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For Home and Country: Reno County in the Great War Opening

Date: April 6, 2017, 5:30 PM
Venue: Reno County Museum - 100 S. Walnut
Sponsor: Reno County Museum

The Event:

Reno County Museum, Hutchinson, KS – The Reno County Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, “For Home and Country: Reno County in the Great War.” This illuminating exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. “For Home and Country” will explore Reno County’s activities leading up to, during, and at the close of the WWI. The exhibit will be comprised of items used by Reno Countians who went overseas into the fray of battle, including many uniforms, equipment, and documents. Of special note, items that will be on display will be a German Mauser C96 automatic pistol, stahlhelm (steel helmet), and stirnpanzer (armor plate). Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to view three-dimensional images of WWI reproduced from the museum’s collection. As visitors proceed through the exhibit, they will be treated to an exclusive recording of Reno County’s own “Khaki Bill,” a march written in 1917, by local Hutchinson Band member Harry Watson, specifically to send off our Reno County boys. Stage 9’s Producing Artistic Director Charles Johnston and pianist Rochelle Calhoun have graciously lent their artistic talents to bring this special music to life 100 years after it was written. A welcoming event open to both the general public and Reno County Historical Society members will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Members and friends of the museum will be admitted by invitation only to a special “War Room,” while the general public will be allowed a preview of the exhibit. Members will be treated to special commemorative World War 1 souvenir tokens, some of which have been generously donated by the Lysle Rishel American Legion Post No. 68. The “War Room” will be held in the museum’s second floor Houston Whiteside conference Room. The Hutchinson Brass Quintet will also be performing marches and patriotic musical selections throughout the evening. Both the public and members will be served light refreshments. Additionally, nine of the bridge markers honoring Hutchinson’s WWI fallen, originally located at bridges around Hutchinson, will be temporarily moved to the entrance of the Reno County Museum to help kick off the exhibit opening. James Dull, City Superintendent for Hutchinson, his staff, as well as Dale Evans and Andrew Evans of Wagner Memorials have contributed their efforts in relocating the markers to the Reno County Museum courtyard entrance. The bridge markers will make their home at the entrance to the museum for six months to one year before eventually being incorporated into the Veteran’s Memorial currently being constructed in South Hutchinson. In conjunction with the “For Home and Country” exhibit, as a separate event, this year’s “Hello Dolly!” program at the museum will feature special reproductions of 1917 World War I paper dolls from the museum’s collection. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy seeing and using these highly detailed period paper dolls. Participants will be able to take their souvenir set of these dolls home. The “Hello Dolly!” event will take place on Third Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for either the opening night event or the “Hello Dolly!” event; however, only members of the Reno County Historical Society will be admitted into the “War Room.” The Reno County Museum is located at 100 South Walnut (at the corner of Avenue A and Walnut Street), Hutchinson. Please contact Curator Lynn Ledeboer at lynn@renocomuseum.org or call the museum at 620-662-1184 for additional information.
For more information contact Katie Broker
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