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Call (316) 350-3323 for more information about any events listed below.​
  • Feb 23
    2020 Winter Lecture Series: Catholics in Early Wichita

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person, tax included. Cowtown members and volunteers FREE

    Did you know the first Mass celebrated in Wichita was located at the home of the Meaghers in the summer of 1869, yet the Diocese of Wichita wasn't established until 1887? In February, curator James Vannurden will discuss the early history of Catholics in Wichita not only including churches, but also schools, people, celebrations, and a hospital.​

  • Mar 8
    2020 Winter Lecture Series: Coloring the Victorian World: Lithography and Louis Prang

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person, tax included. Cowtown members and volunteers FREE.

    In the modern era there is color on everything from packaging to newspapers. In the black and white world of the early Victorian era, enterprising men used new processes and techniques to make color a daily part of everyone's lives.​

  • Mar 22
    2020 Winter Lecture Series: Vice in Early Wichita

    Time: 2-3pm
    Fee: $3/person, tax included. Cowtown members and volunteers FREE.

    Wichita in the 1870s was no different than the other western towns scattered on the map that developed around the cattle trade and farming. While many prominent businessmen and women struck their claim along the Arkansas River, other businesses prospered around less than admirable cravings. Businesses existed that centered on such vices as gambling, alcohol, and prostitution. These establishments sprinkled in the city landscape alongside the doctor's offices, general stores, and banks. While some of them tried to keep a low profile, others flaunted their excitements to the population with those hopes of gaining clientele. Keith Wondra, assistant curator, will talk about Wichita's vice scene ranging from the cattle drives to state prohibition in 1880.​