National Archives at Kansas City

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National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

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National Archives at Kansas City Calendar of Events

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Wednesday, June 3 – 6:00 reception/6:30 p.m. program
Evening Lecture
Props and Pin Ups: Nose Art in World War II with Dr. John Curatola

Curatola is an associate professor of history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who will discuss Props and Pin Ups: Nose Art in World War II in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The use of nose art was common on military aircraft during the Second World War. Painted on the fuselages of many of the belligerent air forces aircraft, these stand-alone pieces of art reflected aircrews’ values and attitudes. Messages and pictures painted on these aircraft are not only a rich military legacy, but provide insight into the time, temperament, and men who flew and maintained them. Dr. Curatola will address the various influences, national trends, and general themes of this unique element of military history. The presentation will show nose art in its original form and in historical context, which includes partial nudity. This program is presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Thursday, June 18 – 8:00 a.m.
Exhibit Opening
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
on exhibition through August 15, 2015, in the Concourse Gallery. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Wednesday, June 24
5:30–6:30 p.m.
– reception at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
7:00 p.m. - program lecture at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Orit Bashkin of the University of Chicago and author of New Babylonians:  A History of Jews in Modern Iraq. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and National World War I Museum and is a part of the exhibit lecture series for Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.

Wednesday, July 1
5:30-6:30 p.m.
- reception at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
7:00 p.m. - program lecture at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Mark Cohen professor at Princeton University will discuss History and Memory: The Jews of Iraq. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and National World War I Museum and is a part of the exhibit lecture series for Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.

Wednesday, July 15
5:30-6:30 p.m.
- reception at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
7:00 p.m. - program lecture at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
Corine (Cori) Wegener cultural heritage preservation officer at the Smithsonian Institution will discuss Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archive. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and National World War I Museum and is a part of the exhibit lecture series for Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.

Wednesday, August 5
5:30-6:30 p.m.
- reception at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
7:00 p.m. - program lecture at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
World War I and the Creation of the Modern Middle East presented by Dr. Carla L. Klausner from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and National World War I Museum and is a part of the exhibit lecture series for Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.

Wednesday, August 12
5:30-6:30 p.m.
- reception at the National Archives, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
7:00 p.m. - program lecture at the National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO
From North Africa to Southeastern Europe: The fate of the Sephardim in the Holocaust with Dr. Michael Berenbaum professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. This program is presented in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and National World War I Museum and is a part of the exhibit lecture series for Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.

Tuesday, August 25 – 6:00 reception/6:30 p.m. program
Panel Discussion for Women’s Equality Week

The 2015 theme for Women’s Equality Week will focus on running for elected office. This program is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women.

Thursday, October 15 - 6:00 reception/6:30 p.m. program
Panel Discussion
Diversity and Inclusion: How Does Kansas City Rate?

This program is presented in partnership with the American Association of University Women.

Thursday, October 29 – 6:00 reception/6:30 p.m. program
Author Discussion
The Country Club District of Kansas City

LaDene Morton will discuss her latest book on Kansas City history, The Country Club District of Kansas City. Morton examines the first 50 years of J.C. Nichols’ visionary development and the period of Nichols’ lifetime where he was singularly influential in creating the community. While the book includes chapters covering the chronological history, and the larger historical context in which the District came to be, the stories about the “community feature” of the District provide the nostalgia. The strength of the District came from Nichols’ insight into how features such as architecture and aesthetics, the schools and churches as institutions, and creating community through creating shared experiences, all played important roles in building the District into what Nichols termed, “America’s Best Residential Section.”

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