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Wichita, Kansas
Bringing World-Class Exhibitions to Wichita
Musicians perform at the opening of Spirited: Prohibition in America. The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has hosted four such NEH on the Road exhibitions. Image courtesy of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

Founded in 1939, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum collects and interprets local history through core exhibitions that showcase the period from 1865 to 1939. Since 2012, the museum has brought four NEH on the Road exhibitions to Wichita. NEH on the Road curates smaller versions of world-class exhibitions, originally funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. These exhibitions then travel the country, reaching people in rural areas and small and mid-sized cities. The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has hosted Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation; House and Home; Spirited: Prohibition in America; and, most recently Jacob Riis. By hosting NEH on the Road exhibitions, the museum has reached new audiences, developed popular community programming, and expanded the capacity of its staff.

“The program has given us the ability to stretch beyond our mission and show our community how local history intersects with the wider world.”

–Jami Frazier Tracy, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

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