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McPeherson College’s ‘Wheels of Change’ discusses the Great War on July 23rd

McPherson Colleges' online session on Thursday, July 23 at noon CDT is titled “The Great War – Industrial pacifism, mobilization, and mechanization.”

McPHERSON, KAN. – Join McPherson College “Wheels of Change: How the Automobile Shaped Our Lives,” a six-week summer experience that explores the people, innovations, and art of the automotive industry. This week’s session on Thursday, July 23 at noon CDT is titled “The Great War – Industrial pacifism, mobilization, and mechanization.” with special guest Casey Maxon, heritage specialist with the Historic Vehicle Association.

Casey Maxon

Casey Maxon

After graduating from McPherson College with a degree in Historic Automotive Restoration in 2013, Maxon joined the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) and helped establish the National Historic Vehicle Register program with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Library of Congress. Maxon manages documentation, photography, historic research, documentary production, and the HVA’s archive and library. Additionally, he helps curate the HVA’s annual historic vehicle exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Professor Ken Yohn, chair of McPherson College’s Department of History and Politics, serves as host and instructor for the webinar. For more than 20 years, Professor Yohn has taught courses on the social history of the automobile at McPherson College and has led student study trips to Europe and South America.

Each week on Zoom, Wheels Change will focus on fascinating topics from the advent of the automobile to its impact on war, globalization, and design. There is no cost for the series but space is limited and registration is required for each session. For more details about the series or to register go to

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The McPherson College Automotive Restoration program began in 1976. It has evolved into the only award-winning four-year bachelor’s degree program for automotive restoration technology in the country. The program offers student experience outside of the classroom at some of the most prestigious car events in the United States, like Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the program was featured in a spotlight on Fox Business. The college also has a growing alumni base who work in all facets of the car collecting world including Hagerty, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Historic Vehicle Association, RM Sotheby’s, in their own shops, at museums, and private collections. Learn more about the program at

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