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Topeka - Kansas Museum of History - Museum After Hours

Join us for a special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 8. The programs complement the Kansas Museum of History's special exhibit, Captured:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and are held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m., admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open until 6:30 p.m.

Ronald Mastin presents "Defending Freedoms"

Mastin, a native Kansan, grew up in Beloit, graduated from the University of Kansas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC. While flying his 34th combat mission on January 16, 1967, Mastin was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a prisoner of war. He spent 2,239 days in captivity including years at the “Hanoi Hilton.” He was finally released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973, and now lives in Georgia. We are proud to bring this decorated Vietnam veteran home for this program.

“Let us all never forget that we live in the most wonderful country in the world, that we defend freedoms which most people the world over can't even realize…”
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Mastin


October 13, 2017 - "The Concentrated Essence of Infantry"
November 17, 2017 - "The Great War in the Air"
December 8, 2017 - "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Farmer"
January 12, 2018 - "Giant with Feet of Clay: The U.S. Army Enters World War I"
February 9, 2018 - "Lawrence of Arabia"
March 9, 2018 - "The Army on the Border, 1916-1917
April 13, 2018 - "Lawfare and the Great War"
May 11, 2018 - "A Final Goodbye: Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages 1929-1933"