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Civil War Sampler Weekend

Contact: Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services |

Quilt workshop part of two-day event at Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown Museum will host its 2nd annual Civil War Sampler Weekend April 17-18 to give visitors a chance to relive this defining time in American history. Activities will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Regular museum admission rates apply (see below for prices). In addition, on Saturday night from 8-10 p.m., there will be a period dance with music by the Flatland String Band held in Cowtown’s Turnverein Hall for an additional $5.

The public can also take part in a quilt-making workshop which highlights the role women played in the war effort by making quilts for soldiers. Workshop participants will make their own quilt block project using Civil War-era patterns. Space is limited, and the deadline to sign up is Monday, April 5. To register for this workshop, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sheri Gaskins at (316) 350-3317.

The two-day event also includes lectures on Civil War-era music and fashion (mourning dresses, hairstyles and the history of the cravat). Pre-registration is not required for the lectures.

The authenticity of the Civil War Sampler Weekend is made possible by Civil War re-enactment groups that include: the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry; 9th Texas Infantry; McClain’s Independent Battery Colorado Volunteers; 3rd Kansas Artillery; and Elliott’s Scouts. Soldiers from the North and South will do battle on Cowtown’s streets with period weaponry and participate in military drills. A big section of Cowtown will be devoted to Sutler’s Row, where vendors will be selling an array of period reproductions and souvenirs.

For more information about the Civil War Sampler Weekend, contact Cowtown at (316) 219-1871 or visit

Cowtown 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. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

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