National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: October 2, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Gates Brown to Discuss Finding Balance in the Nuclear Age: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will host Gates Brown on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled Finding Balance in the Nuclear Age: The Cuban Missile Crisis. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

President John F. Kennedy entered office with relatively little experience in national security or international affairs. The contrast between Kennedy and his predecessor, President Dwight Eisenhower, could not be more disparate when appraising their defense credentials or their ability to operate on the global stage. Kennedy would not have the benefit of time to learn his role as Command-in-Chief. Within a year and a half of assuming office, Kennedy faced both the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis tested Kennedy’s ability to negotiate a safe middle ground that avoided a nuclear war but did not yield to Soviet threats. The crisis shaped Kennedy’s leadership style and became an iconic part of his presidency.

This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents.

To make a reservation for this free event please call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

Gates Brown is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2004 from Pittsburg State University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea and in the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division in Fort Bragg. In 2007, he was injured while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of the first class of the Wounded Warrior Education Initiative. As part of the initiative he earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Kansas in 2010. He has most recently served as an instructor of military history in the Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He currently works for the Department of the Treasury.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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