DBRL Programs

The Dubious Pursuits of William Clark
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In her book "The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark," author Jo Ann Trogdon reveals William Clark's highly questionable activities during the years before his famous journey west of the Mississippi. Using Clark's diary and ledger entries, she investigates evidence linking Clark to a series of plots in which corrupt officials sought to line their pockets with Spanish money and to separate Kentucky from the United States. This book launch is sponsored by the University of Missouri Press. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

When the Monarchs Came to Columbia
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball's Negro Leagues, playing from 1920 to 1965. The team launched the careers of many outstanding players, including Bullet Rogan, an eventual Hall of Famer, and conducted many barnstorming tours of the Midwest and even into Canada. Relive the history and excitement of their visits to Columbia as told by baseball historian and author Phil Dixon. Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, an award-winning author of nine baseball books and has worked for the Kansas City Royals. His visit to Columbia is part of his quest to speak in 90 cities where this famous team played.

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