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Library Funding in Jeopardy

MO Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, says that libraries “expand opportunity and unleash potential” in their communities. This year, funding for Missouri libraries faces deep cuts at both the state and federal levels. State funding, through the state library, and federal funding, through the IMLS, helps libraries provide adequate internet connections, materials, and many other services that our communities need.

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Cass County history in a famous painting

Did you know that one the most famous and renowned 19th century American painters, George Caleb Bingham, painted a work titled “Order No. 11” depicting a crucial moment in Cass County’s history? View this video for a closer look at the painting. The video is part of a series combining digital images of Bingham’s paintings with original string compositions inspired by the paintings.

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A thank you to our employees

Our employees’ annual United Way donation campaign is underway! Last year, library employees donated $2,454.00 directly from their own paychecks to support local charities like Hope Haven of Cass County, Success by 6 Resource Center, Cass County Council on Aging and Grace Early Childhood Center.

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The Stern Visitations of War in Cass County

Today we are unveiling a new historical display about the Civil War history of Cass County. The display is a joint project of Cass County Public Library, Cass County Historical Society, and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Stop by the open house at the Harrisonville library today from 2:30 – 4:30.

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Caught Between Three Fires: Meet the Author

Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the Harrisonville Branch, Tom Rafiner, author of Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, MO Chaos & Order No. 11, 1860-65, will discuss, in simple terms, the causes of the eleven year war on the border. Rafiner states  “Basically I will take the period 1854 to 1865 and break it up into understandable segments, based on material which I have used in writing my upcoming book”. Rafiner’s new book Cinders & Silence: A History of Missouri’s Burnt District will be released in 2013.

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