METAL to the PEDAL — Vintage Pedal Cars

50 Years of American Pedal Cars Children’s toys hold a place amongst the most ancient artifacts. They typically mirror the adult world children aspire to and often teach children how to look forward to life as a grown-up. The pedal car holds a unique position in the history of toys.

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New Exhibition Coming Soon: Genevieve Frickel

THE ARTISTIC LIFE  and WORK of GENEVIEVE FRICKEL FIRST FRIDAY OPENING — AUGUST 7th 5-7 pm Genevieve Ingram Frickel (1900-1985) was an independent visual artist and remarkable figure in the local art and culture scene of mid-century Wichita. Frickel led the Art Department at the Wichita School of Fine Arts

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80th Anniversary Exhibit

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Museum and celebrates its work to collect, preserve and educate through the interpretation of our local history. Over the years the Museum has featured an encyclopedic range of exhibits telling stories using artifacts – material culture bearing tangible evidence of the past. Accredited by

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Prairie Print Makers of Wichita

When the Prairie Print Makers organized in 1930 “to further the interest of both artist and laymen in printmaking and collecting” they followed a tradition of print societies established in the nineteenth century to promote fine art and cultivate patronage. From a charter membership of ten, including a large contingent

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PAST Guitar Exhibits at the Historical Museum and Exploration Place

The Historical Museum partnered with Exploration Place! January- May 2016 Featured at the Historical Museum was The Electric Guitar – Wichita’s Instrument. The electric guitar may have been born in Los Angeles, California, but it was launched from Wichita (that’s right – Wichita!) in October of 1932. The Historical Museum

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The Spirit of Wichita

“The Spirit of Wichita” examines our local history during the early 20th Century, from 1912 to 1939. This long-term exhibit explores the aircraft industry, the oil industry, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the World War I, the period’s cultural arts, entertainment and technology. Capture the spirit of Wichita through

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Fred Wassall- Midwestern Mystic

April 2018 – April 2019 The art of Fred Wassall was the focus of an exhibit at the Historical Museum in the Lois Kay Walls Gallery.  Born in Birmingham, England in 1904, Wassall studied at the Brighton School of Art before immigrating to the United States in 1926, settling in

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Toys of the Future

September 2018 – January 2019 Toys follow tools as the earliest known artifacts.  Essentially the world in miniature created for the amusement of children, toys are fun, yet they exert an influential force upon the present. In our time, the nature of “the toy” has not changed nearly as much as the

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Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives

A traveling exhibition on view:  June 16 – August 11, 2018 Created by the Museum of the City of New York and adapted to tour for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.  Visitors to the exhibition will experience a Riis presentation–immersive life-size photographs, as well as artifacts and personal documentation.

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Cecil McAlister

April 2016 – March 2017 Born in Wichita in 1890, Cecil McAlister found employment as a young man at the Western Sign Works Company, notably designing a flour milling exhibit at the 1915 International Wheat Show held at the Forum. After leaving the city in 1918 to study art in

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