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10/3/2016 - Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK


Program Information:
Nona Miller, Education Coordinator
Phone: 785-309-5776 (day)

General Information:
Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785-309-5776 (day) or 785-825-6306 (evening)


Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK

Event Title: Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK, a First Thursday Presentation

Date: October 6, 2016
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron, Salina, KS 67401

The Smoky Hill Museum is putting on a two part series for its October and November First Thursdays. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. 

During the 1930s, Ma Barker and Pretty Boy Floyd shot their way across the state, and sightings of Bonnie & Clyde were common. Banks, people and livestock weren’t safe and people wanted a change. Starting October 6, 5:30-6:30 pm, author Larry Welch will outline the birth of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as well as some of its early history.

Then on November 3, 5:30-6:30 pm, Larry Welch delves into some of the famous characters, cases and crime catching procedures of the KBI. Throughout the years, the KBI has investigated the infamous, proven the convicted innocent, hunted fugitives and more. Learn how the KBI has kept up with the evolution of Kansas crime.

Author Larry Welch directed the KBI from 1994 until 2007 and served in the FBI from 1961 until 1986. His writings have appeared in numerous publications. Welch will sign copies of his book, a Kansas Notable Book, after each presentation. These presentations are not appropriate for children junior high aged or younger.

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.