Friends and colleagues of mine were  responsible for creating what the Reno County Museum in Hutchinson is today.  It was back in December 1986 when the Museum opened in its current facility and gave Reno County one of the better local historical societies in the state.

The friends have long since moved on, but it’s good to see that the Museum is still doing timely exhibits with the opening of “For Home and Country:  Reno County in the Great War,” which just opened April 6th.  Read all about it here:


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.