New Flint Hills Center To Open Its Doors To Public

By: Associated Press/WIBW - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press/WIBW - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP/WIBW) _ A center that chronicles the science and cultural history of the Flint Hills is opening its doors to
visitors next weekend in Manhattan.
An opening ceremony is planned for next Saturday at the $24.5
million, 35,000-square-foot Flint Hills Discovery Center.
First-floor exhibits focus on topics such as the origin of the
Flint Hills, cowboys and ranching, railroad communities, burning of
the prairie, Plains Indians and the prairie ecosystem. Visitors
also can visit the theater and watch a 15-minute film about the
Flint Hills.
Center spokeswoman Jaclyn Collins says the second floor contains
temporary and traveling exhibit spaces. There's also a ``family fun
zone'' with interactive stations, arts and crafts and a toddler
area.
The third floor features an outdoor terrace, classrooms and
offices.


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