Gatchell's 'Living History Day' Scheduled For This Weekend

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

The annual Living History Day, put on by the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, will be happening this year after all, and is scheduled for this coming Saturday, June 25th.

Earlier this spring, while the Gatchell Museum was dealing with financial woes, bringing on a new interim director, and trying to find coverage to keep the museum open with fewer staff members, the fate of this year's popular Living History Day was in question, with many thinking it might be wise to skip it altogether this year.

Sylvia Bruner was recently named the interim director.
She spoke to the Johnson County Commissioners in May and was asked about the fate of this year's Living History Day.
Bruner wasn't sure it would happen, but was hopeful it might.

The Living History Day is a go and will be this Saturday from 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon on the grounds surrounding the museum and historic courthouse downtown.

There will be many living historians portraying a frontier blacksmith; a map maker; Faro dealer; and members of the Powder River Justice committee.
In addition, there will be demonstrations on flint knapping, leather-working, carving, and gold panning among others, and those interested can try a mule ride.

The museum will offer free admission during the Living History Day to see the exhibits indoors, and there will be refreshments available as well.

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