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Good Deeds: Cowtown keeps marshal volunteer involved with history

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at 7:11 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.

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Jim Lamb is enamored with the Old West.

At 63, he has spent the past three years volunteering as one of the marshals at Old Cowtown Museum.

He is one of about 250 volunteers who are living history interpreters at Cowtown, ranging in age from a few months old to 80.

“They are essential to what we do,” said Jacky Goerzen, volunteer coordinator at Old Cowtown. “We would not have a museum if it weren’t for the volunteers.”

It is not a huge stretch for Lamb to portray a lawman. He spent three decades as a law enforcement officer – two years with the Great Bend Police Department and 28 years with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“I have always been involved working with people, and at the museum I can interact with people,” Lamb said.

At Cowtown, he has portrayed both a city marshal and U.S. marshal.

“It is a lot of fun to be able to interact and talk about the history of the Old West and Wichita,” Lamb said. “Once you start looking at the history, you become more involved. It is both a great pastime and hobby.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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