2nd Floor – West Gallery
Why We Collect What We Collect
Material Culture of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas – what does it take for an object to become an artifact in the Museum’s Permanent Collection? Why does it belong in a museum? See what surprising artifacts the Museum has acquired recently.
3rd Floor –Lois Kay Walls Gallery
Art Exhibit: Cecil McAlister, Wichita’s Flag Man
(exhibit closes Sept. 2017)
Best known for his Wichita flag design, artist Cecil McAlister was born in Wichita in 1890. Following the footsteps of his father, a sign painter and decorator. This exhibit features a wide range of work from murals to stage design.
His award-winning Wichita flag design brought him national recognition. Sponsored in 1937 by the American Legion and the Rotary Club, McAlister won $40 for his entry featuring a white sun circle, a blue sun, and red and white stripes, symbolizing the Indian word “Wichita,” which means “scattered lodges.” In a statement to the Wichita Eagle on June 15, 1937, McAlister said, “These stripes running in and out of red and white are symbols of rays of light or ways to come and go, open and free to all.” McAlister’s later work was greatly influenced by his background in large scale graphics, and he became well-known for his interior murals adorning the walls of Wichita homes.
4th Floor – Slawson Gallery
Furnishing the Victorian Era
The Victorian era, the period of Queen Victoria of England’s reign, from 1837 until her death in 1901, was a time of profound change that reverberated worldwide through the power and influence of her empire. Wichita originated during the zenith of the era and Victorian style and design defined its appearance and is exemplified in the Victorian Furniture from the Museum’s Collection.