By the late 1800s, Wichita was well on its way to becoming a sophisticated city, though not so long ago it was a western settlement to which cowboys had come and kicked up their heels. When Elizabeth Sprague (1862-1936) arrived around the turn of the century, the rail center city had been clicking forward with industry and economic momentum, making possible the founding of sites of higher learning such as Fairmount College (later, Wichita State University). Here it was in the Sunflower State that Sprague served as a brave pioneer when called upon to create a college art department de novo.
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