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    Kansas Museum of HistoryKansas Museum of History Topeka, Kansas
    The Kansas Museum of History is located in Topeka, Kansas and is the state history museum that provides the state's history from the prehistoric to the modern day in 30,000 square feet, that features a train, that includes the locomotive and two cars from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, a 1950s style diner and full sized tipi of the Southern Cheyenne style and other big exhibits. A few of the main topics houses here include the Native American tribal history, Popularism during the turn of the century, early settlers, the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War eras, and the westward movement on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Other significant exhibits include; John Brown's pike, Dwight D. Eisenhower's WWII field jacket, William Quantrill's flag, William Allen White's printing press and Carrie A. Nation's hammer. This unique museum also houses the biggest collections of Civil War flags from African American regiments, with one of the flags always being shown in the main gallery. The museum is a division of the Kansas Historical Society that was founded in 1875 by state newspaper editors and publishers, with its first home in the state capitol building. The museum structure today, was constructed in the 1980s, to preserve the society's object collections and displays, that opened on 80 acres in 1984 near the historic Potawatomi Mission, and also contains a museum store, labs for conservation and exhibit making and classrooms. Their most popular programs include the changing exhibits schedule, the Cool things section of the website and the Cool things podcast.

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    Mulvane Art MuseumMulvane Art Museum Topeka, Kansas
    The Washburn University's Mulvane Art Museum is housed in Topeka, Kansas, with one of the simplest and straight forward missions ever stated, and simply put; to keep art in people's lives. This means that visitors can have free access to these outstanding exhibitions of regional, national and international artists, provide an art education and resource to the region's teachers, students and adults, and the marvelous ArtLab where you can begin a journey into your own artistic creations that just may change your life. Joab R. Mulvane would come to Kansas in 1876 and become one of the most successful Kansan of his time. His interests would help shape the modern state and more, becoming president of nine railroads and in 1922 pledged a gift of $50,000 to Washburn College so they could construct the Mulvane Art Museum and it opened in 1924. Their collections contain over 4000 pieces of fine art, with a permanent collection of various medias that include paintings and prints to sculptures and decorative arts. Regional artists included are; Thomas Hart Benton, Margaret Whittemore, Albert Bloch, John Stewart Curry, Birger Sandzen, Karen Kunc, Gordon Parks and Robert Lostutter, along with the works of well known artists like Josef Albers, Robert Stackhouse, Marc Chagall, Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, Albrecht Durer, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya, Philip Pearlstein, Rockwell Kent, Robert Motherwell, Kathe Kollwitz and Jacob Lawrence.

April 19, 2011