The National World War I Museum and Memorial has often offered talks on both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, including showing Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. With Jim’s previous post on the new Tolkien movie, it seems appropriate to follow it up with the announcement of a talk with the above title coming up at the Museum:

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War Celebrate International Tolkien Reading Day with Dr. Joseph Loconte, author of TheNew York Times best-selling A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 for a discussion on how both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis’ experiences in the trenches inspired their epic stories, changing the course of literature. Presented in partnership with the Tolkien Society of Kansas City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a reception. Book sales available before and after the lecture. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium and Lobby

Event details: March 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m

Please go the the Museum’s website to reserve your place at this free talk:

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.