LIBERAL — The Mid-America Air Museum will open its doors, Saturday, Sept. 22, free of charge as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity, and inclusion.

More than 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

"The Mid-America Air Museum is excited to participate, as our theme for 2019 is 'Women in Aviation' and we are in the planning stages of a new large exhibit for 2019," said Sarah Thompson, marketing specialist in a press release. "This gives us a little push to garner more excitement and involvement from the community. We are actively looking for women to serve on the committee developing our Women in Aviation exhibit.

"We will host an open cockpit event from 9 to 11 a.m.

"Come climb in our PT-19 Cornell and BT-13 Valiant and enjoy a bit of history. The PT-19 and BT-13 were both trainer aircraft that served during World War II.

"These planes were delivered to various bases all over the country by WASPs (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) between 1942-1944. Bring the family and your camera."

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay.

Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at all participating venues on Sept. 22.

One ticket is permitted per email address.

A list of participating museums can be found at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay/Search.

For more information, contact Thompson at 620-624-5263.