Join the Kansas State Historical Society for a special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Friday. The programs complement the Kansas Museum of History’s special exhibit, Captured:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and are held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Matt Thompson, independent public historian and former registrar, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum presents “From Fatherland to Farmland:  German POWs in the Great Plains.” During World War II many German prisoners found themselves performing agricultural labor in states like Kansas, where they also developed a significant, albeit unofficial, cultural dialogue with the American citizens who lived nearby. The presentation addresses some of the political, social, and economic factors that led to such arrangements and offers some analysis of their longer term consequences.

Upcoming Museum After Hours programs

September 9, 2016 – “Do Your Bit—Knit!”
October 14, 2016 – “World War I Memorials and Monuments”
November 18, 2016 – “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Battle of the Somme”
December 9, 2016 – “Toy Soldiers and Baby Dolls: Toys of the War Years”
January 13, 2017 – “The U.S. Doughboy Over There”
February 10, 2017 – “Make Way for Democracy!”
March 10, 2017 – “A Kansas Nurse in the B.E.F., 1918”
April 14, 2017 – “The Development of Chemical Warfare”
May 12, 2017 – “Serving America While Serving Time”
June 9, 2017 – “Doughboys and Doughnut Girls: The Salvation Army and WWI”

6:30 – 8 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016

Adrienne Landry Dunavin is a member of the Kansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee and is the primary administrator of She worked at the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies as their Outreach Coordinator from 2010-2016. During that time she served on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration Working Group. She continues to volunteer as a representative for CREES and KU WWI on this blog.