Wyandotte County Museum located in Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs is one of six Kansas hosts of “The Art of Voting” a pop-up exhibition. Based on an original exhibition created by the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, “The Art of Voting” is designed to inform Kansans about the history of electoral engagement and the right to vote. “The Art of Voting” will be on display January 14 through February 28, 2021, in front of the Wyandotte County Museum, in Wyandotte County Park, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs.
“The Art of Voting” is presented by Humanities Kansas as part of the “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“The Art of Voting” looks at the last 150 years of the American vote, beginning with the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 that made it illegal to deny US citizens the right to vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” A companion brochure to the exhibition explores the landmarks of voting legislation, including the 19th Amendment, the Indian Citizenship Act, and the Voting Rights Act.
The pop-up exhibit will be displayed outside in order to provide for maximum public visibility and safe social distancing practices. The exhibit will be located on the sidewalks in front of the museum, and there are several additional exterior historical pieces to be viewed while visiting.
The Wyandotte County Museum is one of six Kansas hosts of “The Art of Voting.” The pop-up exhibition will also be on display at the following locations: Abilene Public Library, Dodge City Community College Resource Center /Library, McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, Coronado-Quivira Museum in Lyons, and Sharon Springs Public Library.