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Museum After Hours

An all new virtual Museum After Hours series is available, 6:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month. Watch for changes to Museum After Hours in the New Year. 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. Donations are welcome to help support programming. Past programs are archived on our YouTube channel.

"77,000 Ways to Move a Museum" - Mary W. Madden, Museum Director Emeritus

6:30 p.m. Friday December 9, 2022

In the early 1980s, the Kansas Historical Society’s Museum in Memorial Hall closed in preparation for the opening of exhibits in the “new” Kansas Museum of History. Staff duties included packing boxes, lifting a car out of Memorial Hall’s roof, and moving a steam locomotive through the streets of Topeka to name just a few. As registrar at the time, Mary Madden oversaw moving the artifacts from their downtown location to the western edge of the city. With the current closure of the museum for renovation, it is a good time to look back to see how it all began.

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This program will also stream live on YouTube on the Kansas Historical Society channel.


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

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