Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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S h a w n e e I n d i a n M i s s i o n F a i r w a y W e l l i n g t o n M e m o r i a l A u d i t o r i u m W e l l i n g t o n 34 Kansas Meeting Guide declared it unconstitutional for states to establish sepa- rate public schools for black and white students. Today, Monroe Elementary is the site of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, where visitors can learn about the history of segregation in America, although "the heart of what we talk about is the '50s, from 1950 to 1957, what our case did and the immediate aftermath," said Enimini Ekong, chief of interpretation, education and cultural resources. Guests can watch a 30-minute film in the auditorium, which is available for events for up to 150. An upstairs classroom can hold 32, and a first-floor program room has capacity for 38. Two galleries tell of the barriers to education African- Americans had to overcome and the civil rights move- ment following the Supreme Court ruling. In the Hall of Courage, screens showing historic footage flank visitors so they see and hear what was yelled at the first black students as they walked into Little Rock High School in 1957. Groups can reserve space during operating hours if the event fits the site's mission of education or race and equity issues. For other uses, planners can request after-hours reservations. Shawnee Indian Mission Fairway The Shawnee Indian Mission school opened in October 1839 in what is now Fairway, and Native American children from many tribes were sent there to learn academics, agriculture and manual arts. At its height, the mission boasted 2,000 acres, 16 buildings and nearly 200 enrolled Native American students. Today, three historic brick buildings remain on the 12-acre site: the East, West and North buildings. "The East and North buildings housed the Native American children that came to school here," site direc- tor Jennifer Laughlin said. "It was essentially a boarding school; they had classes here as well as resided here." The North Building houses exhibits that tell the story of emigrant Indians in Kansas and has a conference room that can seat up to 20 people. The East Building, which recently became available for event rentals, houses the mission's visitor center, store and exhibit space. Galleries can be reserved for receptions for up to 100 people when the site isn't open to the public, either after-hours Wednesday through Saturday or Sunday through Tuesday. Among the exhibits, visitors can see the original school bell from 1839 as well as "a beautiful walking cane" carved by the 19th-century Shawnee Chief Charles Bluejacket. The mission also has a large outdoor lawn space for events. Wellington Memorial Auditorium Wellington In December 1918, Wellington resident and attorney Ed Hackney launched efforts to construct a "building that will be of service to the people." Three years later, construction began on what was then known as Liberty Courtesy NPS The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site helps visitors understand the angst of the school desegregation struggle.

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