National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
National Archives at Kansas City Calendar of Events
All activities are free and open to the public unless noted.
OFFSITE PROGRAM - Tuesday, September 20 - 6:30 p.m. program
The National Archives at Kansas City in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial, will host George H. Nash for a lecture titled Herbert Hoover: The Great Humanitarian. This program will be held in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Did you know before Herbert Hoover became the president of the United States, he was known as “The Great Humanitarian,” due to his creation of the Commission of Relief during World War I? Nash, a leading authority and historian of President Herbert Hoover, will discuss how Hoover founded and ran an international organization that fed millions of French and Belgian civilians during the war. Nash is a revered independent scholar who has published widely on Hoover and American political history and was the 2008 recipient of the annual Richard M.
Weaver Prize. More information or make a reservation. This program is presented in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
Thursday, September 22– 6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. program
Author Interview and Signing
Heirlooms by Rachel Hall
Heirlooms begins in the French seaside city of Saint-Malo, in 1939, and ends in the American Midwest in 1989. In these linked stories, the war reverberates through four generations of a Jewish family. Inspired by the author’s family stories as well as extensive research, Heirloomsexplores assumptions about love, duty, memory and truth. Heirlooms won the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press. Angela Elam, producer and host of New Letters on Air, will interview Hall for a broadcast airing later on KCUR 89.3 FM. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education; the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s BkMk Press and New Letters on Air; and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Center for Midwestern Studies, and Graduate Certificate Program in Holocaust Studies.
OFFSITE PROGRAM – Monday, September 26 – 5:30 p.m. reception/6:15 p.m. program
2016 Presidential Debate Watch Party
The National Archives in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial, will host a live screening of the first U.S. presidential debate of 2016. This program will be held in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. There are many parallels between 1916 and 2016, including a contentious presidential election. Watch Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump face-off in the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election season. Join The Modernists (the young friends of the WWI Museum) for a night of complimentary food, drinks, and good company and enjoy this American pastime. This is a ticketed event, cost to attend is $5. More information or purchase a ticket. This program is presented in partnership with the 1840 Vote Project; Consensus; Generation Listen KC; the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library; KCUR 89.3; Linking Leaders; and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Funding has been provided by Hallmark; Lathrop & Gage LLP; Jeannine Strandjord; and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Monday, October 3 - 6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. film
Television Film Preview and Discussion
Willie Velásquez: Your Vote is Your Voice
Throughout American history, Latinos were often kept from the ballot box through the use of poll taxes, gerrymandering, and outright intimidation. With his rallying cry of “su voto es su voz,” (your vote is your voice), Willie Velásquez started a grassroots movement in the 1970s that resulted in the registration of millions of Latino voters and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote. Willie Velásquez: Your Voice is Your Vote chronicles Willie’s journey from radical student activist to respected statesman, and examines the history of the Latino vote as well as contemporary issues facing Latinos today, including the 2016 presidential election. This program is presented in partnership with Kansas City Public Television; Latino Public Broadcasting; Hispanic Coalition/Chamber of Commerce; Kansas City Hispanic Business Political Action Committee; and the Young Latino Professionals.
Tuesday, October 11- 6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. film
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Barriers to the Ballot
Directed by Margaret Brown, The Black Belt is a new documentary film short that illustrates the challenges residents face in one state around obtaining identification. In 2015, Alabama closed 31 Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) locations in counties with predominately black residents due to budget cuts, forcing residents to obtain voter ID cards by going to mobile DMV units. The film focuses on the mobile units, which are farcical at best, and how residents cope with finding a viable alternative for obtaining identification. After the film a group of local activists and scholars will discuss the ongoing challenges around current attempts to change voter identification laws. Moderated by Dr. Delia Gillis of the University of Central Missouri, panelists include Delores Furtado, League of Women Voters; Anita Russell, NAACP-KC chapter; and Quinton Lucas, University of Kansas. This program is presented in partnership with the American Association of University Women-KC Branch; League of Women Voters; and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group.
Thursday, October 27 – 6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. program
Author Lecture and Signing
Truman, Congress, and Korea: The Politics of America’s First Undeclared War by Dr. Larry Blomstedt
Three days after North Korean premier Kim Il Sung launched a massive military invasion of South Korea on June 24, 1950, President Harry S. Truman responded, dispatching air and naval support to South Korea. Initially, Congress cheered his swift action; but, when China entered the war to aid North Korea, the president and many legislators became concerned that the conflict would escalate into another world war, and the United States agreed to a truce in 1953. The lack of a decisive victory caused the Korean War to quickly recede from public attention. However, its impact on subsequent American foreign policy was profound. In Truman, Congress, and Korea: The Politics of America's First Undeclared War, Blomstedt provides the first in-depth domestic political history of the conflict, from the initial military mobilization, to Congress's failed attempts to broker a cease-fire, to the political fallout in the 1952 election. During the war, President Truman faced challenges from both Democratic and Republican legislators, whose initial support quickly collapsed into bitter and often public infighting. For his part, Truman dedicated inadequate attention to relationships on Capitol Hill early in his term and also declined to require a formal declaration of war from Congress, advancing the shift toward greater executive power in foreign policy. Blomstedt's study explores the changes wrought during this critical period and the ways in which the war influenced US international relations and military interventions during the Cold War and beyond. Program presented in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and the Truman Center at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Wednesday, November 2 - 6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. film
Film Screening and Discussion
Audrie & Daisy
Film screening and discussion of Audrie & Daisy, with a focus on victim’s rights. This real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), Audrie & Daisy takes a hard look at American's teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control. This film debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed later this year via Netflix. This program is presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault and Park University.
Tuesday, November 8 – 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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