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Topeka - Kansas Museum of History - Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes - exhibit opens

Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes 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 the story of Hughes, which is both common and exceptional. 

Born in Topeka in 1888, the timing of his birth, the influence of his military father, and the impact of world politics shaped his life. He began his service as a member of the Kansas National Guard and was sent to the Texas border with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1916.  As a member of the U.S. Army he served 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 (POW), and saving many belongings from the wars that were later donated to this museum.  In essence, he captured his life. 

See this extraordinary collection:

  • Uniform he wore as a member of the 130th Field Artillery in the Kansas National Guard
  • Photographs of France, Germany, and Belgium he took in 1919 as part of the 35th Division’s Army of Occupation
  • Many photographs of the same locations taken in 2000
  • Heavily patched pants he wore in four Japanese POW camps
  • Red Cross items he brought home after 41 months as a POW
  • Entries from his daily POW diary

Kansas World War I 100th AnniversaryDuring this 100th anniversary of World War I, we present this man and the world events that impacted the lives of so many Kansans.

The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, contact 785-272-8681; kansasmuseum@kshs.org.

1 - 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018
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