Museum - Exhibits
This month - World War I Inventions
During World War I the wristwatch became popular with soldiers as it allowed them to easily check the time without removing their hands from their weapons. The metal guard was added to help prevent against damage.
This wristwatch was owned by Kansan Lewis W. Arnold.
The exhibit features several things developed during World War I that are now used every day by millions of people.
- Pocket watches had been used for centuries but were not practical in war time; the wrist watch was invented to soldiers could check the time while keeping both hands free to hold a weapon or fly a plane.
- The zipper was invented.
- The Kimberly-Clark Company inadvertently created a revolutionary new personal care product--Kleenex.
- 1880s Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe locomotive
- 1914 Longren biplane
- Abbott howitzer
- Angell plow
- Carry Nation's hammer
- Custer's boots
- Henry Brown's rifle
- White's printing press
Explore by theme:
- Early People
- Forts and Trails
- Civil War
- Settling the Frontier
- Trains and Towns
- Early 20th Century
- Fast Food
- African American History
- Kansas Families
- Recent Past
The special exhibits gallery features changing exhibits.
- The Great Soldier State: Kansas and the Civil War - Through January 3, 2016
- What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? - January 28 - May 1, 2016
- Captured: The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes - Opening May 27, 2016