The construction site explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters almost 30 years ago remains, to many, a great whodunnit despite the convictions and imprisonment of five people from the city’s southeast Marlborough neighborhood. Three of those defendants remain behind bars. A fourth died. The fifth, who was 17 at the time of the early-morning blast, won his freedom in 2017.
Studs Terkel’s Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do epitomizes the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s gift for connecting with people and collecting their stories.
Nationally renowned urban thinker Chuck Marohn, who kicked off the Library’s Making a Great City series in January, returns to assess the crucial takeaways from all three sessions, including the advisability of an incremental, neighborhoods-first approach to development in cities such as Kansas City.
The Lyric Opera brings Leonard Bernstein back to Kansas City this month via a production of his most famous work, West Side Story.
Take a walk on the wild side! Learn all about animals—where they’re from, what they eat, and their status in their natural habitat—during an educational program that brings wildlife to you.
Appropriate for all ages.
In a time of great emphasis on the separate roles of men and women, hundreds of females—Union and Confederate—cut their hair, bound their breasts, donned men’s clothing, and reported to army recruiters for duty during the Civil War. Others served as scouts, spies, or rode with their husbands and brothers in contested areas.
By most accounts, the Allies’ massive 1943 invasion of Sicily—a strike at the perceived "soft underbelly" of Hitler's Europe—was a success. The island became the first piece of the Axis’ homeland to fall during World War II. But when U.S. Gen. George S. Patton moved in for an expected final battle in Messina in mid-August, he found no enemy forces.