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Happy Birthday, Edwina Sandys, MBE

Edwina Sandys, artist and granddaughter of Clementine and Winston Churchill, celebrated her 85th birthday on December 22, 2023. Upon seeing his first granddaughter, Winston wrote to his wife: “She was perfectly well in the afternoon, sitting up and could see me. The baby is tiny but perfect…” We couldn’t agree more.

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19 Cents Worth of Christmas

George Harter is the founder of Music Theater Heritage and he has a wonderful story to tell about the power and meaning of the holiday season. This short 3-minute video is worth sharing with family and friends.

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150th Anniversary of the Kansas City Public LIbrary

The English-Speaking Union Salutes The Kansas City Public Library’s 150th Anniversary! December 5, 2023, marks the 150th anniversary of the Kansas City Public Library. Founded in 1873, the library will celebrate its sesquicentennial all year long in 2024.

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Julie Robinson Honored for ‘Above and Beyond’ Work With Refugee, Immigrant Communities

The English-Speaking Union of Kansas City congratulates long-time ESU member, Julie Robinson, for her commitment and support of immigrant communities as part of her position with the Kansas City Public Library as Manager of Refugee and Immigrant Services Empowerment.

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Ben Martin Tells Story About Directing A Chorus Line

On August 14, ESU members and friends gathered at Roots Seasonal Cuisine in Lee’s Summit for dinner and storytelling by Ben Martin. Ben, at the far end of the table told his experiences directing A Chorus Line in 2010 at Lee’s Summit West High School just before he retired as a 34-year theater teacher in Lee’s Summit High Schools. Ben invited four of his students to the group dinner who were in his production of A Chorus Line. Wonderful stories and memories. The musical that has changed so many lives in a positive way. It’s showing at Music Theater Heritage in Crown Center through August 27, 2023. Don’t Miss it.

King Charles III Coronation

Congratulations and best wishes to King Charles III on the occasion of his coronation on May 6, 2023, from members and friends of the Kansas City (Missouri) Branch of The English-Speaking Union of the United States.