Arts & Culture

February 2, 2014

Catlin’s depictions of American West on display at Wichita Art Museum

Buffalo have always been important to Kansans – so much so that in 1955 the buffalo became the state animal. A few years earlier, Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite song, “Home on the Range,” had become the state song. The first line to this song, “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,” was penned in Smith County during the early 1870s, just 40 years after Western artist George Catlin began his study of the buffalo.

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