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Celebrating the Pizza Hut Museum opening
Nearly 300 attended festivities on WSU Innovation Campus


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The Pizza Hut Museum is in this 500-square-foot building that housed the original Pizza Hut restaurant in Wichita. It is located on the WSU Innovation Campus, just south of the Marcus Welcome Center (pictured behind the museum.)

The Pizza Hut Museum is now open to visitors on the WSU Innovation Campus, following a grand opening celebration on April 25 that included a ribbon cutting, remarks from Pizza Hut cofounder Dan Carney and other dignitaries, and a reception at the museum site.

Carney and his wife, Gayla, joined with the WSU Foundation in planning the event, inviting many of their business associates, Pizza Hut franchisees and friends made over the past 60 years. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the opening in 1958 of the first Pizza Hut restaurant in Wichita. That 500-square-foot building is now home to the Pizza Hut Museum.

The Carneys donated most of the mementos and artifacts on display in the museum. The WSU Foundation raised about $1.2 million in private funds to pay for the costs of moving the building to the Innovation Campus and transforming it into a museum. Many Pizza Hut franchisees and business partners donated to the project.

Those attending the opening ceremonies heard from speakers that included WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King; WSU President John Bardo; Bill Walsh, owner of Daland Corp., a Wichita-based franchisee; Andy Rosen, chairman of the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association; and Artie Starrs, president of Pizza Hut US.

“Seeing that little building, so full of memories, on the WSU campus is humbling,” said Dan Carney, co-founder. “The museum represents an example of entrepreneurship that began in Wichita and at what was then Wichita University. It showcases not only the challenges and achievements of my brother and me, but also the dedicated franchisees who shared risks and ambition in building a global organization.”

Part of the money raised for the project will be used to create an endowment to pay stipends to WSU students who will help curate the museum, staff it during public hours and market it. Those applied learning opportunities will be available to students in disciplines such as history, museum studies and communications.

The museum, dedicated to the historical, cultural and entrepreneurial story of Pizza Hut, is located just south of Marcus Welcome Center. Summer hours will be noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is free.

The original Pizza Hut restaurant was first moved to the WSU campus in the 1980s. It had various uses but, in recent years, had stood vacant and unused before being moved to the Innovation Campus.

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