Wheat Center Historic Mural - Hoisington
121 E 2nd St, Hoisington, KS 67544
“Wheat Center,” a “Section Art” mural was painted by artist Dorothea Tomlinson as part of the U. S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture program. When it was installed in 1938, the 12’ x 5’ canvas was glued to the east wall of the Hoisington Post Office lobby above the postmaster’s door and the original bulletin board. It is an oil on canvas mural that depicts a panoramic view of a harvest threshing scene as if seen from a hot air balloon. The artist wrote that the mural was taken from an original sketch that she made in the field on a farm when they were harvesting.
A modern version showing the evolution of “Wheat Center” was painted by Hoisington High School art teacher Bob Booth in 1990. This triptych mural is displayed on the west wall of the post office lobby. The Hoisington Post Office Building and the “Wheat Center” mural were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 17, 1989.