Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - museum Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:34:12 GMT Hands on Fun at the Prairie Museum of Art and History http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Hands-on-Fun-at-the-Prairie-Museum-of-Art-and-History/3009/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/12.jpg'/><br/> Not too far off I-70 in Colby is the&nbsp;Prairie Museum of Art and History. Upon entering the museum we went first to the Kuska Exhibit, which houses the namesakes' personal collection of items including wedding dresses, military apparel, buttons, toys, glass and countless other memorabilia (I dare say everything but the kitchen sink!). At first glance it appears to be similar to any other historical museum I have been to but as I stepped foot into the first aisle, I discovered backlit vintage hodgepodge and before I knew what was happening, six legs were running everywhere and six hands were busy opening and touching this and that. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Hands-on-Fun-at-the-Prairie-Museum-of-Art-and-History/3009/ Lindsborg’s Sandzen Gallery Showcases Artistic Diversity http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Lindsborg-s-Sandzen-Gallery-Showcases-Artistic-Diversity/3006/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Sandzen-Gallery-artwork-511.jpg'/><br/> Standing in awe at the unique oil paintings in the&nbsp;Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery&nbsp;in Lindsborg, I realized the Swedish-born artist's signature use of vivid colors and bold brushwork reminded me of a mural in the Belleville Post Office I'd seen as a child. Gallery Director Larry Griffiths said Sandzén painted murals in post offices in Halstead, Lindsborg and Belleville as part of the Works Progress Administration program in the 1930s. It's no wonder I have grown to love Sandzén's paintings, especially the larger pieces found in the gallery that bears his name. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Lindsborg-s-Sandzen-Gallery-Showcases-Artistic-Diversity/3006/ El Quartelejo: A Visit Through the Ages http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/El-Quartelejo-A-Visit-Through-the-Ages/3005/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/111.jpg'/><br/> I would compare visiting the&nbsp;El Quartelejo Museum&nbsp;in Scott City to time-traveling through Western Kansas. When we arrived at the museum, a replica of a pueblo style building, we were given a brief introduction of the exhibits from Dennie Siegrist, the facility manager. He started us off with the western interior seaway, which occupied this part of the country 100 million years ago. We passed through the Monument Rock display, showing the chalk pyramids attraction which is located just down the road from Scott City.&nbsp; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/El-Quartelejo-A-Visit-Through-the-Ages/3005/ See the Big Picture: Concordia's Brick Whole Wall Mural http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/20/See-the-Big-Picture-Concordia-s-Brick-Whole-Wall-Mural/2885/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Concordia.jpeg'/><br/> The faces of three young boys from an orphan train peer out, their forlorn looks forever sculpted in brick on a busy street corner in Concordia. Having three sons, I quickly spotted the boys among the two dozen or so realistic scenes depicting the story of Cloud County on the three-dimensional Whole Wall Mural. Measuring 140 feet, this amazing piece of art is currently the longest sculpted brick mural in the country&mdash;and possibly the world!Standing before the mural, I began playing a game of &ldquo;I Spy,&rdquo; finding pioneers planting seeds, coal miners and brick layers at work, a 1928 biplane, a wooded windmill, grain elevators, a John Deere &ldquo;A&rdquo; tractor, a schoolhouse, a church, a train, and an iron truss bridge over the Republican River I remember crossing as a kid when my family drove from our farm near Cuba to shop in Concordia. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/20/See-the-Big-Picture-Concordia-s-Brick-Whole-Wall-Mural/2885/ Basking in the Beauty of the Flint Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Basking-in-the-Beauty-of-the-Flint-Hills/2281/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/FacesPlaces.jpeg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “Stop and smell the roses.” For my latest trip on the Faces &amp; Places Tour, I did the Kansas version of that. I stopped and enjoyed the prairie. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Basking-in-the-Beauty-of-the-Flint-Hills/2281/ The Cowtown Experience: Wichita’s past explored http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/The-Cowtown-Experience-Wichita-s-past-explored/1966/ Old Cowtown Museum&nbsp;sits in the middle of the state’s largest thoroughly modern city, but gives you the chance to walk back in time through a slice of our historic small-town beginnings.The ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/The-Cowtown-Experience-Wichita-s-past-explored/1966/ A Kansas Connection to Desegregation: Brown Vs. Board of Education National Historic Site http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/28/A-Kansas-Connection-to-Desegregation-Brown-Vs-Board-of-Education-National-Historic-Site/1765/ When I was a kid, I remember learning about the Brown vs. Board of Education desegregation case in school. It seemed like such an important part of our history, but&nbsp;when I discovered the full ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/28/A-Kansas-Connection-to-Desegregation-Brown-Vs-Board-of-Education-National-Historic-Site/1765/ Off to see the Oz Museum http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/27/Off-to-see-the-Oz-Museum/1510/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/6539482655_a1d88dbd53_b.jpg'/><br/> Dorothy might not have been from Wamego, but the town has claimed her as its own. There you will find the Oz Museum. It has become a great place to visit for anyone with a love of the 1939 classic movie or the fairy tales written by Frank Baum that inspired it. Since opening in 2003, the museum has grown in popularity to attract nearly 30,000 visitors a year. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/27/Off-to-see-the-Oz-Museum/1510/ Discover Priceless Moments with your Kids: The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/22/Discover-Priceless-Moments-with-your-Kids-The-Kansas-Children-s-Discovery-Center/1317/ My favorite moment on our family’s recent trip to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center was standing outside a Plexiglas-walled room watching my 3-year-old paint his name. He still gets the “J” backwards most of the time, but the concentration on his little face while mixing colors and spreading wide strokes across his temporary canvass was a priceless sight to see. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/22/Discover-Priceless-Moments-with-your-Kids-The-Kansas-Children-s-Discovery-Center/1317/ It IS an adventure: Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/21/It-IS-an-adventure-Rolling-Hills-Wildlife-Adventure/1124/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/WILD2.jpg'/><br/> Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, west of Salina, is a unique combination of zoo and museum that gives you an up close and personal look at rare and endangered species. The facility started with one man’s mission to house unusual animals and provide education to the local community. It has grown to a large wildlife “experience” with conservation programs and a menagerie of animals you probably won’t see in most local zoos. It is a great day-trip, or if you are just passing through Kansas on I-70, it is close enough to the highway to make an easy detour if you have a few hours to spare. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/21/It-IS-an-adventure-Rolling-Hills-Wildlife-Adventure/1124/