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A century restored, Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas

A century restored, Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
This video describes the history and importance of the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and banker and entrepreneur J. C. Rogers' efforts to preserve art and artifacts from the fair. Rogers lived in Wamego, Kansas, and purchased architectural artifacts and art created for the fair and brought them back to Wamego to decorate a new music hall and theater he built there. The film recounts the history of the theater, its closing and eventual restoration and the restoration of numerous paintings from the fair. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


B roll Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas

B roll Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
This rough cut video of the Columbian Theater renovation in Wamego, Kansas, proposes a funding model for restoring the theater. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Chicago World's Fair paintings, Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas

Chicago World's Fair paintings, Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas
Date: November 14, 1991
This video documents the restoration of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair paintings at the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Columbian Theater Rogers Building, Wamego, Kansas

Columbian Theater Rogers Building, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
This video footage shows the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas, at the early stages of its renovation in the early 1990s accompanied by instrumental piano music. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas

Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1893-1995
These photographs document the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas, and its renovation. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. The music hall hosted vaudeville, drama, masque balls, concerts, community events and eventually motion pictures. The theater closed in 1950 and the renovation effort began in 1989. The publication of these photos was funded in party by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Columbian Theater fundrasing proposal, Wamego, Kansas

Columbian Theater fundrasing proposal, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
In this video Clark Balderson of Wamego, Kansas, proposes the renovation of the historic Columbian Theater in Wamego and suggests a financial model for funding the renovation. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Columbian Theater raw girder restoration, Wamego, Kansas

Columbian Theater raw girder restoration, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
This video documents the raw girder restoration at the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Columbian Theater restoration, Wamego, Kansas

Columbian Theater restoration, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
This video includes interviews with five investors in the renovation of the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas. It also shows school children at a musical theater interpretive skit about Harriet Tubman at the theater. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Columbian Theater restoration project, Wamego, Kansas

Columbian Theater restoration project, Wamego, Kansas
Date: March 1990
This video documents the initial stages of renovation of the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas, in the early 1990s. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater in 1895 and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. the theater includes many original paintings from the fair. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


The Columbian, Wamego, Kansas

The Columbian, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1990s
In this video Clark Balderson advocates for the restoration of the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas, and offers a financial model for funding the renovation. Wamego banker J. C. Rogers built the theater and used it to celebrate and document the Chicago World's Fair, otherwise known as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. The theater includes many original paintings from the fair. This publication funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


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