Local Author Gives Talk At Westport Library About Kansas City’s Forgotten History

The Westport Public Library and the Westport Historical Society are pleased to announce this year’s final installment of the Second Saturday Library Speaker Series.

Paul Kirkman will present a talk on his most recent publication, "Forgotten Tales of Kansas City," a collection of lesser known stories culled from old newspapers, books, and biographies, which tell K.C. history from a unique perspective. Mr. Kirkman brings to light the questions most of us never thought (or dared) to ask; such as, “Did Jesse James rob a bank with John F. Kennedy?” and, “Why did Clark Gable haunt street corners in a clown outfit?” “How did frogs raining down from the sky and dogs pay for a public library system?” “What kept Kansas City in Missouri?” Kansas Citians can finally learn the answers to these, plus a whole lot more. Those who attend this free program will have the chance to ask a few questions of their own.

The talk will be held at 2pm on November 9, at the Westport Public Library, which is located at 118 Westport Road. A reception will follow at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum, located across the street at 40th & Baltimore.

The Second Saturday Library Speaker Series will return in 2014.

About the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Westport Historical Society:

Located at 4000 Baltimore, in Kansas City, MO, the 1855 Harris-Kearney House is the oldest remaining residence in Kansas City. The house was built by the Harris family in 1855, and is now a museum owned and operated by the Westport Historical Society. The WHS was founded in 1956 to promote, preserve, and foster public interest in the significant history of Westport, Missouri, the Town of Kansas, and Missouri, as well as their founders.

The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday, from 1-5pm. For more information, visit our website, www.westporthistorical.com. Contact us at 816-561-1821, westporthistorical@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook.

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