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8/23/2016 - Cowboys and Clerics, a First Thursday Presentation

Cowboys and Clerics

Event Title:    Cowboys and Clerics, a First Thursday Presentation

Date:                   September 1, 2016

Time:                  5:30-6:30 pm

Location:              Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron, Salina, KS 67401

Admission:            Free

Program Information: Nona Miller, Curator of Education

Phone: 785.309.5776 (day)



General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director

Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)




Cowboys and Clerics

A free presentation is offered by the Smoky Hill Museum on Thursday, September 1, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join John Burchill as he looks into the early years of Kansas clergy and the colorful characters that made up our early faith communities, such as Pastor Gay of Mulvane who faced a gunman in church—and then converted him. Later, this converted gunman used his jail cell to preach to passersby in Winfield. Other congregations met in butcher shops, saloons, dugouts, and by the side of rivers. He’ll also discuss how abolitionists, early missions and the temperance movement all played a role in the lives of religious leaders in Kansas. Burchill is an author, popular speaker, criminal justice historian, and associate professor at Kansas Wesleyan University.

This presentation is made possible by the generous support of the Kansas Humanities Council.

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.