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March 30, 2012
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Dr. Walters to Demonstrate Ham Radios, Share Kilby Connection
Barton County Historical Society Hosts Presentation April 28

Great Bend, Kansas - Visitors to the Barton County Historical Society and Village on April 28 will see a special presentation by ham radio enthusiast and physics professor Dr. Donald Walters, whose family has a Kilby connection. During the presentation, where he will provide hands-on demonstrations of yesteryear technology, he will share the story about how his grandfather, Joseph Roy Evans, encouraged a then young Jack Kilby to pursue his passion for science and technology. The presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free to the public.

“The Inspiration - How a Ham Radio Sparked the Internet Age” offers visitors a rare opportunity to view first-hand objects never displayed to the public and hear the story of how a radio shop, at the corner of 12th and Monroe streets in Great Bend, sparked a 20th century technological revolution.  To open this new exhibit, The Barton County Historical Society welcomes Walters, who serves as a physics professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Included in the morning’s events will be a hands-on demonstration of an original calculator and of the 1933 and 1938 Sky Champion Ham Radios, to be displayed at the BCHS.
Dr. Walter’s presentation offers the community and visitors an opportunity to view the actual objects that inspired Jack Kilby to pursue his goal of becoming an engineer and inventor, according to Beverly Komarek, Executive Director of the Society.  “We are grateful to the Evans-Walters Family for sharing their rich legacy with the community, especially when larger museums in our Nation’s Capital had expressed interest in these ham radios and the stories connected to them.”
Following the presentation and demonstrations, there will be a recognition event in honor of the Evans-Walters family starting at 10 a.m. at the Historical Society’s Ray S. Schulz Research Library.  The Barton County Historical Society and Village is located on South Highway 281 at the Arkansas River Bridge in Great Bend. The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of the dedication of “The Gift” being held later that evening at Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend. Find out more information about Jack Kilby and the celebration at

View Dr. Donald Walters biography
Kilby Dedication Set for April 28