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Good Deeds: Museum volunteer aims to share enthusiasm for history

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at 1:21 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 12:34 p.m.

Barbara Brotton gets people excited about history, particularly Kansas history.

For more than two decades Brotton taught at Wilbur Middle School where her students almost always were among the state’s top contenders in National History Day.

Brotton has been a docent the past three years at the Wichita/Sedgwick County Museum.

Her mission hasn’t changed.

“What I liked best about teaching was working with kids and history,” Brotton said. “Kids don’t realize how much they like history until they have a chance to experience it.”

Museum director Eric Cale, calls her enthusiasm “infectious.”

“She’s like a kid herself,” Cale said. “She seems to have endless energy for this.”

When it comes to Kansas history, Brotton wants us to know that history is all about people.

“Our kids have all the technology available to them and they feel sorry for people who lived back then,” Brotton said. “They don’t realize these were interesting people. I ask them if they are an interesting person and why do you think everybody before you wasn’t?”

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