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Nine ESU Branches Gather For Annual Region VI Conference

ESU's Region VI branches joined forces for the annual Regional Meeting on May 29-30, 2015. Twenty-one branch members represented all nine Region VI branches for the conference in the historic river town of Madison, Indiana. Barbara Kiffmeyer, Region VI Chair, organized a Friday evening and full-day Saturday of events. Click here for a list of attendees

On Friday evening, Barbara arranged for ESU Regional members and guests to attend a fundraising event at the historic Shrewsbury-Windle House (left) for the renovation of the interior of the 1848 Greek Revival-style home. The home is a National U.S. Historic Landmark and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Captain Charles L. Shrewsbury was the Mayor of Madison, a riverboat captain, flour manufacturer and port merchant. It was a wonderful opportunity for all branch representatives to gather and renew friendships, some meeting for the first time.


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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Even though our current membership year will end in three months, there is an opportunity in this fourth quarter for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 

If a new member enrolls during the fourth quarter of the membership year, that is, during April, May or June, their membership will carry over into the new membership year.  That means the new member gets one, two or three extra months in their first-year membership depending on which month in the fourth quarter they enrolled.


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Acclaimed British Author, Diana Preston, Reveals a Chilling Story About WWI in New Book

Diana Preston, a noted British historian, writer and broadcaster, presented a lecture at the National World War I Museum, at Liberty Memorial, in Kansas City, Mo. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  Click here to see photos from lecture.

The lecture was hosted by the National World War I Museum and co-sponsored by the English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch. Approximately 90 people attended the lecture. The lecture was taped by CSPAN and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" for future broadcast.

Mrs. Preston presented another lecture program at the ESU Headquarters offices in New York City just the day before their visit to Kansas City. That lecture was on another of her books, "Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy."

Her lecture program in Kansas City dealt with her just-published book, A Higher Form of Killing, in which Preston describes three pivotal events that occurred in the spring and early summer of 1915, during the first year of the First World War that forever altered the way war would be fought.


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Pageantry on the Prairie: From England to Prairie Village, KS

Organ Dedication Concert

In March, 2015, the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village, KS., acquired, through a generous donation, a state-of-the-art Rodgers 588 organ—a high tech instrument unique to the Kansas City area.  

On Sunday, May 17, 2015, the Church will officially introduce this remarkable Rodgers organ with an Organ Dedication Concert featuring eleven top area artists.

The free concert is open to the public and everyone is invited to hear this organ's superb sounds, rich in color and realism found nowhere else. ESU members and guests are invited to be part of the unveiling of this impressive musical instrument.


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Midwest Tea Fest

Attention all ESU Tea Lovers

The Midwest Tea Fest is holding its first annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors on June 6, 2015. 

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

On display will be KC's & some of the Midwest's finest tea vendors, free tea tastings, a series of presentations, talks and Q&A sessions with tea experts, and the opportunity to browse top quality tea selections curated from around the world. Craft and accessory vendors will offer tea sets, cozies, and gifts.


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