The Boot Hill Museum will celebrate their 70th anniversary with a platinum party this Thursday.

The Boot Hill Museum has been a major facet to the legacy of Dodge City for several years, welcoming tourists and locals to view the rich history of the town. 

This Thursday marks 70 years since Boot Hill Museum was established in Dodge City, and the museum is holding a platinum party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in celebration.

“The museum has been here for 70 years, and so we kind of want to show our appreciation for the many years of support,” said Laura Tawater, marketing manager for the museum. “We’re also doing this so people will be aware of how long we’ve been here.”

Coincidentally, 2017 also marks the 60th season of the Long Branch Variety Show, which is featured every summer. According to Tawater, this is also a component to the celebration.

“There will be entertainment in the Long Branch Saloon, and there will probably be some talk about the (variety) show too,” said Tawater. “We’ll have some can-can dancers here and some gun fighters and they’ll be doing some entertainment to kind of highlight the old variety shows.” 

The gun show will take place at 6 p.m

During this entertainment segment, some special guests will be in attendance. Tawater stated that Connie Olson Nixon, Karen May Ward and Linda West Koch, original can-can dancers from the variety show in 1958, will be visiting town to attend this party. 

“We’re really highlighting the 60 seasons of the Long Branch Variety Show,” said Tawater. “These ladies have been a part of that, and that’s pretty special that they’re coming here for that.”

On top of this, a few former gunfighters, one being Jacque Barngrover, will also be in attendance.

To recognize 70 years of service in the community, the platinum party will feature numerous activities and contests for guests.

“We will have drawings and prizes available,” said Tawater. “We have our grand prize package which is 70 Long Branch Variety Show tickets.”

A free hamburger feed will be available to the first 500 guests to attend and sarsaparilla will be on sale for 0.70 cents. Guests will be welcome to take photos with Miss Kitty and the Marshal, and Miss Kitty will also put on a special performance.

Along with this, the winners for a recent coloring contest held by the museum will be announced and awarded a prize. 

“We are also doing an association drive featuring challenge coins,” said Tawater. “During this, we’ll be sharing rendering of the new exhibits and information about the Boot Hill expansion project.”

Tours of new and updated exhibits will be offered to guests during the platinum party, one being an updated version of the ’guns that won the west’ exhibit, which will feature new displays.

Cookbook recipes will also be collected during this celebration. According to Tawater, all guests are also welcome to submit a recipe for the Boot Hill cookbook which will be sold in the Boot Hill Museum gift shop.

“We’ll have entry forms for recipes and they’ll submit a recipe of their choosing,” said Tawater. “They’ll also do a write-up of a connection or memory that they have of Boot Hill Museum, and that will be published along with their recipe.”

For more information on the Boot Hill Museum platinum party, visit www.boothill.org or call 620-227-8188.

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