Cowtown and the Mid-America All-Indian Center are joining more than 2,000 museums across the United States to offer free admission this summer to military personnel and their families through Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. The program runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1.
The free admission program is open to active duty U.S. military personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps. Military identification is necessary and up to five family members may accompany each military member.
At Cowtown, Blue Star Museums participants are invited to take tours of its grounds with 54 historic and re-created buildings, participate in education programs, interact with interpreters dressed in period clothing and attend events and re-enactments that include “Age of the Gunfighter” on Aug. 30. Daily activities include gunfights at noon and 3:30 p.m., carriage rides from 11:30-4 p.m., blacksmithing demonstrations and more. Additional information about Cowtown’s programs can be found at OldCowtown.org or by contacting Director David Flask at (316) 350-3311 or email@example.com.
The Indian Center offers many opportunities to learn about American Indian history and culture through its Wednesday Community Nights, biweekly Share our Culture presentations/lectures held from 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month and Museum exhibits that include:
- "Tsate Kongia: Walking in Two Worlds, the Life of Blackbear Bosin," an in-depth look into the personal and professional life of Bosin, one of the founders of the Indian Center and the man behind Wichita’s iconic Keeper of the Plains sculpture.
- "Indians in Aviation,” the untold stories of the Indians who moved to Wichita during World War II to work behind the scenes building airplanes at Boeing Wichita, Cessna Aircraft Co. and Beech Aircraft. A documentary commissioned by the Indian Center is the focal point of the exhibit.
- "Carry Our Prayers to Heaven," featuring bird feathers and feathered objects from the mid-1880s to 1900s that continue to be held sacred by indigenous cultures around the world.
More information about Indian Center programs can be found at TheIndianCenter.org or by contacting Director April Scott at (316) 350-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowtown and the Indian Center are two of six participating Blue Star Museums in Wichita. Botanica, the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum round out the list.