Museum of the Kansas National Guard - Topeka, Kansas
The Museum of the Kansas National Guard in Topeka, Kansas is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Kansas National Guard and honoring the memories of the soldiers and airmen who have served Kansas and the United States. The Kansas Territorial Militia, was formed on August 30, 1855 and was organized into the Kansas National Guard when Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861.
Located near the main entrance to Forbes Field, the free museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. Exhibits include uniforms, weapons and the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame.
In 2010, the Kansas National Guard Museum added a new addition which features an exhibit on the 35th Infantry Division, a new education center and a research library. The new exhibit honors the 93 year history of the 35th Division which is based at Fort Leavenworth and earned three battle streamers during World War I and five more during World War II. There are also pictures from the division's recent duty in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Many of the exhibits at the museum are on the grounds surrounding the museum. They include vehicles, aircraft and field weapons such as an M60 tank previously used by the Kansas Army National Guard and an 8 inch self propelled howitzer which is capable of firing Nuclear rounds.
The Museum of the Kansas National Guard is located less than a mile from the Combat Air Mueum.
copyright 2010 by Keith Stokes