Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WW II has arrived at the Dane G. Hansen Museum! We are extremely excited to host this nontraditional World War II exhibition. Designed to draw attention to the humanitarian needs created by WW II, the posters in Work, Fight, Give definitely pull at the heartstrings. Boldly and pointedly, they campaign for philanthropic relief in the areas ravaged by WWII. These original posters artfully depict the savage effects of war and serve as a powerful reminder that war carries a hefty price tag. Work, Fight, Give will be on view at the Museum through April 29, 2018. Make sure to take time to come see these phenomenal posters.
Friday, April 6, 2018, we are excited to open the Chisholm Trail sesquicentennial: Driving the American West, 1867 – 2017 exhibit. The Chisholm Trail fundamentally changed the American West. From the birth of the cowboy as an icon to the revival of the cattle industry, the Old Chisholm Trail helped shape our popular culture by altering how we thought of the American West and the individuals who lived there. The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hill Design with major sponsorship from Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860’s to today. Exhibit highlights include the founding fathers of the Chisholm Trail, life on the trail, and the birth of the cowboy as an American icon. Several interactive explorations are included as well as artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle. This exhibit embodies the spirit of the West in look and feel. The Chisholm Trail exhibition is available for viewing until May 27, 2018, at the Dane G. Hansen Museum.
We are excited to host, research duo, Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, to give a program on exploring Kansas at our Annual Meeting. Penner and Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation spent four years going to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas. The result of their research journey is The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. On Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. Penner and Rowe will present, “Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas” in the Dane G. Hansen Museum’s Community Room. This presentation will make you want to jump in your car and start exploring Kansas! In addition to this exciting presentation, all Museum members present at the Annual Meeting will be entered in a drawing to win chainsaw artist, Blair Smith’s, carving The Dreamer. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.