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Cowtown Receives WCF Grant

Contact: Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services |

Funds will support museum’s youth programs

Old Cowtown Museum has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) to support its youth education programs.

Cowtown provides educational experiences year-round to nearly 7,000 area schoolchildren, youth groups and individual families to give them an understanding of life in the 1870s as Wichita was evolving from a cattle town to a business center.

Educational topics include farm life, old-time instruments and songs, city living, cowboys and cattle, one-room schoolhouses, Old West occupations and 1870s games and pastimes. Twenty-one of Cowtown’s programs are tied to state social studies standards. Cowtown staff members are gearing up for popular summer programs that include half-day or full-day sessions. To learn more about Cowtown’s summer youth activities, please visit and click on the “Education” tab or call 316-350-3322.

By exposing children to Wichita’s past, Cowtown hopes to strengthen their connection to the community and build an appreciation for the road that was traveled to get where we are today. It is a goal that the WCF shares, said Angela Cato of the City’s Arts & Cultural Services division. Since 1986, WCF has continued the rich Kansas tradition of nonprofit service and charitable giving by supporting programs, projects and organizations that creatively and successfully bind the community together to enrich the quality of life for all citizens.

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