National Archives at Kansas City


National Archives at Kansas City
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Kansas City, MO 64108

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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

Thursday, May 7 – 10:00 – 11:30 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.

Wednesday, May 13 - 6:00 reception/6:30 p.m. program
Author Discussion/Signing
Cold War Kids: Politics and Childhood in Postwar America, 1945-1960 by Marilyn Irvin Holt

Today we take it for granted that political leaders and presidential administrations will address issues related to children and teenagers. But in the not-so-distant past, politicians had little to say, and federal programs had less to do with children-except those of very specific populations. Holt shows how the Cold War changed it all. Against the backdrop of the postwar baby boom, and the rise of a distinct teen culture, Cold War Kids unfolds the little–known story of how politics and federal policy expanded their influence in shaping children's lives and experiences-making way for the youth attuned political culture that we've come to expect.

Wednesday, June 3 – 6:00 reception/6:30 p.m. program
Evening Lecture
Props and Pin Ups: Nose Art in World War II with Dr. John Curatola

Curatola is an associate professor of history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who will discuss Props and Pin Ups: Nose Art in World War II in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The use of nose art was common on military aircraft during the Second World War. Painted on the fuselages of many of the belligerent air forces aircraft, these stand-alone pieces of art reflected aircrews’ values and attitudes. Messages and pictures painted on these aircraft are not only a rich military legacy, but provide insight into the time, temperament, and men who flew and maintained them. Dr. Curatola will address the various influences, national trends, and general themes of this unique element of military history. The presentation will show nose art in its original form and in historical context, which includes partial nudity. This program is presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

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