to Enlightening Attractions
offers a wealth of exciting and enlightening diversions.
Gallery, located in downtown
Chanute, is a unique cultural treasure not found in many small towns.
The gallery includes 1500-square feet of exhibit area, four art galleries,
a classroom and a library. Its permanent core collection includes over
500 works of art, representing 25 mediums. Special exhibits rotate monthly.
Martin and Osa
Museum tells the adventurous
life stories of two wildlife filmmakers, photographers and authors. From
1917 to 1936, Chanute native Osa Johnson and
her husband Martin traveled through the South Seas,
Borneo, and Africa. They
became famous worldwide for their pioneering documentary movies and books.
Today, this record of vanished cultures and wildlife is used by organizations
ranging from National Geographic to Disney to the CBS “Survivor” program.
in Chanute’s beautifully renovated Santa Fe
train depot, the museum presents the Johnson Exhibition and Imperato African
Gallery, a spectacular collection of West African masks and objects. The
museum also offers the Selsor
of changing and traveling exhibits. Over the years, a number of related
collections have been added to enhance and continue the Johnson’s goal
of sharing the knowledge of natural history and cultural anthropology.
Osa’s Ark Store sells a range of unique ethnic materials and collectibles
along with copies of Johnson films and books, including Osa Johnson’s
autobiography (the best-selling non-fiction book of 1940) – I Married
Mexican Fiesta (held in Santa Fe
Park) is a two-day historic
celebration of Mexican heritage. Held annually in September, it’s the
oldest Mexican Fiesta celebration in Kansas,
and features Mexican cuisine and entertainment while celebrating the cultural
significance of Chanute’s Mexican population.
more than three decades, local and area residents have enjoyed The Chanute
Artist Alley Festival, which is held on the last Saturday of September.
The festival includes live entertainment, a parade, train rides and more
than 120 booths – featuring arts and craft vendors from all over the Midwest.
In addition to the festival, Chanute Community Theatre also presents a
three-day run of their annual musical production. Since 1979, CCT has
provided quality entertainment to the public – including Hello Dolly,
Oklahoma, The Wizard of
Oz, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Honk and many more outstanding
theatrical offerings. Memorial Auditorium is home to the Chanute Community
Theatre’s three annual productions, as well as the Chanute Concert Series,
and hosts nationally known performers.
in 1872 and first located one mile east of Chanute on the Neosho
River, the Austin
Bridge is a 160-foot bowstring
arch design bridge that is one of the beautiful and historic pieces of
Chanute’s past. The bridge was vital to Chanute’s economic welfare, allowing
farmers to get their crops and livestock to the Chanute railroads. The
bridge was closed to vehicle traffic in 1972, and was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 1999, a federal grant and funding
from Neosho County and the City of Chanute moved the bridge to Santa Fe
Park, where it is now the southern terminus of a 3.11-mile hiking/bike