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WICHITA-SEDGWICK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2016 ESSAY CONTEST

Theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in Local History Sponsored by the DeVore Family Foundation. One winner will be selected from each of the following grade levels: Grades 6 – 8:  First Place $250 Grades 9 – 12:  First Place $250 Contest … Continue reading

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Guitar Exhibits at the Historical Museum & Exploration Place!

The Historical Museum is partnering with Exploration Place to celebrate the guitar January 30 – June 5, 2016! Featured at the Historical Museum is The Electric Guitar – Wichita’s Instrument. The electric guitar may have been born in Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Heritage Square Opening Soon

Heritage Square will open to Museum visitors during regular hours, weather permitting. The Square was created in 1975 when the central police station was razed and the old City Hall renovated for the Historical Museum. Wichita Junior League created Heritage … Continue reading

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2015 Wreath Festival

The Annual Holiday Wreath Festival will be held on Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Wreath Festival will feature wreaths, holiday gifts of all kinds, delicious baked goods, festive music, and special … Continue reading

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HELD OVER THRU OCT. 25 – “Spirited: Prohibition in America”

During the era of Prohibition, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. A new exhibit, Spirited: Prohibition in America, on view September 1st – October 20th at the Historical Museum, explores this tumultuous time … Continue reading

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Kansas Brewers & Breweries – October 17th with Cindy Higgins

Join us on Saturday, October 17 at  2pm for a program on Kansas brewers and breweries! As settlers streamed into Kansas, brewers set up their mash tuns and wort kettles when making beer was still an art and state prohibition … Continue reading

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“Bootlegging in Wichta” by Pat O’Connor – Sat. Sept. 26th 2pm

In 1922, Wichitans consumed over two hundred gallons of bootlegged liquor each day and spent over $2 million a year to do so. Illicit liquor could be obtained in all economic strata, from the Ideal Shining Parlor to the (members … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Museum Day Live! September 26, 2015

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day … Continue reading

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Special Exhibit Opening September 1st: “Spirited: Prohibition in America”

During the era of Prohibition, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. A new exhibit, Spirited: Prohibition in America, on view September 1st – October 20th at the Historical Museum, explores this tumultuous time … Continue reading

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Special Art Exhibit: George Bellis

George F. Bellis (1865 – 1956) worked from Wichita as an artist for many years until his death in 1956. His introduction to Wichita at the turn of the century was through an assignment to create stage sets for use … Continue reading

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