Local Events: WWI Exhibit and Germanfest

As May comes to a close and June begins, our local event calendar highlights history and culture events. At the Kansas Museum of History, a new exhibit commemorating World War I opens. At Sacred Heart Catholic Church, all things German will be celebrated at Germanfest.

Each of these events provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history and cultures of our world, and the Library has plenty of resources to help you continue that experience at home.

Military Historycaptured exhibit

  • Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes Exhibit Opening
  • Saturday, May 28th; 10 am – 4 pm
  • Kansas Museum of History
  • Many of the activities are free; Active Military and their families will receive free Museum Admission. Regular museum admission is $8; $7 for seniors, $6 for students, and children under 5 are free.

Kansas Museum of History honors all soldiers past and present with the next special exhibit, Captured: the Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of World War I. As part of the exhibit opening, families are invited to participate in a day of activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Michelle Kauffman, a member of Colonel Hughes’ family, will present a talk about his experiences at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Museum classrooms.

The History Lab will offer special collecting activities and provide tips to access veterans’ military and war records.

Other event highlights include:

  • 35th Division Military Band, 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Artillery equipment from the Kansas Army National Guard
  • Climbing wall
  • Obstacle course
  • Food trucks, including Taqueria Mexico Lindo; Hot Dog Dude; and Churn of the Century

We would like to thank the 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Kansas National Guard, for providing assistance with this event. For more information, visit kshs.org/museum

Extend the Experience

Colonel Hughes and other soldiers who fought in World War I are no longer around to tell us their stories directly, but we can still listen to recordings of their voices on documentaries like The Last Voices of World War I: A Generation Lost. You can also learn more about life during both World Wars with books and DVDs like the ones below.


  • Germanfest
  • Saturday June 4th, 4 – 11 pm; Sunday, June 5th 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sacred Heart – St. Joseph Parish, 312 NE Freeman Ave
  • Admission: Free. Food, souvenirs, handicrafts, souvenirs and other items will be available for purchase

Germanfest is a celebration of German heritage at Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Parish in Topeka, KS. Come join us for authentic German food and music, contests, auctions, drawings, games, inflatables, and much more!

Shuttle rides will be available from the satellite parking at the North end of BNSF parking lot to the Sacred Heart Church grounds on Saturday 3-4 & 5-11 pm; & Sunday 10 am-5 pm.
Germanfest is open to the entire community (not just those stubborn Germans!). We hope to see you there!

Extend the Experience

german kitchenAfter experiencing the great German food, beer, music, and dancing at Germanfest check out some of our our books and DVD’s on German culture, cooking, and history. A good one to start with is The German Kitchen by Christopher Knuth. See the list below for more German cookbooks, German music, and other aspects of German culture.

Viel Spaß!  (That means “have fun!” in German)

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