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

November 5 – Noon – Genealogy Webinar
Becoming a U.S. Citizen: Naturalization Records

Throughout U.S. history, the political and cultural climate has affected immigration and naturalization laws. As a result, researching historic naturalization records can be challenging. Learn about the paper trail left by those seeking citizenship.

November 18 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program Presentation
The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History

Screening of Shirley Chisholm documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed.
Discussion with Professor Barbara Winslow of CUNY – Brooklyn and moderated by Dr. Delia Gillis, University of Central Missouri. Shirley Chisholm, a Democrat from New York, was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress in 1969, and the first African American of either gender to seek a major party's presidential nomination, an effort recounted in Unbought & Unbossed. Chisholm, who died in January 2005 knew that her chances of winning her party's 1972 nomination, let alone the general election, were nil; yet she ran, she said, to "shake up the system." Well-educated, articulate, and tough, Chisholm faced plenty of opposition, including from women and other black politicians; she was even physically attacked on the "Chisholm Trail," as she called her campaign. But she stayed the course all the way up to the Democratic convention in Miami, when she finally released her delegates to Senator George McGovern, and continued serving in the House of Representatives until 1983.

November 19 – 10:00 a.m. – Genealogy Workshop
The Best National Archives at Kansas City Records Genealogists Aren’t Using

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to many different types of records that are valuable for genealogist. Every day staff help researchers locate census records, naturalization and immigration records, prison files, and more. However, our holding also include numerous records containing valuable information for genealogists that are seldom used. This workshop will take a look at these underutilized collections, which include records from the Farmers Home Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Veterans Administration and U.S. District Courts.

November 20 – 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program
Professor Stephanie Sabato, of Johnson County Community College, to discuss the history of graphic design and most recently its impact on the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Sabato is a Fulbright Scholar and AIGA Fellow. Sabato's presentation begins with a seven minute film of exquisitely composed images choreographed to music that will take us on a journey from 30,000 BCE up to the cusp of the Industrial Revolution. From that point we depart on another journey with Sabato, who takes us through a provocative array of images, manifestos, and design movements while leading us to present day. We disembark just after World War One to take an up close look at the Mather & Company motivational posters, featured in the current National Archives exhibition titled, “Say it With Snap!”

Rescheduled for December 10
December 2 - 6:00 reception, 6:30 p.m. program Presentation
The Civil Rights Century: Milestones in Black History

Martin Luther King’s Nobel Prize 50th Anniversary - video discussion with scholars Taylor Branch and Dr. Rufus Burrow, Jr., a King expert from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. A screening of King’s speech will be a part of this program. This event will be moderated by Dr. Chris Cantwell, University of MO – Kansas City.

December 3 – 10:00 a.m. – Genealogy Workshop
Basic Preservation Techniques
Learn how to properly care for your precious family documents, photographs, and other items. This course will teach you the proper methods for storage and types of supplies appropriate for use in your home archives to make your family papers last well into the future.

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