Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Maurice Clifton Naftzger
1884 - 1972
A member of a pioneer banking family which settled in Wichita during the 'boom' period of 1886, Mr. Naftzger devoted nearly seventy years of his life to banking. As an ardent patron of the arts and because of his strong ties to the city he grew up with, Mr. Naftzger contributed much to our cultural heritage. His gifts were directed to the fields of education, art and music. The Naftzger Art Collection, donated to the Wichita Art Museum, is one of the finest in the country. Major contributions were also presented to the Wichita Symphony and the Wichita Public Library. The Naftzger name is still prominent in the cultural life of our city through continued participation by the family.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
the song of the birds for mirth,
one is nearer God's heart in the garden
than anywhere else on earth.
Dorothy Frances Gurney
Park Dedication Mar. 13, 1979
Erected 1979 by City of Wichita.
Location. 37° 41.151′ N, 97° 19.886′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and St. Francis Street, on the right when traveling east on Douglas Avenue. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Area History (here, next to this marker); The Eaton Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Hauser Garrison Dry Goods Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCormick Harvester Building (about 600 feet away); College Hill Streetcar No. 230 (about 600 feet away); Commercial / Residential Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away); F. G. & C. H. Smyth & Sons Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walterscheid Pump Factory & Machine Shop Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
Also see . . . Naftzger Memorial Park, Wichita. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Environment • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.