National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives at Kansas City Calendar of Events

All activities are free and open to the public unless noted.

Reservations are requested for all programs and workshops by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing

March 19 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program
The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History

Screening and Discussion of Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom
Continuation of the ASALH joint program series in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group. Film screening of Eyes on the Prize and focus on the Selma, Alabama March and its’ 50th Anniversary. Program will be moderated by Dr. Clarence Lang of the University of Kansas.

March 24 – 6:00 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program
STEM and the Impact on Women’s Equality

Program with American Association of University Women local chapter on STEM and women’s equality. Over the past century women have made significant advances in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Yet to date, they do not make up even half of those who have careers in STEM related fields. Crystal Wolfe and Winnie Weinrich will discuss the history of women in the sciences and what the future holds for women pursuing STEM careers. Weinrich is the current president of the AAUW-Kansas City Branch; Wolfe is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Missouri and NASA intern.

April 2 – 10:00 a.m. Genealogy Workshop
Order in the Court: Finding Your Family in Federal Court Records

Did your ancestor file for bankruptcy? Get tied up in a Federal civil suit? Were they a defendant in a criminal case? Federal court documents are an underutilized set of records that help provide a snapshot of an individual or family at a particular juncture in life. Depending upon the type of case, documents can include lists of property, family members, testimony, and other insightful glimpses at events that may not be documented elsewhere. Come learn about the types of cases you can find at the National Archives and how to begin your research.

April 9 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program
Co-presented with the University of Missouri Kansas City Truman Center and Truman Presidential Library.

Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy presented by Dr. Sam Walker
Walker will discuss President Truman’s decision around deploying the atomic bomb at the end of World War I. Walker’s lecture will be based upon his research presented in his book Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan.

April 29 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program
23rd Annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture with Park University, co-sponsor.

The Struggle To Implement Obamacare: Implications For American Governance with Dr. Frank Thompson, Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark, and Rutgers Center for State Health Policy.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 was an epic policy breakthrough, culminating a century of effort to expand health insurance coverage to nearly all Americans. Those striving to implement the law have faced a difficult, contentious context marked by deep-seated partisan polarization. The lecture tracks the progress to date in implementing two major provisions of the ACA – the creation of viable insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid. The lecture also shows how the ACA intersects with broader issues of American governance: the rise of the executive branch within the separation-of-powers system, the increased importance of the administrative presidency, and the emergence of fractious federalism rooted in partisan polarization. Thompson is a nationally renowned scholar of politics and administration, implementation, public management, and health policy.

May 7 – 10:00 a.m. Genealogy Workshop
All Wet! Responding to Floods, Leaks, and Other Damp Disasters

It’s bound to happen. A pipe will burst or a leaky roof will drip, and family papers, books, and photos will be awash in water. Learn quick response tips to salvage sodden heirlooms, and stop or prevent mold damage. Pick up practical advice on spotting disasters just waiting to happen.

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