Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Mary Madden

Armistice Day Commemoration at the Kansas Museum of History

Armistice Day Commemoration
11 a.m. Sunday, November 11, 2018
Kansas Museum of History · Topeka

Mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I with the Kansas Historical Society. In memory of those who lost their lives in the Great War, the bell at Stach School on our grounds will toll. ...read more

Colonel James C. Hughes: The Full Story

In recognition of the anniversary of World War I, the Kansas Museum of History created a special exhibit about a Topekan who experienced both world wars. Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes has been extended through May 2018.

Hughes’ story is both common and exceptional.  He was born in Topeka in 1888. The timing of his birth, the influence of his military father, and the impact of world politics shaped his life. He began his service as a member of the Kansas National Guard and was sent to the Texas border with the American Expeditionary Forces in 1916.  As a member of the U.S. Army he served from 1917 to 1948 and fought in both world wars. He left many detailed records of his time in service.  He photographed battlefields and towns in Europe, recorded his daily survival as a Japanese Prisoner of War (POW), and saved many belongings from the wars that were later donated to this museum.  In essence, he captured his life. ...read more

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