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! 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 has received international

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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

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

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Toys of the Future

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 world has. In the modern

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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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