Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125 #TBTThere’s a statue in Penn Valley Park not far from the Liberty Memorial – a man standing alone with a rifle in his hands. He’s “The Hiker” a tribute to Americans who served in the Spanish-American War (1898) in both Cuba and the Philippines; the Philippine Insurection (1899-1902) and the China Relief Expedition also known as the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901) in China. The statue was created by Theodora Alice Ruggles Kitson (1871 – 1932), who was professionally known as Theo Ruggles Kitson or Theo A. R. Kitson. The first Hiker was made in 1906 for the University of Minnesota. At least 50 copies of The Hiker were made and are located in Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, California and many other states. Kansas City’s was dedicated in 1947 with some former “Hikers” present at the ceremony.Mrs. Kitson’s artistic talent was recognized at a young age. In 1886 she began an apprenticeship with sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson who she later married. She was the first woman to be admitted to the National Sculptors Society in 1895 and gained national and international recognition for her work. Many of the sculptures Mrs. Kitson did related to military subjects and were acknowledged for their realism. #ThrowbackThursday #FromTheArchives | KC Parks Instagram Photos

Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125 #TBTThere’s a statue in Penn Valley Park not far from the Liberty Memorial – a man standing alone with a rifle in his hands. He’s “The Hiker” a tribute to Americans who served in the Spanish-American War (1898) in both Cuba and the Philippines; the Philippine Insurection (1899-1902) and the China Relief Expedition also known as the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901) in China. The statue was created by Theodora Alice Ruggles Kitson (1871 – 1932), who was professionally known as Theo Ruggles Kitson or Theo A. R. Kitson. The first Hiker was made in 1906 for the University of Minnesota. At least 50 copies of The Hiker were made and are located in Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, California and many other states. Kansas City’s was dedicated in 1947 with some former “Hikers” present at the ceremony.Mrs. Kitson’s artistic talent was recognized at a young age. In 1886 she began an apprenticeship with sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson who she later married. She was the first woman to be admitted to the National Sculptors Society in 1895 and gained national and international recognition for her work. Many of the sculptures Mrs. Kitson did related to military subjects and were acknowledged for their realism. #ThrowbackThursday #FromTheArchives

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