Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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M u s e u m o f W o r l d T r e a s u r e s W i c h i t a D w i g h t D . E i s e n h o w e r P r e s i d e n t i a l L i b r a r y a n d M u s e u m A b i l e n e May 2017 31 have access to interactive exhibits, including one of the most popular displays of the tallgrass prairie root sys- tem, "showing how deep they go," he said. Another favorite is the special-effects theater experience: Smoke rolls across the floor when the film discusses fire as part of the prairie ecosystem. Downtown Manhattan, Blue Earth Plaza park, the historic Union Pacific Depot and four hotels are all within a couple of blocks of the center. www.flinthillsdiscovery.org Museum of World Treasures Wichita The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita is called that because it houses treasures from around the globe and across the ages. "I tend to call it the mini Smithsonian of the Midwest," said Lon Smith, the museum's chief develop- ment officer. "It's a very eclectic collection; a little bit of something for everyone." That eclectic collection is housed in a century-old former paper factory in downtown, and the surprising array of items goes back to the museum's founders, John and Lorna Kardatzke, who donated much of their collection of historic artifacts to the museum. On the first floor, visitors are greeted by Ivan the Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with two other dinosaurs that are locked in battle. Groups can reserve the third-floor banquet hall for daytime or after-hours events, although the space — which can seat about 170 for a meal — can't be closed off to the public during operating hours. A small confer- ence room works well for 16-person events. Groups can arrange tours, but most prefer to tackle the museum's scavenger hunt, searching for answers to questions among the exhibits and artifacts, which include a piece of the Berlin Wall, a shrunken head and two mummies. An impressive Southeast Asia collection features huge hand-carved marble Buddha statues and Hindu sculp- tures, and the museum has signatures of every American president on original documents, as well as signatures of many royals, such as Queen Elizabeth I and Louis XVI. www.worldtreasures.org Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum Abilene For meeting groups that want to work on strategy and planning, nothing is quite as inspiring as seeing the table around which Allied Forces planned Operation Overlord, the code name for the D-Day Battle of Normandy. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum sits on a 22-acre campus that features five buildings, including Eisenhower's boyhood home, his burial site and a visitor center. Most of the event spaces are housed in the library, said communications director Courtesy Flint Hills Discovery Center The Flint Hills Discovery Center educates visitors on Kansas' unique grassland ecosystem.

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