"Kansans on the Cover" display of Sports Illustrated Magazine's issues featuring every issue of the magazine with a Kansan on the cover.
The Kansas Sports Museum is a division of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame which was founded in 1961 as a part of the Kansas Centennial Celebration. But in 2010, the sports museum (including about 90% of the exhibits) moved from Wichita to a new larger facility in the Chisholm Trail shopping Center, just south of Newton, Kansas. The new building isn't as interesting as the lovely old building the museum occupied in Wichita's Old Town, but the new museum setting is spacious and light.
The love of my life is much more of a Kansas sports fan than I am, and first dragged me to the Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Our tour of the Kansas Sports Museum began with a 9 minute video highlighting Great Moments, Players and Coaches in Kansas sports history, which my companion thoroughly enjoyed.
As we toured the rest of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, she kept pointing out exhibits devoted to Kansans like Lynette Woodard, Gale Sayers, James Naismith, and Wilt Chamberlain.
Depending on your level of interest, a visit to the Kansas Sports Museum should take from one to three hours. The Kansas Sports Museum is a must stop for alumni of Wichita State, Kansas State and the University of Kansas.
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