Curatorial Lectures

Date: 1/20/2023
Contact: James Vannurden |

While not my favorite aspect of the job due to stage fright, from time to time I am asked to give a lecture to various groups. Topics pertain to aspects of Cowtown and early Wichita history. I usually give between two and five lecture per year.

Beginning in January of each year, Old Cowtown Museum engages our visitors and volunteers by giving a series of lectures. This Winter Lecture Series occurs every other Sunday in January, February, and March for a total of six engagements. Topics depend on the individual presenter once the education director gives his approval. The lectures last roughly one hour.


This past Sunday I kicked off the series with a lecture on early Wichita citizen Marshall Murdock. Murdock came to Wichita in 1872 to start a newspaper; The Wichita Eagle continues to print news to this day. Murdock was also very involved within his community; he was postmaster, a free mason, and even president of a railroad!

Please consider attending out future lectures to learn about other exciting topics. Tickets are $3 each, and free admission is granted to museum members and volunteers. See the schedule below.