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.
Jonathan R. Casey, archivist and Edward Jones Research Center manager, The National World War I Museum and Memorial presents “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Battle of the Somme.” This overview of Tolkien’s war service focuses particularly on the Somme, July through October 1916, and how his war experience may have influenced his literary work, namely The Hobbit and the Lord Of The Rings. The presentation includes images from the World War I Museum’s collections that match passages from the books.
Upcoming Museum After Hours programs
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”