Just call them the seven wonders of Southeast Kansas.
Found in Burlington, Columbus, Eureka, Fort Scott, Fredonia, Neodesha and Oswego, seven New Deal murals and sculptures have called Southeast Kansas home for more than 70 years. Produced under the Treasury Department’s Section of Fine Arts in the ‘30s and early ‘40s, these seven art pieces – plus 22 elsewhere in Kansas – were placed publicly in area post offices to help bolster American pride and patriotism and boost the morale of those suffering after the Great Depression.
They’re still captivating Southeast Kansans today.
“Post offices were gathering places then, and everyone was getting to see this artwork,” says Dr. Lorraine Madway, curator of special collections and university archivist for Wichita State University Libraries. “Their purpose…”
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