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Museum After Hours

Museum After Hours

Join us for our special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month.  The program is free. Admission to the museum is half-price from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; the Museum Store is open until 6:30 p.m.

To be rescheduled - "Lee and the Lost Cause Myth" - Dr. William Garrett Piston, Missouri State University

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.  A book signing will follow the program.

To be rescheduled - "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.  New York Times best selling author Andrew Maraniss 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, the stories are of the key figures both on and off the court who made the historic event possible.  This is also a story of 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.

To be rescheduled - "Wicked Kansas" - Adrian Zink, author

Kansans like to think of their state as a land of industrious, law-abiding and friendly people, and for the most part they are correct. But its history has many tales of murders, cons, extrajudicial killings and other crimes. Its restive frontier attracted menacing characters, such as a cowboy who murdered a man for snoring, the serial-killing Bender family, and the train-robbing James-Younger Gang. Although the area was eventually settled, the scandals did not cease. Learn more about how a quack doctor nearly won the governorship, a decommissioned nuclear missile silo housing the largest LSD manufacturing operation in American history, and more.  Author Adrian Zink explores the salacious side of Kansas history in these wild stories.  A book signing will follow the program.

To be rescheduled - "Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills" - Rex Buchanan and Joshua Svaty, authors

Long before the coming of Euro-Americans, native inhabitants of what is now Kansas left their mark on the land: carvings in the soft orange and red sandstone of the central Kansas Smoky Hills region. Though noted by early settlers, these carvings are little known—and, largely found on private property today, they are now rarely seen. Through photographs, people have a chance to read the story that these carvings tell of the region's first people—and to appreciate an important feature of Kansas history and its landscape that is increasingly threatened by erosion and vandalism.  Rex Buchanan, director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey, and Joshua Svaty, a local landowner, document what is known of the petroglyphs, how and when they were made, and what they can tell us of the early people of Kansas.  A book signing will follow the program.

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

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. Johansson will explore the regiment’s background, its composition, notable personalities, military actions, relations with the federal government and the postwar era.  A book signing will follow the program.

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

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