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The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West Traveling Exhibit

June 1, 2017 - November 13, 2018


The Chisholm Trail fundamentally changed the American West. From the birth of the cowboy as an icon to the revival of the cattle industry, the Old Chisholm Trail helped shape our popular culture by altering how we thought of the American West and the individuals who lived there. The Chisholm Trail:  Driving the American West is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. This traveling exhibit, a collaboration between Symphony of the Flint Hills and Flint Hill Design with major sponsorship from Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860’s to today. 

Exhibit highlights include the founding fathers of the Chisholm Trail, life on the trail, and the birth of the cowboy as an American icon. Several interactive explorations are included as well as several artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle. The exhibit embodies the spirit of the West in look and feel.

Host Locations:

Symphony in the Flint Hills, Cottonwood Falls, January 29 - March 7

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Wichita, March 9 - May 2

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Caldwell, May 4 - June 27

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, August 24 - October 17

Kaufman Museum, North Newton, December 14, 2017 - April 3, 2018

Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City, September 20, 2018 - November 13, 2018



Symphony in the Flint Hills
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home
Kaufman Museum, North Newton
Boot Hill Museum


Symphony in the Flint Hills
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Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 United States
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