ESU Kansas City Branch

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Join Us as We Celebrate 100 Years in Kansas City


Dear ESU KC Members and Friends, 

Due to increasing concerns and uncertainty over the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and government orders, we are postponing or canceling upcoming ESU programs and events for the foreseeable future as well as the ESU Kansas City Branch's participation in events sponsored by other organizations with the exception of digital/virtual programming. We may reschedule certain programs when we are advised by governmental authorities that it is safe to do so. Here is the current status of upcoming ESU programs:

  • Sir Christopher Hum Lecture—Postponed. Watch our website: for updates.

  • English in Action Conversations—Weekly sessions postponed while the Kansas City Public Library branches are closed. 

  • ESU National Shakespeare Competition Finals in New York City—The in-person competitions will now take place as virtual competitions over the internet, offering some exciting additions to this year's national competition, including allowing ESU members the opportunity to participate and vote for the winners.  Watch the national ESU website for details and updates on any changes to the competition:

Watch for additional events planned for later in the year. These are difficult times for all of us. As always, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family the best of health.

Best regards,
Dan Bukovac
English-Speaking Union
Kansas City Branch

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News And Events

ESU Kansas City Hosts 
Best-Selling Author Elizabeth St. John

Photo Gallery of Lecture and
Reception Fundraiser

The ESU Kansas City Branch was host to best-selling author, Elizabeth St. John, who made a one-day visit to Kansas City. Her historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Tower was the topic of her lecture at the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 

Set in 17th Century England, St. John told a story of her real ancestor's life in the most famous prison in the world—The Tower of London. From first-hand accounts, memoirs and hidden archives, Elizabeth shared her ancestress' secret life in the Tower of London and gave a unique perspective to the history of 17th century England.


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Added Membership Value
for First-Time Members!

Even though our new membership year doesn't begin until July 1, 2020, there is an opportunity starting in the fourth quarter (April, May, June) for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 


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All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend a British Tea celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday AND The English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch's 100th birthday. It will be one of our biggest social gatherings of the year.

The British tea will be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo., in a stately 3-story, 5,000 square foot home built in 1913. The tea will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Our tea will include a special champagne toast to HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 94th  birthday and ESU's 100th birthday. We will again have our popular Trivia Quiz with a selection of fun prizes as well as some special door prizes.


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ESU Kansas City Branch Supports
Fine Arts Education Day at Mo State Capitol

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. The Fine Arts Education Day program has been canceled for this year. We are sorry for this inconvenience and sudden change. The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has committed to resuming this important arts program for Missouri schools next year.

The ESU Kansas City Branch will again be represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The purpose of Fine Arts Education Day is to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools. This program is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, theatre, music and visual art. By joining together, these organizations in Missouri speak with a powerful and unified voice about the importance of the arts in Missouri schools.


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Taking Tea with the Dragon: Ambassador in Beijing
Lecture: Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG

Former British Ambassador to China

Friends, during this period of uncertainty with the coronavirus health crisis affecting all of us, our members, families, friends and the public are of greatest concern. We are postponing the lecture program with Sir Christopher Hum and will reschedule this important program at a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience and sudden change. Watch our website and Facebook for updates.

Sir Christopher Hum, former British Ambassador to China, will present an intriguing and timely lecture in Kansas City on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. This special lecture program is in partnership with The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City and the International Relations Council. The ESU and IRC are pleased to welcome Sir Christopher Hum to his first visit to Kansas City.


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