Public programing offers an important opportunity for the Center to engage with the community and disseminate scholarship to an audience that reaches beyond the university. The Center sponsors a variety of events including public lectures, conferences, exhibits, and symposia, as well as more intimate gatherings to connect students and the community to scholars. Center faculty regularly consult and collaborate with area cultural institutions as they develop and execute their public programming.
Recent Public Programming initiatives include:
- Richard D. McKinzie Lecture
- Border Wars Conference
- Kansas City’s Golden Age Conference
- The Edgar Snow Project: www.edgarshowproject.org.
- Interpreting Slavery Workshop for Museum Educators
- Kansas City History Bike Tour
“KC Histories” Smartphone App
The Center for Midwestern Studies will explore Kansas City’s many historic sites through a new tablet and smartphone application that tells history through maps. Using open-source exhibition software, the “KC Histories” app will not only identify the historic buildings and museums, but also tell the community’s broader history by placing digitized primary sources, audio walking and driving tours, scholarly essays, and video clips on top of a fully interactive map of the city. Currently in the planning stages as we work with area stakeholders, the “KC Histories” app will be a great way for Kansas City to understand its vibrant past, while using history as a dynamic force in the city’s revitalization.