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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. 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.

Jonathan R. Casey, archivist and Edward Jones Research Center manager, The National World War I Museum and Memorial presents "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Battle of the Somme." This overview of Tolkien’s war service focuses particularly on the Somme, July through October 1916, and how his war experience may have influenced his literary work, namely The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings. The presentation includes images from the World War I Museum’s collections that match passages from the books.

In honor of veterans, the Kansas Enhanced Mobile Veteran Service van will be onsite at the Kansas Historical Society from 12 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016. This mobile office will provide no-cost information and assistance to veterans and family members to learn more about benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In September Karen Taylor, owner of Yak 'n Yarn, a Topeka yarn store, donated balls of yarn for knitters and crocheters to made squares, then the store assembled those into lap robes. Denise Cunningham, a representation of the Veterans Administration, will accept the donation of 11 lap robes on behalf of the veterans just prior to the 6:30 p.m. program.

Upcoming Museum After Hours programs

December 9, 2016 - “Toy Soldiers and Baby Dolls: Toys of the War Years”
January 13, 2017 - “The U.S. Doughboy Over There”
February 10, 2017 - “Make Way for Democracy!”
March 10, 2017 - “A Kansas Nurse in the B.E.F., 1918”
April 14, 2017 - “The Development of Chemical Warfare”
May 12, 2017 - “Serving America While Serving Time”
June 9, 2017 - “Doughboys and Doughnut Girls: The Salvation Army and WWI”