Exhibit Journal

High Plains Museum

Exhibit Dates: January 23 – March 14, 2017
Location: Goodland, KS
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The installation at the High Plains Museum made possible through the generous financial support of The Buffalo Guys (Ken Klemm, Goodland, Kansas) and Buffalo Gold Premium Fibers (Cecil Miskin, Goodnight, Texas)

TV interview with bison rancher Ken Klemm and museum director Samantha Philbrick

From Sami, sent while the exhibit was in Goodland:

“The comments were always complimentary; amazing, lots of great information, and several had already seen this exhibit but love it so much they came to look at it again.  Parents and kids really enjoyed the interactive components to this exhibit.  Linda noticed that every age group loved this exhibit.”

“Best opening exhibit the museum has ever had.”

“School groups that are not always available to come to the museum … have bent their schedules and budgets and have come in droves for this exhibit nevertheless.”

List of events:

– An opening in conjunction with Kansas Day which allowed people to come and view the exhibit with a special appearance by Ken Klemm and several live buffalo.

-February 18 the National Buffalo Association and the Klemm Buffalo Ranch hosted the workshop “The Bison Advantage – Bison and Modern Day Agriculture.”  The workshop took place from 8-12 on the Klemm Ranch and they talked about the realities of ranching.  In the evening a panel discussion was held at the museum, with the Vice President of the NBA, Ken, and a local banker to discuss how bison fit into the greater agricultural narrative.

-March 11 the museum hosted “Buffalo on the High Plains: Sharing Local Buffalo History”, a chance for local residents/historians to come and share their own bison stories as well as learn history from Ken Klemm and John Carson.  Mr. Carson is an interpretive ranger from Bent’s Fort, a professional historian and great-great grandson of Kit Carson!