Section Art Mural

121 E 2nd St, Hoisington, KS 67544

The Hoisington United States Post Office is on the National Register of Historic Places due to the WPA Mural "Wheat Center", painted by Dorothea Tomlinson in 1938. The mural is an oil on canvas mural that depicts a harvest threshing scene.
The mural, "Wheat Center", was installed on the east wall of the Hoisington Post Office lobby above the Postmaster's door and the original bulletin board. This is the traditional location for Treasury Department Section Artwork in the smaller class C and D post offices. The mural was installed on June 7, 1938. It measures 12' by 5'before installation and is surrounded with a small moulding and surmounted by a scalloped classical cornice. The mural was glued to the post office's lobby wall with a lithiphone and varnish mixture. A buttermilk topping was added to the canvas after installation to protect it.
A modern version showing the evolution of "Wheat Center" was painted by High School art teacher Bob Booth in 1990. This Triptych Mural is displayed on the west wall of the post office lobby.

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