Free Exhibit Lectures

Go beyond the Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One exhibit with local experts. Each free lecture covers a unique military topic for the one-hundred-year history of the 1st Infantry Division and takes place at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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Thursday, October 19, 6:30-7:30pm



Tales and Recipes from Fort Riley's Historic Community Cookbooks

by Jane Marshall

Come learn about the favorite foods and the stories they tell about the historic Fort Riley community from food historian and writer Jane P. Marshall. She will explore the role the cookbooks play in revealing and appreciating the large and diverse military family. Handouts with some of the most unusual and iconic recipes will be available for attendees.

Jane P. Marshall, author of the award-winning “Teatime to Tailgates,” was a reporter and editor at several major newspapers in Colorado and Texas. She taught food writing and food history at K-State until her retirement this year. Marshall grew up on a farm in Chase County where she maintains a Flint Hills limestone home built by her ancestors in 1881.

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Thursday, November 2, 6:30-7:30pm



The Enemy Among Us: German POWs in the Flint Hills

by Lowell May

Hear the fascinating story of German POWs sent to the far corners of Kansas and the farmers and ranchers who suddenly found the enemy living and even working in their own backyard. This talk will focus on the general experience of POWs in Kansas with specific examples from the POW camp at Lake Wabaunsee in the Flint Hills.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Lowell May is a military historian and member of the Fort Riley Vintage Military Vehicle Club. He is co-author of Prisoners of War in Kansas 1943-1946.

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Thursday, November 16, 6:30-7:30



Willie and Joe at the Front with Jane Close Behind: Outfitting an Army for War 1939-1945

by Marla Day and Barry Michie

In 1939, the US Army had about 174,000 personnel with uniforms, gear, and equipment of WWI design. With the US entry into WWII, there would soon be over 11 million service men and women. Learn how this explosive growth necessitated a reevaluation of what to produce in order to clothe, equip, and protect personnel in a variety of circumstances across theaters of operation - from front lines to support units. Representative samples from the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum showing this evolution of uniforms and gear throughout the war for both men and women will be featured in the lecture.