Replica of 1865 treaty to be displayed in Wichita

Wichita, Kansas (AP) July 2011

A replica of the 1865 Peace Treaty that spurred the founding of Wichita will be on display later this month.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Kansas, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is creating a permanent peace treaty exhibit. It will be open July 29.

The Wichita Eagle reported that the treaty is one of many the federal government signed with American Indian tribes that promised white settlers safe passage to the west. The treaty was signed along the Little Arkansas River in what is now Wichita.

Eric Cale, director of the museum, says the replica comes from the Library of Congress. It includes all 15 pages of the treaty. Cale says it would have cost up to $10,000 to bring the actual treaty to Wichita.




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