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If you’ve driven down Douglas past Old Town and Union Station, you’ve seen the giant steam engine that is the prize of the Great Plains Transportation Museum. It’s right in the middle of the overpass; you drive right under it.

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You can hardly call the Allen-Lambe house hidden.

The intriguing structure, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has been standing at the corner of 2nd and Roosevelt in College Hill — in the heart of Wichita — since 1918. But many people in town don’t know it’s there, even if they drive by it every day. Or, if they do know, they don’t realize what a treasure it is.

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An exhibit that showcases artwork celebrating women of color is on display at The Kansas African American Museum.

The array of creations ranges from oil and acrylic paintings to photography and sculptures. The exhibit, called "Shades of Strength and Beauty," features the work of 16 developing and established artists of color.

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It’s no secret that newspaper circulation has been declining in recent years. Black newspapers mirror trends in the industry overall — but there’s one paper based in Wichita that’s keeping its head above water.

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Wichita State University professor Kevin Harrison has put together a music video that denounces racism and hopes to inspire African American men.

"The Breathe Project" includes the talents of 51 Black men in Wichita, ranging from age 10 to 75, proclaiming "all men are free to breathe."

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WILMORE, Kansas — Carousels most often are found in carnivals, amusement parks or, occasionally, upscale shopping centers.

But in Wilmore, Kansas — population 37 — you can ride one in Ernie and Christy Griffin’s backyard.

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Almost 60 years after it closed, the historic Dunbar Theatre in Wichita’s McAdams neighborhood is ramping up for some major renovations.

Efforts have been ongoing for several years to reopen the theater located in what was once the epicenter of Wichita’s Black community. Now, that work is getting a new push.

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