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Legacies of the Civil War.


Through book discussions, Community Issues Forums, author visits and other programs, Johnson County Library invites you to consider the Legacies of the Civil War during 2011 and 2012. The 150th anniversary provides an opportunity for us to examine how the conflict shaped our lives and our community. Watch the promotional video »

Calendar of Events

event listing.Tuesday. Apr. 10, 2012

Johnson County Library presents Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley.

7 p.m. at Central Resource Library

Johnson County Library and Rainy Day Books proudly present Jane Smiley, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton, and Private Life, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012 in the Central Resource Library Gallery. Smiley's appearance is the capstone event in the Library's "Legacies of the Civil War Series."
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Event listing.Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

Johnson County Library Presents Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell.2 p.m. at Central Resource Library

Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone, reads from and discusses his new book of short stories, The Outlaw Album, including the story that inspired his book Woe to Live On and the film Ride With the Devil. Books available for purchase.
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event listing.Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

A Johnson County Library Issues and Engagement Forum: The Border War

Community Issues Forum: The Border War.

6:30 p.m. at Central Resource Library

Join with your fellow citizens to discuss the impact the border war has had on our identities and on our metro area, and how it should be commemorated.
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event listing.Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

Why Mark Twain Matters

Mark Twain.7:00 p.m. at Central Resource Library

Mark Twain expert Martin Zehr visits the Library, and will speak on the author's ongoing relevance in American literature and take questions about the man and his works.
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event listing.Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Legacies of the Civil War Book Discussion: "Private History of a Campaign That Failed"

Mark Twain.7:00 p.m. at Central Resource Library

Join patrons from around the county to discuss Mark Twain's fictionalized account of his brief and inglorious career as a Confederate irregular and deserter. Download this short story for free as an EPUBPDF or audiobook.
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event listing.Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

A Johnson County Library Issues and Engagement Forum: The Kansas-Nebraska Act

Franklin Pierce.6:30 p.m. at Central Resource Library

In 1854 President Franklin Pierce faced a critical choice, one that would determine the fate of his presidency and have a profound impact on the future of the United States. Should he support the Kansas-Nebraska proposal, which gave local settlers the right to determine whether or not slavery would be permitted? How would you advise President Pierce?
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Sterling Price.

General Sterling Price of the Missouri State Guard.

Jim Lane.

James Henry Lane, leader of the Jayhawkers and U.S. Senator during the Civil War.

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