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At the meeting point of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers is a weathered steel statue by American Indian sculptor, Blackbear Bosin. The Keeper of the Plains was installed in 1974 to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. Standing tall at 44 feet (13.41 meters), it is set on a huge headland and is considered a sacred site by the Native American tribes. Encircling it is a plaza with many displays, describing the lives of local American Indians who dwelt here. There are walking bridges to access the area. Fire drums on bluffs at the foot of the sculpture light almost every night, giving a dramatic effect to its surroundings.
Located in the Veterans Memorial Park, the Operation Freedom Memorial honors the memory and sacrifices made by several soldiers of United States' Armed Forces who fought bravely and perished in terrorist attacks and combats. A tribute to the memory of 90 soldiers from Kansas who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan, the marble monument was completed in 2014.
Established in 1972, the Mid-America All-Indian Center is a cultural center which aims to spread awareness and preserve the culture and heritage of American Indians. Born out of cultural differences and conflicts between the Indian and non-Indian Americans, the facility houses a museum, a Gallery of Nations in which special events are held and also a gift shop. The facility can be rented out for events. The center holds a host of Pow Wows in which Native and non-Native Americans come together to socialize. With cultural events spread throughout the year, the Mid-America All India Center has it's sights firmly set to effectively promote the Native American culture.
The Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center is notable not only for its architecture - this round building is easy to pick out in the Wichita skyline - but also for the quality of performances that grace the stages here and the facilities it has available for conventions, trade shows, and meetings. Featuring 200,000 square feet (18,580 square meters) of convention space, this is a great option for large-scale events.
The Wichita Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in all of Kansas. Opened in 1935, it has a sterling collection of American art. The art collection of approximately 7,000 works spanning over three centuries includes sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts. It boasts works by illustrious artists like Mary Cassat, Winslow Homer, and many more. The museum has a unique area known as The Living Room where visitors can try their hand at creating their art. The museum also features a cafe and a store where gift items made by local artists are available.
The Kansas African American Museum is a historical museum, dedicated to the lives, ordeals and experiences of the African-American community in the State of Kansas. The building was first built in 1917 as the Calvary Baptist Church, which was considered to be the cornerstone and an important landmark of Wichita's African-American community. In 1972, the church was relocated and the first National Black Historical Society was set up to safeguard the historical building. In 1993, the building was added to the National Register of Historical Places and by 1997, it was renamed the Kansas African American Museum. This museum is especially renowned for its annual celebrations and events, including the Cranford Village Celebration, Doris Kerr Larkins Brunch and Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Learn about Wichita's history, as well as that of the surrounding area at The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Over four floors of exhibits, you'll discover interesting facts about the city from past centuries. "The Spirit of Wichita" is an exhibit showcasing the history if the city through the early 20th Century, including the Dust Bowl. Located in a building that once served as city hall, this attraction is steeped in history - a must visit for anyone hoping to learn about the area's rich past.
Located in Wichita Boathouse, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have excelled in their sport and preserves local sports heritage and history. Visit this museum to catch a glimpse of artefacts and archives from various fields – basketball, football, baseball and more. They have jerseys, trophies, balls, plaques, autographed equipment, sports memorabilia and various other displays. You can also check out the list of inductees from various fields, individuals and teams, who have brought honors and accolades to their community.