The 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.
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