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Museum Day Saturday

9/22/2010
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 462-2787, ext. 742

Indian Center, Cowtown Offering Free Admission

The Mid-America All-Indian Center and Old Cowtown Museum are two of 18 area museums offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of Museum Day. The goal of Museum Day is to encourage people who may not normally visit museums to explore what their community has to offer. This is the third year City-operated museums have participated in the annual event.

The Indian Center will be open from 10 to 4 p.m. and Cowtown will be open from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visit museumdaywichita.com to view a list of participating museums and print off free admission tickets.

A variety of adult and youth activities will be offered at the Indian Center and Cowtown. The Indian Center’s museum features exhibits of traditional artifacts and contemporary art as well as various interactive activities which bring American Indian history to life. There are also outdoor exhibits that include full-size tepees and grass houses that depict how Plains Indian families lived in the 1850s. The Indian Center is located at 650 N. Seneca.

At Cowtown, 1865 W. Museum Blvd., museum-goers can take covered-wagon rides, dress up for old-style photos, view gunfight re-enactments in the street and take a break at the saloon’s snack bar to enjoy a sarsaparilla. There will also be a special vintage baseball game that day presented by the Cowtown Vintage Baseball Club. The Wichita Red Stockings and the Wichita Bull Dozers (names of actual baseball teams that played in Wichita during the 1870s) will take to the field near the DeVore Family Farm at 1:30 p.m. The Cowtown Vintage Baseball Club is a group of Cowtown volunteers that have traveled the state for the past six years playing other vintage baseball teams.

Museum Day is sponsored locally by Start-Thinking, KMUW, Women’s Focus, the Arts Council and the City of Wichita. The event is sponsored nationally by Smithsonian magazine.

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