Wichita Museums Host Guitar Exhibits

Gage Brewer Wichita Beacon 10.2.1932
In October of 1932, the Wichita Beacon featured Gage Brewer with his Ro-Pat-In “frying pan.”  Photo courtesy of the Wichita Eagle.

The guitar and its many uses are the subject of new exhibits at two museums in Wichita, Kansas. Exploration Place is hosting a traveling exhibit called “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World,” while the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is opening “The Electric Guitar: Wichita’s Instrument,” an exhibit of valuable vintage guitars inspired by one-time Wichita bandleader Gage Brewer’s 1932 Ro-Pat-In Electro Spanish guitar. That instrument, first strummed in a Wichita club on Halloween 1932, resides at the museum. Both exhibits are scheduled to run through May 8, and both museums have scheduled guitar-related activities to accompany them. For more, visit wichitahistory.org.