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Join Landry Brewer as he takes us on a journey to underground missile silos and fallout shelters. He’ll discuss how Kansas played an outsized role in the Cold War and featured prominently in nuclear deterrence and national defense. He’ll also share about Salina’s involvement in and response to the Cold War during the conflict’s most dangerous years. Brewer is the author of Cold War Kansas, available in the Museum Store, and the Bernhardt Assistant Professor of History at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Enjoy a free Zoom presentation about Cold War Kansas from the comfort of your own home on Thursday, February 4, 5:30-6:30p.

The Smoky Hill Museum announces a new date for the 1950s Film Series, now scheduled for Tuesday, February 9 at the Salina Art Center Cinema.

The Film Series, sponsored by Heritage Real Estate Advisors and the Ellsworth Independent-Reporter newspaper, features the 1956 Oscar-winning film "Picnic," filmed largely in Salina and other Kansas communities. It stars Kim Novak, William Holden and Rosalind Russell in the story of Hal, a handsome drifter who stirs up conflict and romance when he comes to town over Labor Day weekend.

The Museum is handing out craft kits for make-at-home fun. Craft kits may be picked up starting Saturday, December 5 through Saturday, December 19, during regular Museum hours. Craft kits are free.

In light of the Saline County Public Health Order, there will be a limit to the number of people entering the Museum. Reservations, made through the Museum website or via phone are highly recommended to guarantee entrance times. Reservations can also be made on-site at the Museum, but there may be a waiting period.

Gorgeous, nursery-grown poinsettias, available in six vibrant shades for 2020, brighten your holiday décor and are easy and affordable to share. Fresh, lush greenery wreaths made at BEL Tree Farm are available in three sizes.

The Smoky Hill Museum is having a special Zoom presentation on November 5 at 5:30 p.m. about the July 1958 Wichita Dockum Drugstore sit-in. Send your email to to reserve your place.

When the Smoky Hill Museum reopens to the public on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, visitors will be able to see the new exhibit The 1950s Part 2: Beyond the American Dream.  Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Smoky Hill Museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Temporary reduced hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.