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Museum After Hours

Museum After Hours has changed days! You will now find us live on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The programs are free.

Two options are available for viewing Museum After Hours programs live. Register on Zoom using the links below or watch on the Kansas Historical Society YouTube channel. Past programs are archived on our YouTube channel.

“Assembling a Buckle of the Bible Belt: From Enclave to Powerhouse” - Jay Price, Wichita State University, department of history chair 

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Comparing the religious demographics of Wichita between 1950 and 2000, one might mistakenly think they are looking at two different cities separated by a few states rather than the same city separated by a few decades. Understanding how that transformation took place and, just as significant, how that transformation changed the city, provides insights into the dynamics that shape our world today. Doing so involves moving beyond the sensational headlines to understand large themes and ideas that often reflected changes in everyday life in what some have thought of as a Buckle of the Bible Belt.

This program will also stream live on the Kansas Historical Society YouTube channel.

Register here


“Faith and Camp Funston” - Patricia Cecil, specialist curator for faith, religion, and WWI at the World War I Museum and Memorial, KSMO

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Camp Funston, located at Fort Riley near Junction City, was the largest of 16 divisional training camps built during World War I to house and train solders. Many new recruits encountered, for the first time, men from unfamiliar places, ethnicities, and religions. Existing in a unique American moment, the camp offers a look at individual and collective responses to faith and war. Speaker Patricia Cecil explores the way in which servicemen experienced and expressed faith in the camp as they prepared for war overseas.

This program will also stream live on the Kansas Historical Society YouTube channel.

Register here

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