Program – Singing the Cattle North – Jim Hoy

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Date(s) - 03/12/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum


Historian Jim Hoy explores how cowboy folk songs were more than entertainment on the lonely prairie. Through trail-driving songs, night-herding songs and bunkhouse or chuckwagon songs, cattle drovers produced a musical culture that still appeals to today’s ranchers who have traded their horses for four-wheelers and six-guns for cell phones. Hoy is a retired professor of English at Emporia State University. An authority on the folk life of ranching, he has published 12 books and over 100 articles on the topic.

On view through May 2nd, The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West 1867-2017 is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. This traveling exhibit, originating from Symphony in the Flint Hills and sponsored by Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today.

Exhibit highlights include interactives, video interviews with historians and scholars, video and audio clips of movies and songs, and life-size longhorn cattle.

The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West 1867-2017 is a joint project by Symphony in the Flint Hills and Flint Hills Design. Major funding comes from Lost Trail Soda.


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