Museum Features Special Programs For World War I Anniversary

Kansas Museum of History News Release

Contact: Bobbie Athon, Public Information Officer
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
(785) 272-8681, ext. 262

Museum Features Special Programs For World War I Anniversary 

TOPEKA—The Kansas Museum of History, in conjunction with the special exhibit, Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, is recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I through several programs in April.

A special wreath laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Schneider and a color guard unit with the Kansas Army National Guard will be special guests for the program. The public is invited.

When soldiers returned home from World War I they typically brought back souvenirs from their time in Europe. Charlie Pautler, museum director for Shawnee Town, presents The U.S. Doughboy Over There: What He Carried and What He Dragged Home. Pautler will explore these kinds of materials trappings by examining uniforms, equipment, and other items soldiers shared with their families at home. The Kansas Museum of History presents the ongoing series, Museum After Hours at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.

Then at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, the series continues by exploring the use of poison gas during World War I. Kip Lindberg, director, Chemical Corps Museum, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, presents The Development of Chemical Warfare. Lindberg will examine how and why poison gas was used and how its introduction still impacts us today. 

This series is presented in conjunction with the special exhibit, Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, which tells the story of World War I and II through the eyes of one man’s experiences. The programs are free. Admission to the Museum is half price on those evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open until 6:30 p.m.

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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