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Museum After Hours

Join us for our special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Fridays. The programs complement the Kansas Museum of History's special exhibit, Captured:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and are held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The program is free. Admission to the museum is half-price from 5-6:30 p.m.

November 17, 2017 - "The Great War in the Air"

Aviation grew in importance and sophistication during the First World War. The conflict from 1914-1918 saw the development of strategic bombing, reconnaissance, and pursuit aviation. The program will provide insights into these aviation developments that made aviation an intrinsic part of modern war, which still resonate today. Presented by Dr. John Curatola, associate professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

December 8, 2017 - "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Farmer"

Gain an understanding of the program Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education, or S.A.V.E. Farm, that is helping to bridge the gap through training and mentoring. Presented by Colonel Gary LaGrange (retired), one of the founders of this pathway to farming for veterans and servicemembers.

January 12, 2018 - "Giant with Feet of Clay: The U.S. Army Enters World War I"

Explore the effectiveness of the U.S. Army's fighting force as they evolved from 19th century warfare to the technological advances needed to win the Great War. Presented by Dr. Richard Faulkner, professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

February 9, 2018 - "See Arabia: The First World War Photographs of T.E. Lawrence"

Discover the story of Lawrence of Arabia through this geographical, chronological, and historical record, revealing the man, his values, and effectiveness as a photographer. Presented by George Thompson, Lawrence of Arabia scholar.

March 9, 2018 - "The Army on the Border, 1916-1917"

Gain insights into the attack on American territory, Pershing's 'Punitive expedition,' and the service of the Missouri National Guard on the Mexican border from 1916-1917. Presented by Jeffrey Patrick, librarian at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

April 13, 2018 - "Lawfare in the Great War"

World War I brought a seismic shift in law and war, crime and military operations, impacting war crimes trials today. Presented by Dr. Mark Hull, associate professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

May 11, 2018 - "A Final Goodbye: Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages 1929-1933"

The Gold Star Mothers' Association initiated a pilgrimage to Europe for mothers with sons buried overseas to visit their fallen. Presented by Stacie Petersen, registrar at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.