ESU Kansas City Branch

Welcome to the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Guests,

Welcome to our ESU Kansas City Branch website! It is with real pleasure that I serve as Kansas City's 2016 branch president, especially as our branch enters into the exciting events which comprise the Shakespeare 400 celebration! 

Shakespeare tells us in his Sonnet 18. "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee." For four centuries worldwide, human beings' lives have been enriched by the writings from the incomparable genius of Shakespeare. And truly, these marvelous works will continue to elucidate the human condition "as long as men can breathe or eyes can see." 

Kansas City's exciting Shakespeare 400 programming is ongoing throughout May and June!

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News And Events

Acclaimed Author Andrea Mays Tells the Miraculous and Romantic Story of the Making of the First Folio

Special 'Meet and Greet the Author' Buffet Reception Follows Lecture

Andrea Mays, acclaimed author and distinguished scholar, will present a lecture on her newly published book, "The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio." The free lecture program is sponsored by The English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch and co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library. It will be held at the downtown Central Library on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The public is invited.

The late 19th- and early 20th-century millionaire businessman Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily spent a lifetime tracking down one of literature's greatest treasures, the first collection of Shakespeare's plays. Known as the First Folio, it was published seven years after the Bard's death in 1616. Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars.


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Meet and Greet with Author Andrea Mays

The ESU Kansas City Branch is hosting a special post-lecture fundraising buffet reception for ESU members and guests to personally meet author Andrea Mays, author of The Millionaire and the Bard. Join us for a wonderful buffet reception after the lecture at one of Kansas City's finest restaurants.

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Time: 8:00 pm


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2nd Annual Midwest Tea Festival Returns to Kansas City

Attention all ESU Tea Lovers

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its second annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors on May 7, 2016. 

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this one-day Festival celebrating everything that tea culture has to offer. 


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ESU Partners with Paseo Academy for Third Annual Arts on the Hill: Spring Arts Festival

The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts will hold its third annual "Arts on the Hill: Spring Arts Festival" on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 1:00-6:00 pm. 4747 Flora Ave, Kansas City, Mo.

The Festival is a celebration of the arts, featuring Paseo's talented artist-scholars, alumni, and honoring Paseo's arts/business partnerships of Kansas City. Paseo's Spring Arts Festival will include the coronation of the Royal Arts Court, outside performances and events showcasing Paseo students, alumni, and community partners. 


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Lecture: Robert Hulse, M.A., Director, London’s Brunel Museum

image_srcRobert Hulse, Director of London's Brunel Museum, will present a lecture at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch is co-sponsoring this free lecture program with the Linda Hall Library. This lecture is part of ESU's Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series.

Americans need little introduction to their favorite architect, but they may not know Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), the Englishman who changed the world. His first project, the oldest tunnel in the London subway, changed the shape of our cities.


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