Event launches Cowtown’s spring/summer season
Cowtown is kicking off its spring/summer season with Civil War Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Civil War Day gives adults and children a glimpse into the daily lives of Union and Confederate soldiers and their families during this pivotal time in U.S. history. Regular admission rates apply. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Civil War Day is an annual event that immerses visitors in the time period through realistic soldier campsites, medical units, battles and the sounds of cannon and rifle fire around every corner. The authenticity of Civil War Day is made possible by Civil War reenactment groups that include:
8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry
McLain’s Independent Artillery Battery
3rd Independent Kansas Light Artillery, Battery B
2nd Kansas Company C
9th Texas Infantry - Red River Battalion
4th Arkansas Infantry
New additions to the one-day event include presentations by guest lecturers. Marla Matkin, an independent scholar and performer from Hill City, Kan., will speak about “Victorian Fun and Frivolity.” Cynthia Naughton, who works as a hairstylist/make-up artist for Kansas history films produced by Hutchinson-based Lone Chimney Films, will discuss “Ladies Hairstyles of the Period.”
For more information about Civil War Day, call (316) 350-3323 or visit OldCowtown.org.
Cowtown admission prices: Adults, $7.75; senior citizens, $6.50; youth ages 12-17, $6; children ages 4-11, $5.50; children under 4 and Museum members, free.
Established in 1952, Cowtown is one of the oldest living-history museums in the Midwest. The Museum preserves our community’s history by immersing visitors in experiences that represent life in Wichita from 1865 to 1880. Historic Wichita Cowtown Inc. works in partnership with the City of Wichita to enhance and further the Museum and its mission.