Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration & Citizenship in Kansas
Traveling exhibition Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration & Citizenship in Kansas, is open at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum through September 1, 2013, illustrates the paths to citizenship taken by Kansas settlers from around the world over the past 150 years, and personalizes the story of immigration and citizenship – who came, where they came from, why they came to Kansas, and why they chose to become U.S. citizens. It features photographs, documents, quotes, and interactive books describing major laws affecting immigration and naturalization over the past 150 years, the consequences of those laws and how they directly affected the life of a Kansas.
The exhibit was commissioned by the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas to highlight the Court’s role in the naturalization process. A permanent exhibit of the same title is installed at the Robert J. Dole Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. The Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil, Chief Judge, stated, “I speak for every one of the judges on this court when I say that participating in naturalization ceremonies is one of the highlights of our professional life. It helps us reaffirm and refocus ourselves on the values that we hold very dear to our hearts as American citizens.”
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Children under 6 and Museum members are admitted free of charge. For more information , visit our website at www.wichitahistory.org