What to Wear? (2011 Exhibit)

What to Wear (1)








What to WearThe history of Kansas stretches across its landscape.  Crossed by historic trails, railroads and highways, the state is grounded in its farms and ranches, its towns and cities and its businesses and institutions.  But the story of statehood has been written by the people of Kansas.

Clothing is uniquely capable of reflecting history, and the artifacts of apparel exhibited here teach us much of Kansas’ 150 years of statehood and serve to celebrate the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Clothing is suited to the function of the wearer and designed to meet physical demands or make a statement – often both. In so doing, clothing holds many clues about the culture from which it originates. Many of these garments offer very personal stories.

Anniversaries such as the Chisholm Trail Jubilee (1947), The Territorial Centennial (1954), the State Centennial (1961) and the Wichita Centennial (1970), have served as major public celebrations.  Celebrating anniversaries, from birthdays to sesquicentennials, gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past and dream of the future.

What to Wear (2)Local History Timeline as featured on the Museum’s Sesquicentennial  Bookmark:

1861 – January 29th Kansas becomes the 34th State

1861 – Civil War begins April 12th

1865 – Civil War ends

1865 – 1879 Kansas attracts most post-war immigrants including veterans and Exodusters

1865 – Treaty of the Little Arkansas – Native Americans relocation

1870 – Wichita and Sedgwick County are incorporated

1872 – 1877 – Cattle Era for Wichita

1880s – Wichita becomes the fastest growing city in USA

1890s – Syrian (Lebanese) immigration increases dramatically

1900 – Carry Nation protests for prohibition

1910 – Mexican immigration increases dramatically

1911 – The first Airplanes arrive for Walnut Grove Air Meet

1912 – Kansas women’s suffrage Amendment to the State Constitution is ratified realizing their right to vote.

1912 – 1918 – The Jones Automobile Company produces thousands of vehicles in Wichita

1918 – Local oil development leads to enhanced prosperity

1920’s – Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and others begin building aircraft

1921 – The modern concept of fast food introduced to the world by “White Castle”

1922 – Wichita’s first commercial radio station KFH broadcasts

1927 – Wichita becomes known as the “Air Capital of the World”

1929 – Stock market crash ushers in the Great Depression

1932 – Electric guitar introduced to the world from Wichita by Gage Brewer

1936 – Kansas Diamond Jubilee

1939 – The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum established

1941 – United States enters World War II (1939 – 1945); Wichita is transformed by round the clock wartime production of aircraft.

1947 – The Chisholm Trail Jubilee is celebrated

1953 – 1961 – Kansan Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes President of the United States

1954 – The Kansas Territorial Centennial Celebrated

1954 – Brown vs. Board of Education (Topeka, KS) initiates equality in education

1958 – The first successful sit-in for desegregation in the Nation occurs at the Dockum Drugstore Lunch Counter

1958 – The first Pizza Hut is opened by Wichita’s Carney brothers

1961 – The Kansas Centennial is celebrated

1963 – Bill Lear begins production of the Lear Jet in Wichita.

1970 – The Wichita Centennial (Wichitennial) is celebrated

1969 – Moon Landing

1977 – Immigration from South East Asia increases dramatically

1980 – Museum relocates to the Old City Hall

2011 – The Kansas Sesquicentennial is celebrated

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