Our award-winning website highlights the events of the Civil War that happened right here in Kansas and Missouri. Students, teachers, and Civil War enthusiasts can view original photos, letters, and maps from partner organizations, an interactive timeline linking to articles written by historians, and lessons plans written for high school and college classrooms.
Kansas City artist Benjamin Wills’ outreach to inmates began with letters of support to two acquaintances serving prison terms. Wills wrote to more men and women in confinement, becoming increasingly fascinated by their stories and common struggles with abandonment, lost identity, and sadness. When one sent him a paper airplane laden with messages, it inspired a unique project: the exhibit Airplanes, currently on display in the Central Library’s Guldner Gallery.