The Kansas City Public Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with a series of programs being held throughout April 2011. Call 816.701.3407 or use the link below to RSVP.
Historian Ethan Rafuse of Military History Department at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the attack on Fort Sumter on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Rafuse will discuss the events leading up to the attack, the battle itself, and the effect it had on a nation that had for months been teetering on the edge of civil war.
Author Gregory Wolk discusses his new book A Tour Guide to Missouri's Civil War on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Wolk's book is the first comprehensive sesquicentennial driver's guide to Civil War battlefield sites in Missouri. It highlights more than 230 sites and includes scores of little-known historical facts.
Historian David Goldfield discusses his new book America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
America Aflame offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era in 20 years. Goldfield contends the Second Great Awakening infused evangelical religion into the public sphere, turning political questions into matters of good and evil.
The Shortleaf Band with Michael Fraser presents a concert featuring original and traditional music from the Civil War on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
The band has conducted extensive research into Civil War-era music and composition techniques and has performed at various Civil War re-enactments.
The Wornall House Museum presents a Civil War-era tea party for children and families on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Presenters will be wearing authentic Civil War-era attire and will teach the proper way to hold a cup, stir tea, use a napkin, and other tea "rules." The program is a Friday Night Family Fun event and is open to children ages 6-10 and their parents.