Capital READ Book Discussion

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The Missouri River Regional Library is hosting a series of September book discussions on This Place of Promise: A Historian's Perspective on 200 Years of Missouri History, the 2022 Capital READ. The discussions will be led by community members who will focus not only focus on the book's overall content but also on specific aspects of the state's history as covered in the book. 

Please join us for one or more of these discussions to add to your understanding and appreciation of Missouri's fascinating history. The Capital READ schedule for September includes:

Monday, September 12 (1-3 p.m.)
Discussion leaders: Anita Randolph and Anne Rottmann, Missouri River Regional board members
Special focus: The Civil War in Missouri

Thursday, September 15 (6:30-8 p.m.)
Discussion leaders Dr. Darius Watson, interim dean of admissions, Lincoln University; and Dr. Thomas J. Gubbels, American history professor, Lincoln University
Special focus: Race in Missouri

Monday, September 19 (1-3 p.m.)
Discussion leaders Claudia Young, MRRL library director; and Madeline Matson, MRRL reference and adult programmer
Special focus: Rural and urban population issues in Missouri

Thursday, September 22 (1-3 p.m.)
Discussion leaders: Bob Priddy, longtime broadcast journalist and author of The Art of the Missouri Capitol: History in Canvas, Bronze, and Stone; Only the Rivers Are Peaceful: Thomas Hart Benton's Mural; and the multi-volume Across Our Wide Missouri 

Tuesday, September 27 (6:30-8 p.m.)
Join us for a special presentation by Dr. Gary Kremer, distinguished historian and author of This Place of Promise: A Historian's Perspective on 200 Years of Missouri History, the 2022 Capital READ.

Kremer is the author of 10 books dealing with aspects of Missouri history, in particular books on race, education, urban-rural divisions, and the role of government. He taught history at Lincoln University and William Woods University and currently serves as executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri.