Wide Open Town shows Kansas City’s past Friday and Saturday at the Plaza Kansas City Public Library

Friday and Saturday, the Kansas City Public Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City color in our black-and-white, Prohibition-busting, cowtown-boozetown-machinetown-jazztown-balltown past with a symposium called Wide Open Town. (Among the archival images you’ll see: Muehlebach Field, built in 1923 and later called Municipal Stadium, shown here as a football hub.) Visiting scholars and prominent locals (including Chuck Haddix and Stuart Hinds) talk politics, music, history and more at the Plaza Branch (4801 Main). See the schedule at kclibrary.org/pendergast

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