ESU Kansas City Branch

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Dear ESU Members and Friends,

2020 is a milestone for the English-Speaking Union in the United States and in Kansas City.   Both the ESU's headquarters in New York City and the ESU Kansas City Branch were organized 100 years ago. Since then, more than 60 ESU branches have been formed in the U.S. 

In 1918, at the end of World War I, Sir Evelyn Wrench, a British journalist, founded the English-Speaking Union in London, England. He believed that maintaining close personal and national ties forged during the war was necessary for the preservation of peace.  He was convinced that, given the opportunity to know one another personally, people who shared a common language would discover they also shared similar values, whatever their differences in nationality or background. Continuing the same mission and purpose that Sir Evelyn Wrench imagined in 1918, the ESU has grown into a major nonprofit, nonpolitical educational organization with branches in 54 countries on all five continents.

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News And Events

ESU Kansas City Branch Announces
19 Schools in 36th Annual
2020 Shakespeare Competition

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.,
Kansas City, MO

The ESU Kansas City Branch, in its 100th birthday year, is thrilled to announce nineteen area high schools have entered the 2020 Shakespeare Competition. This is the largest group of high schools to enter the Competition in our 36 years of hosting the Competition in Kansas City. Congratulations to these schools and best of luck to each student representing their school.

Click here to see photos from the Kansas City Facebook Photo Album.


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Best-selling author, Elizabeth St. John, will present a spell-binding lecture about her historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Tower. Set in 17th Century England, St. John tells a  story of her real ancestor's life in the most famous prison in the world—The Tower of London. The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City and the KC Public Library are co-sponsoring this free lecture on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, downtown Kansas City. The ESU welcomes Ms. St. John to Kansas City as part of ESU's Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series and ESU's 100th birthday celebration.

Click here to RSVP for free Lecture. 


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Meet & Greet the Author: Elizabeth St. John
Buffet Reception Fundraiser

The ESU Kansas City Branch is hosting a special Post-Lecture Fundraising Buffet Reception for ESU members and guests to personally meet author Elizabeth St. John. Join us for a wonderful buffet reception after the lecture at one of Kansas City's finest restaurants. This Meet and Greet the Author Fundraiser is an optional event. Guests may attend the lecture only at no charge or attend the lecture and the Fundraiser Buffet Reception.

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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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Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Brunch:
Our 100th Birthday Celebration Begins

2020 is a historic milestone for The English-Speaking Union. Both the U.S. headquarters in New York City and the Kansas City Branch were founded in 1920. We are excited to celebrate our 100th birthday throughout 2020 and our first program pays tribute to Lt. Col. Marvin H. Gates who founded the Kansas City Branch of the ESU in 1920 and was our first Branch president.


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