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Senior Wednesday

June 22nd 10-11am

Architecture of the People’s Houses with Murl Reidel
Kansas has 105 county courthouses and hundreds of city halls, plus a few more state capitols than you might expect. The manifestation of the greatest ideals occurs in these buildings, where the work of the people’s democracy is in action. The designs of these buildings tell us about the evolution of local government in the state. Larger societal issues, such as the Free State and the Civil Rights movements, can also be examined through the architecture of place. Some resemble Greek and Roman temples of democratic ideals while others convey the Victorian notions of civility. Still others are nondescript storefronts. Regardless of scale and beauty, these buildings represent symbols of our shared values and convey much about our communities.
Presented by Murl Riedel. Murl is a fiscal analyst and retired major from the Kansas Army National Guard.
“Architecture of the People’s Houses” is part of Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.


Admission for non-members is $ 2.00 (free to members) – reservations are encouraged: 316-265-9314 or tours@wichitahistory.org

Tour of the Civics & Government/Mayor’s Office Exhibit

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Fourth Wednesday Mornings at the Museum
Sponsored by generous funding through The Trust Company of Kansas and by
Mickey Armstrong, hosted by WHiMS. Doors open at 9:45 a.m., program screens
at 10 a.m. Tours follow at 11 a.m.