1 Historic statue: A statue of the first African-American woman in the White House press corps is on display in the lobby of the Truman Library in Independence. Alice Dunnigan was a reporter for the Associated Negro Press from 1947 until 1961. She covered Harry Truman’s Whistlestop campaign in the 1948 presidential election – and raised her own money to do so. She also was the first African-American woman to be accredited to cover Congress, the State Department and the Supreme Court. A program, “The Life of Alice Dunigan,” is at 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the museum’s auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. The museum is at 500 West U.S. 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular hours admission is $8 for ages 15 and older, $7 adults 65-plus, $3 youth ages 6 to 15 and free for children 5 and younger.
2 Access art: Mid-Continent Public Library, in cooperation with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute, is hosting an event for all ages 1-8 p.m. Sunday at the North Independence Branch, 317 W. U.S. 24., with opportunities to create new artworks. Instructional activities will range from self-portraiture for kids to acrylic painting for adults. Reservations are required for some sessions; for more information and a full schedule of Access Art opportunities, visit mymcpl.org/accessart.
3 Wildflower exploration: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Burr Oak Woods nature center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. Join a naturalist to enjoy the floral delights of the Discovery Trail with Dutchman’s breeches, may apples, trilliums and more. If inclement weather occurs, enjoy a PowerPoint presentation with some beautiful photos of our native wildflowers. Walk-in event; all ages.
4 Paired Power: Marshall and Eisenhower: 6 p.m. April 17, Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. Tenth St. Military historian David W. Mills of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the long association of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall, who held several high-level positions in government. The library’s temporary exhibit, “Eisenhower’s Middle Road,” runs through May 24 in the Mountain Room.
5 Special exhibits at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City:
• “Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI” is in the Wylie Gallery and runs through Sept. 2.
• “Devastated Lands” includes jarring photographs and illustrations from the museum’s collection. It’s in Memory Hall and runs through Dec. 22.
• “1919: Peace?” is about how the war transformed the world, but left a legacy of unresolved issues and conflict. It runs through March 1, 2020 in Exhibit Hall.
• “We’re Home – Now What?” An examination of the challenging transition for service personnel from war-time duty to civilian life. It runs through Sept. 8 in Ellis Gallery.