Tonight at the Kansas Museum of History, Topeka:

Join us for a special Museum After Hours program series, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 14. The programs complement the Kansas Museum of History’s special exhibit, Captured:  The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes, and are held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m., admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum Store will also be open until 6:30 p.m.

Kip Lindberg, director, Chemical Corps Museum, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri presents “The Development of Chemical Warfare.” The First World War saw the implementation of many types of new weapons. However, it was the introduction of poison gas that caught the World’s attention, and has held it for the past century. The program will cover the development of chemical warfare in World War I: why poisonous gas use was initiated, what gases were used and what were their effects, and what is the legacy of chemical warfare 100 years later.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.