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Posted on: March 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Boot Hill Museum - Bison Exhibit

Boot Hill Museum - Bison Exhibit


Christina Million, Hospitality Coordinator

February 24, 2021

Bison Exhibit Coming to Boot Hill Museum 

Beginning February 24, through April 4, Boot Hill Museum will host Bison, a traveling exhibit featuring a cultural and natural history of the American Bison. 

Bison explores the significance of bison in the cultures of Plains Indian peoples—particularly as a resource for food, clothing, shelter, and tools. That coexistence changed dramatically with the closing of the frontier that brought new settlers with livestock to compete for grass and water during a time of climate and habitat change. These developments were exacerbated by the commodification of the bison as hide and bone in late nineteenth-century industrialization. For 35 years the Kauffman Museum has curated, designed, and fabricated special exhibitions to share beyond their home in the central plains The exhibit will be on display in the Mariah Gallery located just off the lobby of the new expansion at Boot Hill Museum. A big component of the STAR Bond expansion was the ability to bring new and exciting content and exhibits to Dodge City and the surrounding communities. The STAR Bond expansion was a project that included Boot Hill Museum, the City of Dodge City, and the Kansas Department of Commerce. “This will be the first of many traveling exhibits that will be brought to our visitors.” Executive Director of Boot Hill Museum Lara Brehm said, “Our hope is that visitors of all ages will come and enjoy all Boot Hill Museum, and Dodge City has to offer!” 

Boot Hill Museum would also like to give special thanks to the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas for their support of the exhibits scheduled to be on display in 2021. Bison will be included with general admission to the museum. Boot Hill Museum would like to remind all Ford County Residents that admission is free with proof of residence. 

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