One World (Winter 2005)


2005 On Sunday afternoon, January 23, 2005 Cultural Crossroads will present the next in its series of public programs. “Is this Your new year?” will introduce children from 8 to 14 to the customs of Celtic, Iranian and Jewish new year celebrations, followed by craft stations where each culture will be represented by an interactive activity for the attendees. This event will be offered free to the public. For more information or to pre-register, email


Creativity abounded as over 20 individuals customized T-shirts on Friday evening, October 22, 2004, held in conjunction with the Waldo Branch of the Public Library during their Teen Lock-In, organized by Donna Newell, Director of the Children’s Library. Starting by a discussion of greetings and how they may differ depending on circumstances of the event, the teens identified approximately a dozen ways to say “hello” in different languages. Then they moved to tables and applied what they knew and learned by personalizing a T-shirt that they took home with them at the end of the evening. The kids seemed to have so much fun that the three library volunteers asked for and made their own shirts.

Cultural Crossroads volunteers who gave their time to the event were: Louise Baggett, Valencia Broadus, Pat Fleeman, Victor Gugliuzza, Joan Paris, Victor Peck, Greg McCoy, Mary McCoy, Judith Twitchell, Donna Stalker, and Steve Stalker.



Summer and the festivals of summer are behind us now; and, although we may not always relish the cold and the snow that winter brings, we all love the holidays and holy days of winter. Each culture, through time and across continents, marks many of its most important, defining celebrations during the winter months. There is something in this time that leads people to think about endings and beginnings, about transitions and about drawing closer in – to home, to family, to traditions.

Most of us know about Christmas and Channukkah and Kwanzaa and recognize when Ramadan falls during the winter months. Although it is impossible to describe or even identify the winter holidays of all cultures in this short space, it is significant that so many cultures focus on celebrations of transition and continuity: the turning of the year (Celtic New Year, Diwali), remembrance of ancestors (Los Dias de los Muertes, Halloween, All Souls Day), the birth of deity (Christmas, Solstice), celebration of cultural traditions (Channukkah, Kwanzaa). In each culture, family and extended family gather; friends and neighbors make particular effort to renew contacts. Around candles, fireplaces and bonfires, individuals gather to create and enjoy the special warmth of the winter traditions of each culture.

This year, as you revel in the celebrations of your particular heritage, take a moment to feel that connection with all the other peoples of the world as each culture celebrates in joy.


The primary goal of Cultural Crossroads, Inc. is the creation of a cultural center designed to celebrate the diversity of Kansas City’s heritage and history and to serve as a forum for education, understanding and preservation of that diversity in a multi-faceted environment, with emphasis upon the common life experiences of all peoples, in every time and place. We are dedicated to teaching respect for all cultures through family-oriented, interactive experiences. Our outreach programs are designed for presentation in libraries, schools, community centers, churches, and other accessible venues throughout the area.

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