Museum After Hours programs complement Captured: The Extraordinary Adventured of Colonel Hughes exhibition

Kansas Historical Society News Release

Contact: Bobbie Athon, Public Information Officer, (785) 272-8681, ext 262, bathon@kshs.org

Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS 66615-1099

Special Information and Presentation for Veterans Included Museum After Hours Program Series 


TOPEKA—As a part of the special exhibit, Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, the Kansas Museum of History presents Museum After Hours, a year-long program series. The programs are free. Admission to the Museum is half price on those evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

This month’s program is J.R.R. Tolkien and the Battle of the Somme by Jonathan R. Casey, archivist, and Edward Jones Research Center manager, The National World War I Museum and Memorial, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016, This overview of Tolkien’s war service focuses particularly on the Somme, July through October 1916, and how his war experience may have influenced his literary work, namely The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings. The presentation includes images from the World War I Museum’s collections that match passages from the books.

In honor of veterans, the Kansas Enhanced Mobile Veteran Service van will be onsite at the Kansas Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016. This mobile office will provide no-cost information and assistance to veterans and family members to learn more about benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In September Karen Taylor, owner of Yak 'n Yarn, a Topeka yarn store, donated balls of yarn for knitters and crocheters to made squares, then the store assembled those into lap robes. Denise Cunningham, a representation of the Veterans Administration, will accept the donation of 11 lap robes on behalf of the veterans just prior to the 6:30 p.m. program.
Support for Museum After Hours comes from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, call (785) 272-8681, ext. 415, or visit kshs.org/museum.

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