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Civil War Day

4/18/2012
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 462-2787, ext. 742

Event launches Cowtown’s spring/summer season

Old Cowtown Museum is kicking off its spring/summer season with extended museum hours and its first communitywide event of the year. Civil War Day will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday throughout the museum’s grounds at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Regular admission rates apply (see below for new spring schedule and admission prices).

Civil War Day gives adults and children a glimpse into the daily lives of Union and Confederate soldiers and their families. There are soldier campsites, medical units, battles and the sounds of cannon and rifle fire around every corner. Such authenticity is made possible by these Civil War re-enactment groups: the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry; 9th Texas Infantry; McLains Independent Artillery Battery groups; 3rd Independent Battery Kansas Light Artillery; and Elliott’s Scouts.

New additions to the one-day event include an educational lecture on “Minstrel Shows of the Civil War Era” by Dr. J.C. Combs, a retired Wichita State University professor, and a performance of Civil War-era spirituals by the ARISE singers.

For more information about the Civil War Sampler Weekend, contact Cowtown at (316) 350-3323 or visit www.OldCowtown.org.

Cowtown hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission prices: Adults, $7.75; senior citizens, $6.50; youth ages 12-17, $6; children ages 4-11, $5.50; children under 4, free. Old Cowtown Museum members also admitted free of charge.

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