Join us for a special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. 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. The Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m., admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open until 6:30 p.m.
Stacie Petersen presents "A Final Goodbye: Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages 1929-1933"
Shortly after Americans landed in France during World War I the U.S. War Department organized the Graves Registration Service. Soldiers who died in combat were buried as soon as possible by their units. Great care was taken to ensure that the graves were properly marked. Some were reburied in American military cemeteries in Europe or shipped back to the U.S. The Gold Star Mothers' Association in 1920 lobbied for a federally sponsored pilgrimage to Europe for mothers with sons buried overseas. Petersen delves into the story of the foreign American cemeteries and the mothers' pilgrimage to visit their fallen. While at the program, take an opportunity to view the Captured exhibit, which closes May 27.