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.

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.

 

Hate Mail: Anti-Semitism on Picture Postcards

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.

September 24 - 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program
Presented in partnership with UMKC Truman Center and the Truman Library and Museum

Stephen Sestanovich, author of Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama, will discuss his book. When the United States has succeeded in the world, Stephen Sestanovich argues, it has done so not by staying the course but by having to change it—usually amid deep controversy and uncertainty. For decades, the United States has been a power like no other. Yet presidents and policy makers worry that they—and, even more, their predecessors—haven’t gotten things right. Other nations, they say to themselves, contribute little to meeting common challenges. International institutions work badly. An effective foreign policy costs too much. Public support is shaky. Even the greatest successes often didn’t feel that way at the time. Sestanovich explores the dramatic results of American global primacy built on these anxious foundations, recounting cycles of over commitment and underperformance, highs of achievement and confidence followed by lows of doubt. Maximalist unearths the backroom stories and personalities that bring American foreign policy to life.

October 1– 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
State Control and State Engagement with the News Media: From the Nazis to Edward Snowden

Art Brisbane, former publisher of The Kansas City Star; adjunct at Washington and Lee; lectures on journalism and ethics. Brisbane explores the spectrum of state influence over new media, from outright propaganda to subtle negotiation between government and news outlets.

October 22 – 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
Trial of the Propagandists: Accessories to Genocide

Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School, program on Trails of the Propagandists. Reicher examines the postwar trial of the major war criminals at Nuremberg, which included the first confrontation in an international court of the role of propaganda in inciting hatred, paving the way for major atrocities coming within the crime of Crimes Against Humanity.

October 25 – 4:00 p.m.  Exhibit Closing
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda in the Concourse Gallery.

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