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July 2016 Events at Smithville Mid-Continent

September 1, 2016, Thursday at 2:00 PM

Story of the Orphan Train

Leaving the streets of New York City, homeless children rode the orphan train hoping to find new homes in America’s heartland. Sourcing memoirs, letters, and interviews, actress Pippa White brings to life the orphans who shared in this heartrending and fascinating chapter of American history.

(For adults) Registration is required.

September 1, 2016, Thursday at 6:30 PM

Draw Like Picasso

Recreate the art of Pablo Picasso with Young Rembrandts. Children will learn about the famous Spanish painter and his 20th Century art movement. Then they’ll recreate their own version of his painting, The Sailor, while exploring color, contrast, and patterns.(Ages 6 and up) Registration is required.

September 8, 2016, Thursday at 6:30 PM

From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America

The assassination of John F. Kennedy is often cited as one reason for the sudden rise in The Beatles’ popularity across the United States. Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz discusses how other factors played into the rise of Beatlemania, revealing a far more complicated and interesting story.

(For adults) Registration is required.

September 10, 2016, Saturday at 10:00 AM

Science City: Feathered Friends Fun

Connect science and popular books to learn all about birds. Join Science City educators for hands-on activities and experiments using science tools and materials to learn the science behind birds.

(Ages 4 and up) Registration is required.

September 15, 2016, Thursday at 6:30 PM

Intermediate Word®

Sharpen your document creation skills by learning several great features of Microsoft Word®. Prior attendance at the program Beginning Word® is recommended.(For adults) Registration is required.

September 19, 2016, Monday at 2:00 PM

Tales and Songs of Missouri History

Explore Missouri history through the songs and stories of its early settlers and Native Americans. Storyteller and bestselling author Rickey Pittman weaves stories, music, and interesting facts together to tell Missouri’s story from pioneer days to modern times.

(For adults) Registration is required.

 

 

September 20, 2016, Tuesday at 6:00 PM

Now Playing for Kids: The Muppet Treasure Island

Avast! Enjoy this hilarious version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of the orphan who gets involved with pirate Long John Silver. Pirate costumes are welcome!(Ages 6 and up) Registration is required.

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September 22, 2016, Thursday at 6:30 PM

The Kennedy Assassination: Fact vs. Myth

Examine the facts and fiction surrounding one of the most momentous events in American history. Veteran private investigator and former police officer Larry Berkland lays out the undisputed facts and the many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy as well as the development and tactics of the United States Secret Service.(For adults) Registration is required.

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September 29, 2016, Thursday at 6:30 PM

Buffalo Soldiers

Members of the all African American 10th Cavalry Regiment organized at Fort Leavenworth in 1866, the Buffalo Soldiers distinguished themselves with their exemplary service and selfless bravery from the American West to the battlefields of World War II. Discover the history of these unique soldiers, which included baseball great Jackie Robinson.(Ages 7 and up) Registration is required.

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September 30, 2016, Friday at 2:00 PM

Using Findmypast

Learn to search billions of records on Findmypast.com to find your ancestors from all over the world. Records include U.S. and U.K. censuses, Irish records, and parish records from England and Wales. Discover how to find articles using PERSI, an index to genealogy periodicals. This class will focus on searching tips as well as the types of records that can be found in Findmypast.com. This is a beginner level class for adults. Basic computer literacy is needed to follow along.(For adults) Registration is required.

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