Temporary Exhibit

Date: 7/22/2020
Contact: James Vannurden |

To celebrate the founding of Old Cowtown Museum, a new temporary exhibit explores the 70 year history of our great museum. To do this, the curatorial department is showcasing its collection of Cowtown memorabilia. We also enlisted the help of a local organization to round out the display.

Cowtown has created many publications over the years. From guidebooks to brochures, Cowtown aims to inform the public. During the 1960s, Cowtown printed its own newspaper, titled Cow Town Vidette. And in 2016, local history student and future assistant curator Keith Wondra published an entire book on the history of the museum.


Cowtown has hosted multiple short films and full feature movies, using its great backdrop to create big screen content. The museum appeared in the second and third installment of the Hollywood film trilogy Sarah: Plain and Tall. Other films include King Kung Fu, Outlaws and Lawmen, Stolen Women Captured Hearts, and Midnight Shanghai. A list of all the films is included in the display.

Finally, the Girl Scout of America were a very important part of the history of Cowtown. The girls gave scripted, guided tours to the public. They were vital in keeping Cowtown in the minds of Wichita citizens for decades. A local chapter loaned us two uniforms from the early time of the scouts' presence at Cowtown; they even have original Cowtown badged sown on.



For anyone interested in reliving the past 70 years of Cowtown, please come out and see our new temporary exhibit. It will be displayed until the fall.