Discover What Kansans Endured During World War II

Call of Duty, an exhibit dedicated to the men and women who answered the call to serve during World War II, opens at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery Nov. 4, in conjunction with the city’s First Friday ArtWalk.

“This exhibit provides a perfect opportunity to understand what your parents, or more likely grandparents, went through during the war years,” said Zan Popp, exhibit curator. “Learn about Kansas’ contributions to the war effort, both at home and on the front lines.”

Gallery staff will recreate a USO experience during the Gallery Canteen Nov. 9, providing donuts and coffee starting at 11am. Come back for a USO Swing Dance Dec. 2 at 6pm in the rotunda and music provided by the Topeka Big Band.

View timelines of the European and Pacific theaters along with what was happening back home in Kansas. The exhibit features various items from military uniforms and artillery shells to advertisements and art by local artists Jim Brothers and Roger Shimomura. Inside the exhibit, you can sit and listen to a radio broadcast of Franklin Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Day speech. Leave your remembrances and take the time to write to troops currently stationed overseas.

We’re also collecting “Comfort Kits” at the library for the Kansas Red Cross. Learn more that drive and the Call of Duty exhibit by clicking on this link.

This exhibit is part of the community’s commemoration for Kansas’ 150th and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.                               

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