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Museum After Hours

Museum After Hours

Join us for our special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Fridays.  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.

June 14, 2019 - “Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at
the Chautauqua”

Programs on reform, religion, and culture could be found at Chautauqua, a rural movement focused on moral education and self-improvement.  The Chautauqua movement helped to advance the cause of “womanhood” through the creation of organizations like the Woman’s Council in Ottawa, Kansas.  There women found a space to discuss important issues of the day.  This presentation examines how women engaged in suffrage, temperance, and other types of political activism at the Chautauqua, and how this early movement laid the groundwork for contemporary issues of feminism and gender equality.  Please note this program change.

July 12, 2019 - "Hidden History of Kansas"

Kansas' storied past is filled with fascinating firsts, humorous coincidences and intriguing characters. A man who had survived a murderous proslavery massacre in 1858 hanged his would-be executioner five years later. A wealthy Frenchman utilized his utopian ideals to create an award-winning silk-producing commune in Franklin County. A young boy's amputated arm led to the rise of Sprint Corporation. The first victim of the doomed Donner Party met her end in Kansas. In 1947, a housewife in Johnson County, indignant at the poor condition of the local school for black children, sparked school desegregation nationwide. Author and historian Adrian Zink digs deep into the Sunflower State's history to reveal these hidden and overlooked stories. Copies of his book will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

August 9, 2019 - "Elevations:  A Personal Exploration of the Arkansas River"

Join Max McCoy for a 742 mile journey searching for the unique story of the upper Arkansas River.  Going by kayak when he can—by Jeep, on foot, or by other means when he has to—McCoy navigated the Arkansas River as it revealed its nature and tested his own.  The upper Arkansas River courses through the heart of America from its headwaters near the Continental Divide above Leadville, Colorado, to Arkansas City, just above the Kansas-Oklahoma border. It is a flowing repository of human history and traveling on it was a life-changing experience.  Author Max McCoy is an award-winning novelist, a professor of journalism at Emporia State University, and the director of ESU’s Center for Great Plains Studies.

September 13, 2019 - "The Many Trials of Fatty Arbuckle"

In 1921, native Kansan Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was the highest paid star in Hollywood but that star fell in late 1921 when he was accused of an unspeakable crime. Three trials followed, and most people today cannot remember if he was found guilty or innocent. Attorney and historian Dr. Mark Hull will unveil the evidence; you render the verdict. Dr. Hull is an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

October 11, 2019 - "Bluecoat and Pioneer:  The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868"

The Eleventh [Kansas Cavalry] was the most truly Kansan in its composition of any of the regiments the Spartan State furnished to the Union Army,” wrote the State Adjutant General.  John Benton Hart of Grasshopper Falls, Kansas was there from start to finish. Hear his account of some of the regiment’s most harrowing moments: the running fight against the threatening forces of Confederate General Sterling Price and the Battle of Platte Bridge at Casper, Wyoming. Hart returned to the Rockies as a civilian employee on the Bozeman Trail during Red Cloud’s War, adding to his list of narrow escapes. John Hart will talk about the diary written by his ancestor John Benton Hart that he has made available through his newest book, “Bluecoat and Pioneer:  The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868

November 8, 2019 - "Crossing No Mans Land:  The Trench Stalemate and the Birth of Modern Warfare 1915-1918"

In August 1914 all of the great powers of Europe went to war expecting to fight sweeping battles of maneuver, yet, after only four months of fighting the war on the Western Front had settled into a stalemated conflict characterized by trench warfare.  The lecture will focus on why the trench stalemate developed in France and Belgium by the late fall of 1914, how the major combatants tried to break the deadlock, and why, in the end, all of these efforts never truly succeeded in breaking through the trenches.  Dr. Faulkner is an instructor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

December 13, 2019 - "Lindbergh, the Long Eagle"

On May 21, 1927, and 25-year-old aviator named Charles A. Lindbergh flew non-stop from New York to Paris, a feat which made him an international star.  Lindbergh became known as “the Daredevil” during his time working as a barnstormer out of Bird City, Kansas.  Learn about Lindbergh's childhood and background, his training, the airplane that got him there, and his growing resentment towards being a celebrity.  The presentation will be given by Charlie Pautler who managed the Charles A. Lindbergh State Historic Site in Little Falls, Minnesota for 8 years.