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Good Deeds: Young Cowtown volunteers learning while they teach visitors

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.

It should be no surprise 12-year-old Caity West considers the living history complex at Old Cowtown Museum her second home.

When Angela West was pregnant with Caity, she was a history interpreter at Cowtown.

“I’d spend time in the Murdock and Munger homes telling the story of what it was like for women,” Angela West said.

More than a decade later, the West children — Caity and her brothers, Connor, 9, and Cole, 5 — have now become regular characters on the weekends as volunteers at Cowtown. They participate in the Kids at Cowtown program where they have learned about manners, cooking and the meaning of farm chores.

“We bake and garden at the farm,” Caity said. “We have been learning to take care of the animals. Last summer, I learned how to steer the horses, how to feed them and brush them. I’d rather have one of those than a car.”

Connor said he has learned to hold doors open for women.

“And, you don’t speak until you are asked,” he said of the extensive list of manners he is learning. He has helped till the soil at the farm and plant a garden.

Cole has discovered “horses eat hay.”

“They are learning a lot of things that kids miss out on today,” Angela West said. “I love that my son is learning to open doors for me and is learning respect.

“They are getting to do things that they wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise.”

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

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