NEWS RELEASE
October 10, 2016
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664

“FIREARMS OF THE OLD WEST” COMING UP OCT. 18 IN EVENING AT MUSEUM

Southwest Kansas are welcome at the next Evening at the Museum program, entitled “Firearms of the Old West.” The presentation is scheduled at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the meeting room of the Finney County Historical Museum, with free admission.

The session will be presented by Lary Cole, Holcomb, a retired Kansas Highway Patrol officer who participates in local historical re-enactments and competes in the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. While he won’t be assuming any historical personas for the program, Cole periodically portrays Garden City co-founder C.J. Buffalo Jones for the Finney and Kearny County Historical Societies.

He also maintains a collection of actual and reproduction firearms from the 19th and early 20th Century, and competes with them in Kansas and surrounding states. He has conducted research on the rifles, pistols and shotguns used in the American West, and plans to show some of his own vintage weapons to the audience.

The museum is located at 403 S. Fourth in Finnup Park, and those who attend should use the north entrance. The museum will provide beverages and dessert, and listeners are welcome to bring their own dinner, if desired.

The series features programs on history-related topics at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April. The hour-long sessions are sponsored by Kansas Chapter 62 of the AT&T Pioneers.

The third year of fall museum gatherings opened Sept. 20 with “The Art of Collecting,” offered by Garden City antique buyer and seller Jody Bennett. The Nov. 15 session, “My Immigration Story” will involve local and area residents sharing tales about their families coming to Southwest Kansas.