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Captured - The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes

The Kansas Historical Society has produced a comprehensive exhibit about a Topeka resident born in 1888 who fought in WWI and WWII. Learn more about Colonel Hughes from now until May 27th, 2018 at the Kansas Museum of history in Topeka or online.

The Kansas State Historical Society Website reports eighty thousand Kansans served in World War I and two hundred and twenty-seven thousand served in World War II. The museum pays tribute to all Kansas military members past and present in their Museum of History exhibit titled Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes. If you happen to be venturing to the Northeast part of the state, it is well worth the time to visit the museum where you will be able to see the following:

  • Uniform he wore as a member of the 130th Field Artillery in the Kansas National Guard
  • Photographs of France, Germany, and Belgium he took in 1919 as part of the 35th Division’s Army of Occupation
  • Many photographs of the same locations taken in 2000
  • Heavily patched pants he wore in four Japanese POW camps
  • Red Cross items he brought home after 41 months as a POW
  • Entries from his daily POW diary

Can’t make it to the Topeka area, no problem, click on this link to see the exhibit online.

The Museum is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka KS 66615. For more information you can contact a museum staff member at 785-272-8681.

*Photo and information courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society*