Public Programming

Public programming offers exciting opportunities for the Center to engage with the community and disseminate scholarship to a wide audience. The Center sponsors a variety of public events, including lectures, conferences, exhibits, and symposia, to connect students and the community with scholars.

Recent Public Programming Initiatives Include:

  • Border Wars Conference
  • Interpreting Slavery Workshop for Museum Educators
  • Wide Open Town: Kansas City During the Pendergast Era Symposium
  • Strength in Numbers: Symposium on Quindaro, KS
  • Richard D. McKinzie Lecture
  • Guadalupe Centers Centennial


Center faculty regularly consult and collaborate with local and regional cultural institutions as they develop new exhibits, reinterpretative initiatives, and execute their public programming.

Our faculty have offered their expertise with the following initiatives:

  • Jackson County Parks + Rec, interpreting enslavement at historic sites (2023)
  • Renaming of Negro Creek, Johnson County, Kansas government (2021-22)
  • Engaging Communities Initiative, Kansas State Historical Society (2021)
  • Wornall-Majors House Museums, interpreting enslavement, (2015-23)
  • Civil War Virtual Museum, Springfield Greene County Library (2011)
  • Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, Kansas City Public Library
  • Kansas City Star “Civil War 150” Series
  • Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Civil War in Missouri Exhibit (2010-2011)
  • Shared Stories of the Civil War, Kansas Humanities Council (2010-12)
  • Legacies of the Civil War Program, Johnson County Public Library (2010-11)
  • “Blood and Ashes,” Order Number #11 Commemoration Programming, Wornall/Majors House Museums and Jackson County Historical Society