News And Events

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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Shakespeare Visits the Rotary Club

Ben Martin, a long time ESU member and Rotary Club member, organized a special "Shakespeare Day" at the weekly Rotary Club meeting in Lee's Summit, Mo. on April 23, 2015.

Ben contacted Olivia Sloan and Molly Williams, ESU's First and Third Place winners of the Kansas City Branch Shakespeare Competition, and asked them to perform their Shakespeare monologues and sonnets before the Rotary Club audience of about 85 members and guests. Ben explained that the English-Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition began in Kansas City 31 years ago and is ESU's flagship national educational program for high school students.

Ben also described the First Folio document to the audience and explained that one of the original First Folios will be in Kansas City next year at the Kansas City Public Library from June 6-28, 2016. Ben even brought his own personal copy of the Norton Facsimile of the First Folio for everyone to see.

 

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