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Topeka - Kansas Museum of History - Museum After Hours - Cancelled

"Games of Deception"
Andrew Maraniss, author

Hear the remarkable true story of the birth of Olympic basketball at the 1936 Summer Games in Hitler's Germany. Mariness, a New York Times best-selling author, will share the incredible story of one of the world’s most popular games—from its invention at a Springfield, Massachusetts, YMCA in 1891 to its Olympic debut in the 1936 Berlin games. From Kansas oil refinery workers to Hollywood executives, key figures both on and off the court made the historic event possible. This story encompasses racism and antisemitism on both sides of the Atlantic and a secret propaganda campaign by German and American Olympic officials to ensure U.S. participation in the controversial games. A book signing will follow the program.

Program is free. Museum admission is half price from 5 - 6:30 p.m. The Museum Store is open until 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Museum After Hours programs:

May 8, 2020 - “Wicked Kansas”
June 12, 2020 - “Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills”
July 10, 2020 - “Indian Home Guard”