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Museum After Hours

Museum After Hours has changed days! You will now find us live on the second Wednesday of each month.

An all new virtual Museum After Hours series is available, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The programs are free and offered at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. 

Register for virtual Museum After Hours programs using the links below. 100-person limit. Programs also stream live on YouTube on the Kansas Historical Society channel.  These programs are free. Past programs are archived on our YouTube channel.

“The Monster’s Bones: How the Discovery of T Rex Changed Our Culture” - David K. Randall, author

6:30 p.m. Wednesday February 8, 2023

In the dust of the Gilded Age Bone Wars, two men emerge with a mission to fill the empty halls of the American Museum of Natural History. Kansas-born paleontologist Barnum Brown was one of these men.  Brown helped bring dinosaurs into popular culture through a life of fossil hunting, and, when he unearthed the first T Rex fossil, he forever changed the world of paleontology. In The Monster’s Bones, David K. Randall reveals how a monster of a bygone era ignited a new understanding of our planet and our place within it.

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The program will be streamed on the Kansas Historical Society's YouTube channel.


“The Kansas Press: The Fourth Estate in the Heart of America” - Jeremiah Ariaz, photographer and author

6:30 p.m. Wednesday March 8, 2023

Seeking to visualize democracy in the U.S., Jeremiah Ariaz returned to his home state of Kansas to photograph small town newspaper offices. His photographs celebrate the civic function, labor, and technology at the heart of local newspapers’ production. These newspapers play a critical role in our shared democracy. As our personal, social, and political lives are marked by increasing division, driven largely by national voices, Ariaz seeks to honor these local newspapers and the individuals who steward them.

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The program will be streamed on the Kansas Historical Society's YouTube channel.


"James Montgomery: Abolitionist Warrior" - Robert C. Conner, author

6:30 p.m. Wednesday April 12, 2023

James Montgomery, a key player in the Kansas Territory free-state movement, went on to command Union troops during the Civil War. With the assistance of Harriet Tubman, African American troops under the command of Montgomery took part in the 1863 Combahee River raid, which freed almost 800 slaves from South Carolina plantations. While much of his Civil War service lay in the South, Montgomery also commanded Kansas troops in Kansas and Missouri in 1861-62 and the 1864 Battle of Westport. Author Robert C. Conner examines how the life and actions of James Montgomery helped contribute to the abolition of slavery.

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The program will be streamed on the Kansas Historical Society's YouTube channel.


Many Museum After Hours programs have been recorded and are available through the Kansas Historical Society's YouTube channel.

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