Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities: 150 Years of Washburn University

Puppet and flag displayIn the 16th and 17th centuries European aristocrats collected scientific and ethnographic artifacts and works of art and antiquities, which they displayed in rooms called “cabinets of curiosities.” This exhibition revives the spirit of those rooms by displaying art and artifacts from Washburn’s past. Created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, as well as the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Mulvane Art Museum, the exhibition includes Washburn and Mulvane relics from both before and after the 1966 tornado, a pivotal event in the history of the university.

Unless otherwise indicated, all items in the exhibition are from the University Archives, Mabee Library. Special thanks to Martha Imparato, University Archivist.

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