Eighty thousand Kansans served in World War I; 227,000 served in World War II. We pay tribute to all Kansas soldiers, past and present, by telling the story of one Kansas soldier, James Clark Hughes.
Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes tells a story that is both common and exceptional. Born in Topeka, Hughes served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1948 and fought in both world wars. He left many detailed records of his time in service. He photographed battlefields and towns in Europe, recorded his daily survival as a Japanese Prisoner of War, and saved many belongings from the wars that were later donated to the Kansas Historical Society. In essence, he captured his life.
The Museum presents a special opening family day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Many activities will be free. All active military personnel and their families will receive free Museum admission.
At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Michelle Kauffman, a member of Hughes' family, will present talks about his experiences. The History Lab offers special collecting activities and provides tips to access veterans' military and war records.
The event also includes these highlights:
- Static military displays
- Climbing wall
- Other activities for children
- Food trucks
We would like to thank the 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, for providing assistance with this event.
Find a listing of upcoming activities on our events calendar.