Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum Art Museum Mondays may stretch due to overwhelming popularity – Sheridan Media


According to the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, in the spring of 1900 pharmacist Theodore James Gatchell opened Johnson County’s first pharmacy. The Buffalo Pharmacy became a popular stopover for cowboys, lawyers, settlers, cattle barons and famous army scouts. Gatchell became a trusted friend to area Native Americans, local residents, and those passing through town. Gatchell made many friends and these friends brought the pharmacist many gifts. From firearms to medicine kits, bows and arrows to clothing, these gifts now help tell the story of Gatchell and Johnson County inside the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

But with a little help from staff and donors, the museum also brings art to the community, especially children. Museum assistant Kelsey McDonnell is an accomplished artist. In collaboration with museum educator Jennifer Romanoski and museum director Sylvia Bruner, the Art Museum Mondays program was born.

This incredibly successful program gets kids ages 7-12 to learn techniques and artistic skills that will fuel their creativity.

While appearing on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, Bruner said Art Museum Mondays currently have a waiting list of children. But thanks to public interest and generous sponsors, they plan to expand the program to include more sophisticated art techniques and older children.

S. Bruner

Bruner said to watch for more information as it becomes available as space fills up quickly. Bruner told listeners that the tentative age for participation in the program expansion is currently 13 to 15 and could happen as early as next year. For more information on the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, click here.

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