National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives at Kansas City Calendar of Events

All activities are free and open to the public unless noted.

Reservations are requested for all programs and workshops by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

June 24 - 9:00 a.m.
Exhibit Opening and Ribbon Cutting

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

July 2 - 10:00 a.m.
Genealogy Workshop
Township, Section, Range: Looking at Land Records

Township 1, Range 43 West, Section 2. Does this make sense to you? Have you always been curious about the “secret language” of legal land descriptions? Come learn about Federal land records and the difference between what you will discover at the National Archives versus the county or state archives. Topics include locating information about bounty land warrants, homestead files, and land tract books.

July 9 - 5:30 p.m. reception at the National Archives; 7:00 p.m. program at the National World War I Museum
State of Deception Program Series
The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust

Dr. Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, explores the language and metaphors that conveyed the ideological and emotional aspects of Nazi ideology, especially radical antisemitism, addressing the question of why centuries-old antisemitism assumed genocidal proportions between 1941 and 1945.

July 23 - 5:30 p.m. reception at the National Archives; 7:00 p.m. program at the National World War I Museum
State of Deception Program Series
Building the Racial State: Nazi Propaganda and the National Community in Germany

Dr. William Meinecke, Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examines how Nazi propaganda shaped German society and prepared the population to accept, support, or participate in persecution, war, and the mass murder of Europe's Jews and others.

July 30 – 10:00 a.m
Genealogy Workshop
Resources for Ethnic Genealogy Research

During certain time periods in U.S. history, the Government created and maintained unique records about certain ethnicities of people. Learn about this variety of resources and records available through the National Archives for ethnic genealogy research.

August 6 – Noon
Genealogy Webinar
Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin?

Are you interested in starting your family history research, but are not sure where to begin? This course covers the basics of what you need, where you can find information, what resources are available, and how original records help tell your family’s story. To participate you will need internet and telephone access the day of the presentation. Specific directions will be sent via email prior to the webinar.

August 6 - 5:30 p.m. reception at the National Archives; 7:00 p.m. program at the National World War I Museum
State of Deception Program Series
Hate Mail: Anti-Semitism on Picture Postcards

Salo Aizenberg, a leading collector of Judaica picture postcards, presents postcard images collected largely from the pre-Holocaust era that illustrate deep- seated attitudes of society and the many virulent permutations of antisemitism eagerly exchanged by millions of ordinary people, beginning in the late 1800s and still pervasive today

August 9 – 10:00 a.m.
Genealogy Workshop
Navigating Ancestry.com

Through a partnership with genealogy website Ancestry.com, the National Archives is able to provide access to digitized Federal records. Come learn about the different databases and effective search strategies to uncover more about your ancestors.

August 20 - 5:30 p.m. reception at the National Archives; 7:00 p.m. program at the National World War I Museum
State of Deception Program Series
Female in the Fatherland: Imagery of Women and Girls in Nazi Propaganda

Dr. Ann Millin, Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will explore how Nazi propagandists used images of women and girls to convey their vision of the National Community and rally Germans to support Nazi policies.

September 2 - 8:00 a.m.
Exhibit Opening

Say It With Snap!: Motivating Workers By Design, 1923-1929

September 3 - 5:30 p.m. reception at the National Archives; 7:00 p.m. program at the National World War I Museum
State of Deception Program Series
World War I Posters and Visual Culture

Dr. Pearl James, University of Kentucky, situates World War I propaganda posters within the larger visual culture of the time, illustrating how a single image moved from newspapers to posters and into animated film, signaling a historic shift in warfare while changing the style of advertising and extending its reach in ways that anticipate our current, super-saturated media environment.

September 6 – 10:00 a.m.
Genealogy Workshop
Exploring Fold3.com

Fold3.com is a subscription-based website that provides digital access to select military records held in the National Archives. Learn what resources are available for various military engagements and how to search them.

September 10 - 5:30 p.m. reception at the National Archives; 7:00 p.m. program at the National World War I Museum
State of Deception Program Series
5:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. program Film Lecture
Power of Film Images and the Holocaust

Sharon Pucker Rivo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University, presents an analysis of film propaganda – newsreels, documentary and narrative films – employed by the Third Reich in its campaign of genocide against the Jewish people, with emphasis on the importance of understanding the enormous power of the moving image.

September 16 and 17 - 9:00 a.m – Noon
Citizen Archivist Event

We need your help with archival projects to make our historical records more accessible to the public. Though you may not have archival training, your work on transcription, preservation, and digitization will make it easier for researchers to better access what we have. Reservations are required. Participants can choose to attend one or both sessions, and are encouraged to bring their personal laptop and flatbed scanner for project work.

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