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Blue Moon at the Museum! – April 30, 7:00-10:00 PM

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will hold its seventh annual “Blue Moon at the Museum” party, transforming the Museum into the original Blue Moon Nightclub, which was located on South Oliver during the 1940s and 1950s. The club was a … 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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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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Special Exhibit: “MEMBERS ONLY” Embroidered Club and Affiliation Wear – Showing July 2nd through August 2015

1st Floor Windows on Collections – Recent additions to the Museum’s Collection “MEMBERS ONLY” Embroidered Club and Affiliation Wear Embroidery, the art of working raised designs in threads upon any fabric with a needle, has been in use for thousands … Continue reading

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Historical Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to … Continue reading

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Special Exhibit Opening: “Victorian Mourning Traditions – Home Funeral” – May 19th through May 31st

In solemn reflection, the parlor inside the Museum’s seven room Victorian Cottage is transformed to depict the scene of a typical Wichita Funeral Home of a century ago. During the 19th century, America adopted the mourning customs of England. The … Continue reading

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Special Program: Major General John Sedgwick Presented by Ken Spurgeon – May 16th at 2:00 PM

Join us for a special program examining the hero for whom our County is named: Major General John Sedgwick. Ken Spurgeon, historian, educator and filmmaker, will be presenting an illustrated lecture in the Museum’s DeVore Auditorium. In the late 19th … Continue reading

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Special Exhibit: “Mod Rags from Teensville” – On exhibit through May 15th

On view at the Main Street Entrance of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Teenage Style of the 1960’s The years following World War II gave rise to a new level of affluence for American youth. With unprecedented buying power teenagers … Continue reading

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