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Second Saturday Conversation: Coffee with the Curators

February 8,11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

The gallery talk

Join Amelia Nelson and Dr. Benjamin Gross from 11:00 a.m. to noon for a gallery talk of their exhibition, Gifts of the Nile.

The speakers

Benjamin Gross is Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library. He was previously a research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation and consulting curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey. He earned a BA in history from Yale University and a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University.

Amelia Nelson is Head of Library and Archives at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Spencer Art Reference Library. Amelia has worked at SARL since 2012 and was promoted to oversee the Library and Archives in mid-2018. Previously, she worked at the Kansas City Art Institute’s Jannes Library and was the Director of the Delaware College of Art and Design’s Edgar A. Thronson Library. Amelia holds an MA in Art History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri, and a BA in Architecture from Kansas State University. Amelia’s focus on developing new ways to connect library visitors to museum and library collections that inspire, educate, and engage has led to the publication of several articles and presentations as well as her current role at co-editor of the forthcoming book, The New Art Museum Library.

Admission tickets

We have reached our capacity for this event and have closed registration.


The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 10 a.m.


Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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