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

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 7 – 6:00 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program
The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History

National Archives will present in partnership with Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, Professors Robert Hill and Adam Ewing who will introduce the PBS produced documentary Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind, prior to the film screening. Professors Hill and Ewing will be broadcast via video technology from their respective universities. The program will be moderated by Dr. Raymond Doswell. This program is the first of a new public program series titled The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History that is presented in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. Technology support for this program has been provided by the Senior Learning Network, a community of lifelong learning. Visionary yet enigmatic, brilliant yet manipulative, Marcus Garvey is one of the most controversial figures in American history.Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind uses a wealth of archival footage, photographs and documents to uncover the story of this Jamaican immigrant who between 1916 and 1921 built what was the largest black mass movement in world history

October 8 – Noon – Genealogy Webinar
Counting Everyone: Using Federal Census Records

The census documents people from all walks of life: immigrants and store clerks to celebrities and everyday people. This course explores the different years of the U.S. Federal Census. Learn to discover clues, codes, and other details from these records.

Postponed. Rescheduled date to be determined.
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

For medical reasons, Professor Harry Reicher is currently unable to travel to Kansas City. His talk that was planned for Wednesday, October 22, at the National World War I Museum must unfortunately be rescheduled for a future time. If you regularly receive email updates from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, the National Archives at Kansas City, or the National World War I Museum, you will be notified when a new date is confirmed.

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.

November 5 – Noon – Genealogy Webinar
Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Naturalization Records

Throughout U.S. history, the naturalization laws have changed: this impacts how researchers locate naturalization records and what details they will find. Learn about the paper trail left by those seeking citizenship.

November 18 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program Presentation
The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History

Screening of Shirley Chisholm documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed.
Discussion with Professor Barbara Winslow of CUNY – Brooklyn and moderated by Dr. Delia Gillis, University of Central Missouri Unbought and Unbossed is the first historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1972. Following Chisholm from the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida in July, the story is like her–fabulous, fierce, and fundamentally “right on.”

November 19 – 10:00 a.m. – Genealogy Workshop
The Best National Archives at Kansas City Records Genealogists Aren’t Using

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to many different types of records that are valuable for genealogist. Every day staff help researchers locate census records, naturalization and immigration records, prison files, and more. However, our holding also include numerous records containing valuable information for genealogists that are seldom used. This workshop will take a look at these underutilized collections, which include records from the Farmers Home Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Veterans Administration and U.S. District Courts.

November 20 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program
Professor Stephanie Sabato, of Johnson County Community College, to discuss the history of graphic design and most recently its impact on the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Sabato is a Fulbright Scholar and AIGA Fellow.

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