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Reopening Plans Announced For Kansas Capitol Visitor Center & Kansas Museum of History

TOPEKA –The Kansas Historical Society announced reopening plans for the Kansas State Capitol and the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka effective in June.

“We are so pleased to welcome Kansans back to all of our sites,” said Jennie Chinn, executive director, Kansas Historical Society. “We are excited to be able to share the state’s rich history with our visitors this summer. Kansans can explore the history of public health, journalism, railroads, Civil War, and trails, to name a few. We are reminded every day just how important Kansas history continues to be through guiding our present and future.”

The Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, effective June 1. Some restrictions may apply. Self-guided tours will be available along with limited guided historic tours for groups with prior request. Dome tours will not be offered at this time. The Capitol Store will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Kansas Museum of History will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, effective June 2. Some restrictions may apply. Guided tours will be available for groups with prior request. The Discovery Place will not be available at this time. The Museum Store will be open the same hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. The Kansas Museum of History features the special exhibit, Upward to Equality: Kansas Women Fight to Vote. Recently reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum tells the story of Kansas. Highlights include Santa Fe Railway’s oldest surviving locomotive, a version of the first Kansas-made airplane to successfully fly, and the printing press that published William Allen White’s “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” editorial.

The Kansas State Archives is open by appointment and to walk-ins as space allows, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday. The archives will be open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month effective in June.

The Kansas State Historic Sites are open for the season. This includes sites in or near Emporia, Fairway, Fort Riley, Hanover, Hays, Kansas City, Lecompton, Manhattan, Pawnee Rock, Pleasanton, Republic, and Studley. Find more information about the sites, hours, and locations online at kshs.org.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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