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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. Programs also stream live on YouTube on the Kansas Historical Society channel.  These programs are free. Donations are welcome to help support programming.

"Games of Deception" - Andrew Maraniss, author

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss will share the remarkable true story of the birth of Olympic basketball at the 1936 Summer Games in Hitler's Germany. His latest book, Games of Deception, chronicles the incredible story of one of the world’s most popular games.  He tells of the key figures who made the historic event possible from Kansas oil refinery workers to Hollywood executives.  More than a standard sports book, 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.

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

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"History of the Czechs in Kansas and Elsewhere in the Midwest" - Dr. Martin Nekola, historian

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Thousands of people dreamed of leaving poor Bohemian lands, crossing the ocean, and entering the country of endless hope. The emigrants’ motivation was the vision of better living conditions and of getting rich easily, but also there was a desire to escape the political, religious, and national oppression in Bohemia, at that time part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Their journey carried them by railway to German ports and from there across the Atlantic to New York; Baltimore; New Bern, North Carolina; New Orleans; or Galveston. After landing, the settlers moved in various directions, their goal above all to buy farmland in the wide plains of the Midwest or the Great Lakes region. Throughout the second half of the 19th century more and more Czechs arrived. About 350,000 Czechs lived in the United States at the outbreak of World War I.  Dr. Martin Nekola will focus on Czech communities in the Midwest, with a special focus on Kansas.

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

Register here

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

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