graphicLabette County's serene atmosphere is a natural draw for creative souls. Oswego alone supports more than 100 artists — the most famous is Ted Watts, known nationally for his Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy art renditions. No wonder this city proudly displays murals throughout its downtown. Likewise, Parsons is restoring its Carnegie Arts Center; the entire structure hosts a continuous series of cultural events that have become a symbol of meaningful historic preservation.

Music also permeates the Labette County lifestyle. The Parsons Area Community Concert Association — now in its 14th year — offers its subscribers a minimum of four annual concerts during the September through March season. The Suzuki Strings music volunteer program in our schools instills a love of classical music in our students.

The Parsons Municipal Auditorium, built in the 1920s and renovated through overwhelming approval of a bond issue, provides 1,600-seat state-of-the-art performance facility. Bookings now stretch two years into the future.

The Earl Seifert Memorial 15-acre arboretum, developed in 1992 just north of Glenwood Park, provides a spot of beauty and an opportunity to promote learning about our environment. Visitors linger over the daylily bed, wetlands project, gazebo and wildflower beds as they stroll the grounds.

Labette County maintains library branches in Parsons, Oswego, Mound Valley, Chetopa, Altamont and Edna. Each staff is deeply involved in its community, hosting summer reading programs and story hours. Some offer meeting rooms for citizens groups. Non-residents are welcome to visit each library.

 

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