Author Bill Hart will discuss his book, “Historic Missouri Roadsides,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17, at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road. A free light reception will precede the program at 6 p.m.

Hart offers a richly illustrated travel/history/photography book, consisting of six tours of Missouri on mostly two-lane roads and highways. One tour, the Platte Purchase tour, begins in St. Joseph and heads north and east through all of the counties of the purchase, which completed the map of Missouri in 1853 and then some, traveling to Unionville in north central Missouri. Places to eat/drink, visit/shop and stay are listed in the book and include only small, Missouri-owned businesses. Don't look for McDonald's here – only real places owned by real people and keeping it local. This event is presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council.

Copies of Hart’s book will be available for purchase and signing. For reservations to the free program, call 816-268-8010 or email