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Museum After Hours

An all new virtual Museum After Hours series is available, 6:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month. The programs are free and offered at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. 

Register for virtual Museum After Hours programs using the links below. 100-person limit. They are also available live on YouTube.  These programs are free. Donations are welcome to help support programming.

"Lee and the Lost Cause Myth" - Dr. William Garrett Piston, Missouri State University (retired)

Friday, November 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Explore how former Confederate officers and postwar historians deified General Robert E. Lee and vilified his subordinate, General James Longstreet as they crafted a memory of the Civil War that reconciled white Southerners defeat and made Lee a hero for generations of Americans.  Professor William Piston discusses the birth of the Lost Cause Myth, a presentation of the antebellum South as a lost Eden, and its soldiers as incomparable warriors defeated only by superior numbers.

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Purchase a copy of Piston's book, Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History, on our Museum Store Online.


"The First Indian Home Guards" - Dr. Jane Johansson, Rogers State University

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Recruited in Kansas refugee camps in the spring of 1862, the First Indian Home Guard was a unique Civil War regiment.  Comprised of whites, refugee Muscogee Creeks and Seminoles, and African Creeks, the regiment served in a variety of military operations from 1862–1865.   Dr. Jane Johansson, Rogers State University, will explore the regiment’s background, its composition, notable personalities, military actions, relations with the federal government and the postwar era.

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"Hispano Capitalistas de Nuevo Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail " - Dr. Gene Chávez, historian

Friday, January 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

The Santa Fe Trail was the first international commercial conduit connecting two nations of North America.  After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, the new Republic of Mexico opened trade relationships with the United States, its industrial neighbor to the north.  Extensive trade routes established throughout Mexico under Spanish colonial rule could accommodate the distribution of manufactured goods from the United States and in return transport agricultural, mineral, and hard currency assets to an ever-expanding industrialized country.  Dr. Gene T. Chavez, will share his insights about trade on the Santa Fe Trail.

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Many of these programs have been recorded and are available through the Kansas Historical Society's YouTube channel.

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