Friday, November 26, 2021

Friday Smiles 449: Back to the museum


It's Friday and I'm once again joining Friday Smiles which is hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time).   Let's visit her and the other wonderful ladies who also share their smiles each Friday.

Today we are returning to the Wichita-Sedgwick County History Museum.

I walked out of the only public room on the first floor (except gift shop and ticket desk) and saw this clock.

I walked up the stairs and looked back.  I knew I was going to be tired after I had climbed all four flights, but I was determined to do so.  For me, it's easier going up than down.

This is the stunning building we have visited today.  It hasn't changed much since 1890.

This is a beautiful piano that sits in the center of the second floor.  You can go in any of four directions from it.

I headed down one hallway where there was a display of lovely milk glass.  I have some of my grandmother's but I would never actively collect it.  I'm too klutzy and would break it.

Another thing I would never collect is a vase, especially one that ornate.  I would, however, love that pedestal, because I have two antique pedestals I'm very proud of.

Those of you who visit my blog quite often are familiar with Keeper of the Plains and this small one on display, along with a drawing of it.  There is also a write up about Blackbear Bosin, the sculptor who created it.

Bosin was an internationally recognized artist, muralist, and designer who was a Kiowa-Comanche.  Some of his work has been on display in Washington D.C.  The Keeper of the Plains is one of his most notable works.  The sculpture is 44 feet tall, made of steel, and weighs five tons. As noted in the article, it was donated to the city of Wichita by Bosin in 1974, and was installed to commemorate the United States Bicentennial.  Bosin died in 1980.

The statue stands at the confluence of the big and little Arkansas rivers. The Keeper of the Plains’ location is sacred, the place where the Wichita Indians settled after fleeing their Texas and Oklahoma homes as a result of European arrival. According to the article, many Native American tribes continue to gather at this site.  The article also shows some of Bosin's paintings.

Next up was this unique clock.

This Howard Clock has been in service since 1871 and has been in Wichita since 1884.

Next up was the large display case of children's toys from bygone eras.  I got a bit carried away with the photos I took of the contents in this case.

And of course, I had to get a ton of photos of the rolling horse and rider.  I would LOVE to take that home with me.

I didn't have time to look for Indian Hills puns, so I will share a few church and church newsletter bloopers:

We have received word of the sudden passing of Rev. Smith this morning during the worship service.  Now let’s sing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.”

Glory of God to all and peas to his people on earth.

Next Friday we will be serving hot gods for lunch.

If you would like to make a donation, fill out a form, enclose a check and drip in the collection basket.

Applications are now being accepted for 2-year-old nursery workers.

Brother Lamar has gone on to be the Lord.

Karen’s beautiful solo: “It is Well with my Solo.”

If you choose to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly.

We are grateful for the help of those who cleaned up the grounds around the church building and the rector.

The sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.

Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.

Helpers are needed!  Please sign up on the information sheep.

Thank you, dead friends.

Now let's join Annie (at A Stitch in Time) and the lovely ladies who join her for Friday Smiles.  Thanks again for visiting and spending a bit of time with Bleubeard and me this Friday.  Bleubeard would also like to thank you, dead friends.  We would love to have you join us, too. 

This is also Day 26 of Art Every Day Month (AEDM) where I joined a link up party.


21 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

I´m with you up is always easier than down! Falling up is not that bad - but down... ewwww.
Beautiful building!
Klutzy... hello, Sister ;-)

A person in a wheelchair as kid´s toy, hm. The ducks sure look fun.

Hot gods, hmmmm...

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely photos from the museum. I especially loved the toys - I knew you would like that white horse - and the old clocks. Great funnies, too, the made me laugh! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

That looks like a museum I could go to time and time again, checking out old favourites and often finding new ones too.
I am with you about going up rather than down. I feel more stable that way.
Smiling at the bloopers too. Thank you.

Annie said...

It’s always easier going up than down on my knees too so I tend to use the lift so well done you on climbing the stairs. I love the old toys so can see why you took all the pics...just a shame they’re behind glass eh?
Annie x

Mae Travels said...

Wind=up toys are really appealing, especially the old ones. I saw a dispatch of them in a museum once that included a video of the toy in action. THat way you could see the cleverness of the device but it wouldn’t wear out.

Looks like a very interesting collection of local history.

best… mae at

CJ Kennedy said...

That is some building! It looks like a castle. I have a few pieces of milk glass my mother had. Fun toys. I think my favorite is the duck pull toy.

My name is Erika. said...

It is a fabulous building, and I think it is perfect to house all those wonderful antiques and displays. Someone or some group was smart to get it turned into this museum. It's fun to see this vintage pieces, a few of which don't look all that unfamiliar. Just a few though-smile. And I wanted to let you know, I am half done with the tasks int he email you sent me. I am hoping to get them finished up today or at least by the end of the weekend. Happy black Friday. I hope it's not grey like it is here. Hugs-Erika

Rita said...

Especially loved the church funnies. :)

Lisca said...

What a beautiful building! The staircase even is beautiful. Well done you for climbing all those stairs. I hope you were able to use an elevator to go down.
I loved the old clocks. They are amazing. Works of art.
Reading about Blackbear Bosin was very interesting.
The toys are fascinating. I knew you would love that rolling horse as it is nearly a rocking horse.
I giggled at the church bloopers. It's so easily done. I was editor of the church magazine for many years and I know...
Have a lovely weekend,

craftytrog said...

I'm still laughing from those church funnies!
The museum is a beautiful building, with some lovely exhibits. I love those grandfather clocks.

Debra said...

I've got a smile on my face! Loved the funnies! I love seeing the toys especially. I would have lingered at that case too. Thank you for such a sweet post.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Elizabeth and greetings to Bleubeard, it's been a while. The museum looks very interesting. I've just spent quite some time enlarging the photos of the toys. Old toys are always fascinating. Being incredibly ancient myself I hope to see toys my brothers and I played with but, in this case, not so. The information about Boson and the Keeper of the Plains is also fascinating. Have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x

Empire of the Cat said...

Lovely building, I love that pedestal too, and the children's toys. Happy AEDM! Elle/EOTC xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

I'm back now from teaching the card class to some friends. Teaching children was easier, they were better behaved! Those clocks were a great distraction for me I absolutely love wall clocks...well any clocks really. I have a wall clock and will photograph it for you to see. It's probably Victorian. I love the Keeper of the Plains it's a beautiful sculpture and the drawings. This really is a brilliant place to visit. Those funnies are brilliant! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Angela xXx

LA Paylor said...

what fun to see the toys... I love looking at bygone era toys. The staircase is GORGEOUS and I only wish I could go to a museum with you. Bet we'd take our time in there reading ohhhing and ahhhing.

baptized on the center table!
I think we share a love of beautiful language, of flowers, history, books, tea, gentle arts

aussie aNNie said...

These are amazing photos with all of the old time it. xx

Lowcarb team member said...

That certainly is a great museum, I enjoyed seeing your photographs.
Many thanks for the funnies :)

Wishing you a happy weekend.

All the best Jan

Olde Dame Holly said...

I love the children's toy display, too, and I had to smile when I saw the cigar boxes holding some of the treasures! Just like I used to do. Wish I had a few of my cigar boxes today!

Jeanie said...

What a fascinating and interesting museum. I love that clock and the stairwell.

DVArtist said...

What a fun place to visit. I love all the toys.

Divers and Sundry said...

I enjoy museums. I'm particularly struck by the clocks and by the good balance between large items and displays of smaller items. Nice!