Gordon Parks Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.

The landmark motion picture "The Learning Tree" turns 50 years old this year. Noted photographer Gordon Parks directed the movie, based off his 1963 semi-autobiography. The film is set in Parks’ hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas. Parks became the first African-American to produce and direct a major motion picture for a Hollywood studio.

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The Wizard of Oz, considered one of the most viewed films of all time, turns 80 this year.

For the last 16 years, a tiny town in northeast Kansas has embraced the appeal of the MGM classic.

The Oz Museum, located downtown Wamego, draws 35,000 fans annually from all 50 states and 45 countries. It’s filled with all things Oz.

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The Cosmosphere and Exploration Place will hold events this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France — the pivotal battle that changed the course of World War II.

KMUW is turning 70 years old this week, so we decided to take a peek at what Wichita looked like in 1949, the year the station was born. Dr. Jay Price, director of Wichita State University's Public History program, gives us a glimpse.

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Take a drive through the north side of Wichita and you might notice some new faces. They live on the walls of buildings, under bridges and on other structures that weren’t necessarily designed to be painted, but were anyway.



“To paint a mural in a public space,” said Wichita artist Armando Minjarez, “it’s itself a form of invasion.”


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More than 100 Army Reserve soldiers, including some from Wichita, are in France this week to commemorate the closing days of World War I.

The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918. France and its allies are remembering the 100-year anniversary of the armistice with a series of events.

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The Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society Research Library is located inside a 100-year-old white house near 12th and Main. It has more than 21,000 volumes of books, records, documents and photos. KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with society president Rex Riley and librarian Julia Langel about what the library has to offer — and what it’s looking for.

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The Wichita Public Library is launching a mobile app this weekend to take Wichitans on a walking history tour of Douglas Avenue. It's part of Sunday's Open Streets ICT event, when four miles of street will be closed to traffic.

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Next year, the Public History Program at Wichita State University will officially become the Local and Community History Program.