As the Stauth Museum wraps up their "They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls" this weekend, the staff are also getting ready for the first exhibit of 2013.
"Rare: Portraits of Endangered Species" will be on display at the museum from Feb. 3 thought April 14.
According to a recent press release, the exhibit will feature 69 animals and plants from North America that are facing extinction.
Nebraska native Joel Sartore has spent two decades researching and profiling these species, and now his research serves as a "poignant roll call of North America's most endangered wildlife... and an urgent call to action."
The exhibit will also examine the history, purpose and effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and celebrate species that are making a comeback.
A few of the species that have made a comeback include the gray wolf, with numbers now over 4,000, the bald eagle with numbers over 20,000 and the American alligator, which according to the press release has rebounded from the verge of extinction to more than 1 million animals.
Once the endangered species exhibit is over, the next exhibit will be; "Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants", which will run from April 28 through July 7.
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service will bring this exhibit to southwest Kansas and will feature the world of ants.
Dr. Mark Moffett, photographer and ant expert, has been studying the behavior of ants for years, and now his work is on display for everyone to see.
"...revealing amazing behaviors and complex social interactions as we've never seen them before," a recent press release describes the show.
The press release goes on to say; "Moffett's stunning photographs tell incredible stories about the lives of ants — hunting, communicating, dealing with disease and agriculture — and chronicle the world of entomologists in the field."
Hands-on exhibits and a possible live ant colony will awe both children and adults who come out to the Stauth Museum for this exhibit.
The third exhibit at the Stauth Museum this year is called; "Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration and Citizenship in Kansas", and will be on display from July 14 through Sept. 1.
From 1931 to 2010, over 75,000 individuals because naturalized citizens in Kansas.
"This exhibit illustrates the paths to citizenship taken by Kansas settlers from around the world by helping visitors connect this story with their personal experience by providing context and personalizing the facts and figures," according to a recent press release.
With photographs, documents, quotes and interactive elements this exhibit will personalize the story of immigration in Kansas over the past 150 years, and describe what it meant for these people to be an American.
While the "Americans by Choice" show is going on the museum will host another exhibit as well; "Immigration and Caricature: Ethnic Images from the Appel Collection," also running from July 14 through Sept. 1.
Page 2 of 2 - According to the press release, "this exhibit explores the role of caricature and stereotype in forming American values and attitudes about the multicultural development of the United States. It utilizes a collection of immigrant and ethnic caricatures from popular graphics dating primarily from the Civil War to World War I, a period of massive migration to the United States.
Cartoons, postcards, prints and lithographs make up this collection of images that offer great insight into American cultural attitudes during this time period.
While modern Americans may think some of the images disturbing or humorous, it is important to remember that these represenations reflected the real attitudes many Americans at the time.
The final exhibit of the year is; "America Celebrates! Quilts of Joy and Remembrance", which will be on display from Sept. 8 through Nov. 24.
Fifty-eight art quilts made by American fiber artists will be on display. The quilts seek to find how we, as ordinary people, share the threads and traditions that tie us together.
"Touching on holiday, cultural and personal celebrations, the exhibition is a bright and colorful look at our cultural more and how we see ourselves through our traditions," the press release said.
Not only will the exhibit feature quilts depicting our American traditions, but also those brought to America from other countries; Diwali, from India, Winter Solstice, from northern Europe and Cinco de Mayo, from Mexico are just a few of the traditions that will be represented.
The Stauth Museum is located in Montezuma and is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and all major holidays. For more information about any of the upcoming exhibits call (620) 846-2527 or visit www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org.