Americans By Choice

New temporary exhibits are mounted at the Old Depot Museum as funds allow.  The east side of the north waiting room is our revolving gallery.  These exhibits often tie to current events or special anniversaries.  The Old Depot Museum has created displays to commemorate the 1951 flood, the 1967 tornado, and Kansas’ sesquicentennial in 2011.

The exhibit from May 8 to July 30, 2012 was “Americans By Choice: The Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas“.  The exhibit illustrates the paths to citizenship taken by Kansas settlers from around the world over the past 150 years, and personalizes the story of immigration and citizenship—who came, where they came from, why they came to Kansas, and why they chose to become U.S. citizens.  It features photographs, documents, quotes, and interactive books describing major laws affecting immigration and naturalization over the past 150 years, the consequences of those laws and how they directly affected the life of a Kansan.

The exhibit was commissioned by the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas to highlight the Court’s role in the naturalization process. A permanent exhibit of the same title is installed at the Robert J. Dole Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

Click on the first image and use the arrows to proceed through them, reading the cutlines.

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