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Jan. 29 is Kansas’ 159th birthday! This family friendly event will include historic games, activities and stories about life in Kansas over the past century. Come and go anytime between 4-7 pm and see what Kansas has to offer!

  • Erin Eades will perform 4 - 6 pm
  • Louise Hanson will present “Tasting the Past: Exploring Kansas Food Memories” 6 - 7 pm
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This film tells the intriguing story of African-American women’s social clubs in the Kansas City area during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, focusing on the impact of these clubs in a time when segregation was the rule. These social clubs played an integral role in the life and well-being of Kansas City’s African-American community through their activities, volunteerism and social activism. Presented by Vine Street Films.

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Friendships and communities are built by the conversations that happen over a meal. Gather with us to break bread, understand different viewpoints and discuss some of the difficult and controversial topics at the forefront of our thoughts and news. We will discuss a new topic each month. All are welcome at anytime during this drop-in discussion group. Food and drink are provided.

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Discover what’s percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Your Senators and Representatives will discuss the new legislative session, followed by audience Q&A. You bring the questions, and we’ll provide the coffee and doughnuts.

Presented with League of Women Voters of Johnson County.

Legislators in attendance:

Senator Molly Baumgardner, District 37

Representative Cindy Holscher, District 16

Representative David Benson, District 48

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Virginia Brackett, Professor Emeritus of English, retired in 2016 from Park University where she directed the Honors Academy and received varied teaching and service awards. She’s also a prolific writer and editor: She has published 14 books, including In the Company of Patriots, a nonfiction exploration of her relationship with her father, Captain Edmund C. Roberts, Jr., who was killed in Korea after serving in World War II. Brackett will sit in conversation with Angela Elam, the producer/host of UMKC’s public radio program, “New Letters on the Air.” This program will be recorded and post...

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