The Independence Public Library is committed to providing quality, educational and insightful resources to the community we serve. As part of this commitment, we are determined to bring in traveling exhibits through grants, as well as develop 4 exhibits throughout 2017.

Current Exhibits on Display

The “Entitled” Generation: Past, Present, Equality (on display until June 30, 2017)

Throughout history, previous generations have made accusations towards younger generations that they are lazy and entitled. In 2016, the United States witnessed one of the most brutal elections in modern history. Accusations towards the millennial generation (persons born between 1980 and mid-1990) made headlines weekly. Yet, this generation is the most diverse generation to ever exist in the United States of America. The diversity in this generation ranges from socioeconomic status to racial, sexual, and religious identification. The “Entitled” Generation focuses on nine key civil rights movements: African American, Americans with Disabilities, Asian American, Hispanic American, Jewish American, LGBT American (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender), Middle Eastern American, Native American, and Women’s Rights.
Millennials are “entitled,” just as every generation before, and after. They are entitled to equal protection under the law. Thanks to the hard work of civil rights activist that have come before, and the tremendously innovative activism this generation is currently pursuing.
This exhibit was produced by Brandon West and England Porter and edited by Nancy Kishpaugh.

Private Spaces Photography Exhibit by Les Slesnick

“The photo exhibition, commissioned by the Astra Art Commission in early 2014, is displayed on the walls of the library during normal library hours.  Slesnick, a Florida artist, spent weeks in Independence getting to know the community and photographing numerous “private spaces” of local residents in order to present his view, as an “outsider,” of the place we call home.” -Marsha Hayes

Upcoming Exhibits at the Library

Hidden Figures: Celebrating minorities in STEM (Opening July 13 @ 6:00 PM)

Discover “hidden figures” who work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. This exhibit celebrates diversity in STEM and promotes role models for young minds. Discover individuals who have made an impact on Aeronautics and Space. Figures include Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Sally Ride, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Ellen Ochoa, Mae Jemison, Robert Curbeam, and more! Discover, learn, and interact with this hands-on exhibit.

Jonestown, Peoples Temple (Opening October 5)

More details to be announced soon.

Previous Exhibits

World War I and America Traveling Exhibit

Organized to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917, the project brings members of the veteran community together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country to explore the transformative impact of the First World War by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand. The Independence Public Library is 1 of 50 libraries across the country to host this exhibit.

War Art Photography Exhibit featuring area Veterans Tattoos

War Art, is part of the World War I and America series and is made possible through the grant the library received. Nancy Kishpaugh has been documenting area veterans and their families tattoos and oral histories in order for participants to tell their stories in a noninvasive fashion.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Renaissance Man

Leonardo da Vinci, the artist, inventor, scientist, and Renaissance Man. He set the trends in all that he did and thought outside of the current polymath thinking. Most known for his flying machines, the Mona Lisa, and The Last Supper, da Vinci born from a Notary and a peasant woman became one of the most identified names in the world. The exhibit was developed by Independence Public Library’s Adult Services Coordinator, Brandon West, with editing from Nancy Kishpaugh and Bill Gour.

Created Equal

In 2013 the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Bridging Cultures initiative and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History came together to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This partnership has developed programmatic and support materials for the over 400 sites chosen to participate. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history.  Four outstanding documentary films, spanning the period from the 1830s to the 1960s, are the centerpiece for this project. Each of these films was supported by the NEH, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

Lewis Hine Child Labor Photography Exhibit

Sponsored by a grant for youth programs, Independence Teens participated in a 6-week long program series discussing Child Labor. During this series, teens searched through hundreds of Lewis Hine’s photos on the Library of Congresses website. Through this project, teens learned about the conditions youth use to work in, how to properly cite sources, and how to mount photos.

Changing America

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963,” a traveling exhibition, examines the relationship between two great people’s movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. The Independence Public Library was 1 of 50 libraries to host this exhibit.