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Wichita’s Cowtown has new director

A re-enactor at Cowtown stands in the doorway of the blacksmith’s shop at Cowtown Museum. Cowtown has a new director.
A re-enactor at Cowtown stands in the doorway of the blacksmith’s shop at Cowtown Museum. Cowtown has a new director. Eagle file photo

Jacky Jacobs Goerzen has been named the new director at Old Cowtown Museum.

Goerzen has worked at the living history museum since 2007 and has served as an interpreter and volunteer coordinator. She has been the museum’s interim director since director David Flask resigned in January.

Goerzen, 36, has lived in Wichita since she was 10. She is a 1997 graduate of North High School and received her bachelor’s degree in history from Wichita State University in 2010.

“The best thing for Cowtown is to have a leader that understands how all the levels at Cowtown have worked and how those affect the museum,” Goerzen said Monday. “I want to ... do things that will draw new people and keep us fresh and relevant.

“Museums have to change the way they do business because the public is changing. I want to move us forward.”

Flask had served as Cowtown director since 2008.

Cowtown will work this year to implement its strategic plan. One of the goals is getting a new security and fire detection system to comply with re-accreditation requirements.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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