Civil War Events @ the Library

Upcoming Civil War Events

In the keynote address for the Quindaro Symposium, held April 19-21 in Kansas City, Kansas, historian Quintard Taylor explores the history of the Quindaro region from 1855-65, and the nexus between border fighting and freedom for the enslaved.
Quintard Taylor
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Central Library
In the keynote address for the Quindaro Symposium, held April 19-21 in Kansas City, Kansas, historian Quintard Taylor explores the history of the Quindaro region from 1855-65, and the nexus between border fighting and freedom for the enslaved.
 

Past Civil War Events

Author and historian Ron Smith discusses his new book about the man best known in Kansas City for issuing the controversial General Order No. 11, forcibly removing Confederate sympathizers in rural western Missouri.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Central Library

Historian Ron Smith discusses his new book Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General.

Smith takes readers back to Bleeding Kansas, with its border ruffians and land speculators, to show how Thomas Ewing Jr. and his family played pivotal roles in the history of Kansas, Missouri, and the nation.

Robert Hicks presents his  historical novel based on the life  of John Bell Hood, arguably one  of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army – and  one of its most tragic figures.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
Civil War Era Novels

Author Robert Hicks presents his historical novel, A Separate Country.

Robert W. Frizzell discusses the German community of Concordia, targeted during the Civil War by “Bloody Bill” Anderson and his guerrilla fighters
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Central Library
Recommended reading:
The Civil War in Missouri

Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia was located in Lafayette County, which contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.

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
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
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Central Library

Meet the Past features Library Director Crosby Kemper III interviewing prominent historical figures (as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performers) with Kansas City-area connections. Aaron Worley portrays Jesse James, the Missouri-born outlaw who became one of the most notorious bank and train robbers in the history of the United States.

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.

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