents abounded in the Ozarks immediately after the Civil War and well into the 20th century. The mining district around Joplin, Missouri, saw perhaps more murderous violence than any comparably populated area in the country. Gunplay erupted with alarming regularity, and spectators flocked to the drama of executions and lynchings.
 

Past Civil War Events

Historian David O. Stewart discusses his contention that Johnson nearly unraveled  Lincoln’s legacy
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Central Library
Recommended reading:
Andrew Johnson

Author and historian David O. Stewart discusses his new book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Local author Andrea Warren presents her book that follows the 1863 siege of Vicksburg through the eyes of three children
Friday, May 1, 2009
Plaza Branch

On Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., local author Andrea Warren presents her recently released nonfiction book for young adults Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg.

Frank Delaney: Shannon
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Historical Fiction about Ireland

The New York Times bestselling author Frank Delaney discusses his latest book Shannon: A Novel on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m.  in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Jennifer Weber: Copperheads
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Central Library

Jennifer Weber, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas, discusses her new book Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Lincoln and Leadership
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Central Library
Recommended reading:
Abraham Lincoln: Life & Legacy

A panel of military historians from the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College discusses Lincoln’s leadership traits as commander in chief on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Writers at Work: Michael Knight and Allen Wier
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Central Library

Michael Knight and Allen Wier join moderator Steve Paul of The Kansas City Star for the December talk in the Library’s Writers at Work series on Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Ayuel Leek Deng, Beny Ngor Chol, and Barbara Youree: Courageous Journey
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Plaza Branch

The chaos and violence happening in the African country of Sudan—one of gravest tragedies in modern world history—is the focus of a discussion featuring  the authors of Courageous Journey: Walking the Lost Boys’ Path from the Sudan to America, on Sunday, November 16, at 3 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

General Chaos: Missouri Families and  General Order No. 11
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Central Library

In the aftermath of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, Union General Thomas Ewing, Jr., became suspicious of local support for Confederate sympathizers and issued the infamous General Order No. 11 “ the enforced evacuation of rural communities in four Missouri counties surrounding Kansas City.

Tom Rafiner examines the economic and social repercussions of the abandoned homesteads and farmsteads amid this Civil War turbulence on Sunday, September 21, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

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