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25 years ago: Local history museum prepares T-shirt exhibit

September 6, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 6, 1986:

  • In Topeka, SRS secretary Robert C. Harder reported that his agency would need an extra $10 million in general tax money when the legislature convened in January. The state's medical assistance program might need a "$6.3 million shot in the arm" from the State General Fund, he said. Also, the agency was projecting a $2.5 million shortfall in general tax dollars for the Aid to Dependent Children program.
  • The Watkins Community Museum was issuing a call for an unusual item -- T-shirts. The local history museum was asking for public donations of T-shirts that reflected a business, organization, or event in Douglas County. According to a museum release, such donations would "help document the current T-shirt phenomenon in our society and form a significant permanent collection for the museum." T-shirts had evolved "from GI underwear into an outerwear communication tool," said curator Mary Margaret Rowen. "They express one's philosophy or connection with an organization or event.... Items don't have to be 50 or 100 years old to be valuable historically."

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