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Volunteer hopes to educate, pass on love of Kansas history to children

Christina Ashton portrays a woman from the 1870s as she helps out with Ghost Stories of Historic Delano at Accent Bridal, which used to be a bar and a brothel in the late 1800s. (Oct. 2, 2014)
Christina Ashton portrays a woman from the 1870s as she helps out with Ghost Stories of Historic Delano at Accent Bridal, which used to be a bar and a brothel in the late 1800s. (Oct. 2, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Christina Ashton believes it is important to teach the spirit of volunteerism to the next generation.

Whenever she can, she invites children to join her in dressing up and portraying characters from Wichita and Kansas’ past.

She’s been a cook, a gunfighter, portrayed a male Civil War soldier who is really a woman. She has been a ghostly figure in the Ghost Stories of Historic Delano tour.

Ashton has also helped make presentations on Kansas history at Maize Middle School. She serves as a volunteer for the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure. And, for the past five years, she has been a re-enactor at Old Cowtown Museum.

“My goal is to educate the public,” Ashton said. “My passion is about our lost treasures.”

She does presentations on pioneer times, focusing on early Wichita. She takes clothes and gadgets and helps children understand how things were used.

“For me, it is the smiles,” she said. “I love seeing the children fascinated. That’s my reward.

“To me, the more people I can reach out to the better, especially children. It is a must to get children involved.”

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

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