Gatchell Museum Hosts Focus Group On New Exhibit

Gatchell Museum Hosts Focus Group On New Exhibit

On Wednesday the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo hosted a number of people from the community acting as a focus group to view and give feedback on a new exhibit the museum is hoping to present this spring.

About 15 people took part in the focus group and previewed an exhibit on Tom Horn and Charles Gatewood, two characters with ties to Johnson County, the Cattle War and other historical events of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Museum Director John Gavin said the reason museums use focus groups is to better connect with the community, gather the public's opinions and see how they can improve the exhibit.
The Gatchell has re-done all of their exhibits in the last nine years and have only sought feedback on one in that time.
They would like to do more of these focus groups in the future.

Gavin explains why he believes the process of the focus group is important.

The type of information received from the focus group is not normally received from visitors to the museum, he said, and is invaluable to making the museum better.

The exhibit from the focus group is scheduled to open in the museum this spring.

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