Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) created some of the most renowned tales of the macabre. He is also known, among other things, as the Father of the Detective story. To celebrate his significant contributions to this popular genre, Lizzy Walker developed the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit to coincide with the anniversary of his death and Halloween (October 2016). Dates: Oct. 2016 to January 2017.
This exhibit was displayed in Summer 2016. Dates: July 2016 - September 2016
The 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio commenced with an opening
ceremony at the world famous football (soccer) Maracanã Stadium in Rio
de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. Rio 2016 was considered a success for
many reasons. Over 11,000 athletes participated in the games and more
than 45% were women. The first ever refugee Olympic team also took part
in the games. It was also said that post-Rio 2016 sparked development for
the city of Rio itself. The citizens now have better transportation and
infrastructure due to funding that was unlikely to happen if it weren't for Rio
2016. Wichita's very own Rio 2016 has been highly associated with diversity and unity. It was truly a time when the whole world seemed to set aside their differences to come together and play.
This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was
inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years,
National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world
with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s
vital place in our culture.
Find out more here.
This exhibit was displayed in Spring 2016. Dates: April - May 2016
In 1966, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg visited Wichita, which fascinated him for
its reputation for producing great creative talent while simultaneously
stifling that creative output with its conservatism. He even wrote a poem
about Wichita, called "Wichita Vortex Sutra." The first reading of this
famous anti-war poem was held at WSU on February 21, 1966. This
display invites you to learn more about "The Vortex," Allen Ginsberg, and
the Beat poetry
Also, be sure to check out The Sunflower's coverage of the 50-year
anniversary celebration of this momentous reading in the February
This exhibit was displayed in Spring 2016. Dates: February - April 2016