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Friday, January 08, 2010

UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT NARA-KC

Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives
February 9 - May 29, 2010

Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collections of the Missouri State Archives features more than 100 examples of cartography from the Missouri State Archives' collection and is supplemented by maps from the National Archives at Kansas City. This exhibit includes historical maps from the 19th century that show how surveying and cartography were key to European American settlement of present-day Missouri. Drawing from diverse examples as the land survey maps made by Antoine Soulard from 1796-1806 and computer generated census maps made in the year 2000, this exhibit explores the history of cartographic images of Missouri and the role they play in our everyday world. This exhibition is appropriate for grades four and up.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
March 16 - June 10, 2010

From 1933-1945, Nazi Germany enlisted the help of physicians, scientists, public health officials and academic experts to develop racial policies aimed at "cleansing" German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation's "health". What begin with the mass sterilization of "genetically diseased" persons resulted in the near annihilation of European Jewry.

To relate this history and explore its contemporary implications, the National Archives at Kansas City in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and in cooperation with the Center for Practical Bioethics, will present the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. Featuring original artifacts, photographs, documents and historic film footage, the exhibit illustrates how Hitler's Nazi regime attempted to implement its vision of an ethnically homogeneous community through a program of racial eugenics that culminated in the Holocaust. This exhibition is appropriate for high school age and above.

All exhibit tours are free of charge. To schedule a guided tour of either exhibit please contact Lori Cox-Paul, Education Specialist, at 816-268-8017 or email her here.

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