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Become a detective for an evening as Murder in the Mine presents, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause". We'll go 650 feet underground for an interactive murder mystery dinner theater at the Strataca Salt Mines in Hutchinson, Kansas. Find out who's naughty or nice and help our Santa save Christmas. 

Registration deadline is September 30. 

Facilitator:

Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University


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Come take a trip to Ponca City, Oklahoma. This northern town is bursting with fascinating stories and individuals. Our first stop will be Turtle's Donut Shoppe, where happiness comes in the shape of a donut. After satisfying our sweet tooth, we'll head to The Marland Grand Home, the restored home of oil tycoon and Oklahoma's 10th Governor, E.W. Marland. We'll stroll through 16,500 sq ft of restored suites and exhibits, including the American Indian Museum, a Wild West showroom, the Marland Family Museum, Horse and Hounds Landing, and Marland's Oil Office. After our tour, we'll head into town to do some shopping and grab snacks on Grand Avenue. We'll stop to view the Poncan Theatre, as well as Ponca City Hall. Then we'll head to E.W. Marland Mansion. Explore the stunning estate and learn of the family's tumultuous history. We'll then head to the Conoco Museum to learn more about Marland's business legacy and his company's past and current global influence. We'll conclude the day with dinner at the Rusty Barrell Supper Club.

Facilitator:

Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University


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Join us for a historic look at some of Southeast Kansas' most infamous mining landmarks. Our day begins with breakfast at the historic Beaumont Hotel. After breakfast, we continue southeast to the town of West Mineral where we will visit the Big Brutus visitor center and mining museum. It's then on to see the Miners Memorial, a tribute to the work and lives of the coal miners in the Weir-Pittsburg Coal Field. We will pick up boxed lunches and enjoy them at the park. Our next stop will be the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS. The Museum is home to hundreds of mining artifacts, a mining library and research area, as well as quarterly exhibits and programs. It is also the site of the nationally known Amazon Army March. On our final stop of this trip, you can reward your taste buds while dining at Chicken Mary's, fried chicken experts.

Facilitator:

Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University


This course contains no sessions
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Curious about western heritage? Interested in Native American Culture? If so, this tour is for you. We will be travelling to Oklahoma City where our first stop is a guided tour of The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. The newest addition to the Museum is Liichokoshkomo', a 100,000 square foot outdoor educational experience with hands-on, minds-on activities for all ages. Once finished, we will head to the First American's Museum, where we will have lunch at Thirty Nine Restaurant. Thirty Nine strives to honor the traditional ingredients of the 39 distinctive First American Nations in the state and offers delicious adaptations using ingredients that have been grown, gathered, and hunted in this area for many generations. After lunch, we will have a guided tour of the First American's Museum. FAM features collective stories of the 39 Tribal Nations, selections from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian examines the things we make, and creating the architectural history and embedded cultural symbolism of the museum.

Facilitator:
Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University


This course contains no sessions
Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.