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Call (316) 350-3323 for more information about any events listed below.​
  • Jan 27
    Winter Lecture Series: Becoming Kansas, Becoming Wichita

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person (FREE for members)

    ​Presented by Anthony Horsch, Director of Education and Interpretation at Old Cowtown Museum.

    Through many accidents of history, on January 29, 1861 - Kansas became the 34th state in the Union. The state was not created by design, rather by persons taking advantage of the situations that were presented to them. We will do an overview of the forces that brought the state to being as well as how the seeds were planted for the future Wichita.

  • Feb 10
    Winter Lecture Series: Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person (FREE for members)
    Location: Visitor's Center

    ​The Victorians believed a stable society was founded on a stable married home. The ultimate goal of women and to a lesser degree men to form unions of affection for the future. Pretty rational, one might say, but the Victorians have a reputation as hopeless romantics. As is often the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle. On the most romantic of days, we will consider romance, affections and their expressions in the Victorian Era. Such reflections may impact your plans for the week!

  • Feb 24
    Winter Lecture Series: Banking in Early Wichita

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person (FREE for Members)
    Location: Visitors Center

    Presented by James Vannurden, Curator at Old Cowtown Museum.

    Banking in early Wichita was much different than today. Did you know a common bank practice charged patrons 60% annually for a loan? Curator James Vannurden will discuss early local bankers such as WC Woodman as well as the banking scandal of 1876.​

  • Mar 10
    Winter Lecture Series: When Temperance Ruled the Land!

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person (FREE for Members)
    Location: Visitors Center

    ​Presented by Anthony Horsch, Director of Education and Interpretation at Old Cowtown Museum.

    In 1880 Kansas began a grand social experiment as the first state to outlaw general sale of alcohol. This was the first step toward a nationwide prohibition of alcohol and an amendment to the consitution. What were the factors leading up to the action in 1880, and why was Kansas so ripe for such an act of social activism? How did this drive affect those in Wichita? We will explore the beginning forces and the local actors that set the trend for national action.

  • Mar 24
    Winter Lecture Series: The Munger House

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person (FREE for Members)
    Location: Visitors Center

    Presented by Keith Wondra, Assistant Curator at Old Cowtown Museum.

    In 1868-1869, Darius Munger constructed his house and hotel on the northwest corner of 9th and Waco. Over the years and through different owners the house has survived to become one of the oldest structures in Wichita. Keith Wondra will explain the history of the Munger House and its role in the creation of Wichita and the founding of Old Cowtown Museum.​