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Amelia Earhart sculpture

Amelia Earhart sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
Small plaster bust of aviatrix Amelia Earhart by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Arthur Capper, Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and William Allen White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Originally from Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was a noted American aviation pioneer, author, and celebrity who vanished in a 1937 flight around the world.


Frederick Stanton bust

Frederick Stanton bust
Creator: Stone, Horatio
Date: Unknown date
A bust of Frederick Perry Stanton (1814-1894) who served as acting territorial governor of Kansas Territory from April 15 to May 27, 1857 and November 16 to December 21, 1857.


General Dwight Eisenhower sculpture

General Dwight Eisenhower sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
This small plaster bust by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. depicts General Dwight Eisenhower. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Arthur Capper, Amelia Earhart, Eisenhower, and William Allen White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Originally from Abilene, Kansas, Dwight Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and later the 34th President of the United States. According to Felten, Eisenhower was a "decision maker" who "always stood in neat poses."


Senator Arthur Capper sculpture

Senator Arthur Capper sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
Small plaster bust of Senator Arthur Capper by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Capper, Amelia Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and William Allen White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Originally from Garnett, Kansas, Arthur Capper established a large publishing enterprise in Topeka. In 1915 he was elected Kansas Governor and later served 30 years in the United States Senate. According to Felten, Capper was fairly easy to sculpt because "he was such a humble looking man who always stood with hunched shoulders."


William Allen White sculpture

William Allen White sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
Small plaster bust of newspaper editor William Allen White by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Arthur Capper, Amelia Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Residing primarily in Emporia, Kansas, William Allen White was a nationally recognized newspaper editor, politician, and author. In 1923, he won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. According to Felton, White's face proved difficult to sculpt because he was "a highly animated man."


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