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A Word in Edgewise

By Commissioner Tim Norton

April 20, 2015

Exploration Place is celebrating its 15th year in existence.  

We are extremely lucky that almost twenty years ago a dedicated group of community leaders, volunteers and donors led by Phil Frick had the vision and tenaciousness to create and build this iconic building and community space on the Arkansas River.   Children of all ages will benefit from the wonderful learning atmosphere that Exploration Place offers for years into the future.   And families just may have some fun, too!

Traveling exhibits like Titanic, Bodies, Star Wars and Dinosaurs have made the space come alive and put Wichita on par with other much larger cities.   Kansas in Miniature, the Aviation Pavilion, the Cyberdome theater and other local exhibits have been local favorites from the very beginning.   And the educational connections that have been formed and continue promote the love of science that is so critically needed in today’s technology environment.

I have served on the board for several years until recently and saw up close and personal the dedication of staff and volunteers in realizing the original vision of the founders and funders.   The path to success is not always easy.   I am proud that Sedgwick County realized the importance that Exploration Place holds in our community several years ago  and continues to support this jewel on the river with funding and board leadership.  

As science and technology continues to change and evolve and inspire new generations to learn… Exploration Place will continue to be that place where the wonder of science and information and fun intercept in our community.   Wichita’s children and families deserve Exploration Place.  And Exploration Place deserves our ongoing dedication, participation and funding.

Thanks for letting me get a word in edgewise.


Video Files

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
5th District Commissioner Jim Howell
January 23, 2015 - 20 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
GraceMed - With David Sandford
September 26, 2014 - 18 minutes

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Project Access - With Anne Nelson and Jon Rosell
September 15, 2014 - 16 minutes

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Sedgwick County Zoo Elephant Exhibit - With Scott Ochs and Mark Reed
September 10, 2014 - 17 minutes

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Wichita State University - With John Bardo
March 11, 2014 - 15 minutes

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Child Advocacy Center - With Diana Schunn and Marc Bennett
March 11, 2014 - 18 minutes

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City-to-City - With Suzy Finn and Taylor Gill
October 25, 2013 - 14 minutes

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City-to-City - With Janet Miller and Jon Rosell
October 18, 2013 - 20 minutes

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FIT Wichita - With Mim McKenzie and Claudia Blackburn
October 9, 2013 - 15 minutes

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Visioneering - With Sam Williams and Ron Holt
October 1, 2013 - 15 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
with Jan Luth about Star Wars at Exploration Place
May 23, 2012

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With 5th District Commissioner Jim Skelton
January 26, 2012

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
With Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Tim Norton
January 19, 2011 - 17 minutes

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