Topeka Performing Arts Center

Topeka Performing Arts Center

As the center of population in Topeka grew south and west, so did the center of activity. In 1987, the Kansas Expocentre opened, and once the proud Municipal Auditorium seemed to have been replaced. On September 25, 1987, in vaudeville style, Max Morath performed the closing performance in the Municipal, appropriately titled "I'm Living a Ragtime Life," a selection from the 1900 opening, featuring the art slide collection of Topeka historian John Ripley. What transpired next would open a new chapter for entertainment in the capital city of Kansas.