The Community Curator program of Kansas City Museum invites historians and history educators to share their perspectives on artifacts they choose from the Museum collection. This provides fresh insight about artifacts and collections of Kansas City Museum and Union Station, and welcomes diverse input from the Kansas City history community.
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April 23: Hal Wert, PhD World War II Historian, World War II and Kansas City
Reception 5:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30 p.m. | Kansas City Museum
Venture back to Kansas City during World War II with historian Hal Wert at Kansas City Museum’s April Community Curator Speaker Series presentation Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. A reception and tour of the Ours to Fight For exhibit with the curator precedes the presentation at 5:30 p.m. This is the first Speaker Series the Museum has presented on site in five years!
Kansas City, at the onset of World War II, was struggling through the Great Depression. Local promoters, such as J.C. Nichols, persuaded the U.S. Government that Kansas City was a “sleeping industrial town.” Learn about how, through this successful pitch, Kansas City became a booming city during the war and how citizens supported the war effort through buying war bonds and rationing.
August 27: Luis Rodriguez, Maker Extraordinaire, Patent Models and the Maker Faire Movement
Reception at 5:30 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m. | Kansas City Museum
This lecture is at Corinthian Hall! Guests will be able to tour the That’s The Idea! exhibit at Corinthian Hall prior to the presentation. Friends members enjoy a special tour with the Curator before the presentation.
We are sad to report the Museum was unsuccessful in trying to reschedule our February presentation on the history of the automobility. The presentation, previously scheduled February 26, was cancelled due to one of the major snowstorms. At the present time, there is not a timetable to present this subject again. However, we did record this video prior to the event and published this folder that we hope you will enjoy. If you have any questions, please contact our Curator of Education Rebecca Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Director Christopher Leitch at email@example.com.