Boot exhibit extended at Peabody library

Peabody Main Street Association has announced the extended viewing of the "Custom Cowboy Boots: The Kansas Story" exhibit at Peabody Township Library, 218 N. Walnut, Peabody.

The exhibit will be available to the public through Dec. 21. Exhibit hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Appointments also are accepted and groups are welcome. There is no charge to tour the exhibit but free will donations are accepted.

The high-heeled, below the knee, custom-made cowboy boot took form in post-Civil War Kansas, where cowboys bought their boots after collecting their pay at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Bootmakers in Kansas cowtowns responded to this market with footwear customized to the cowboy's individual foot and tastes. This exhibit focuses on contemporary custom bootmakers in Kansas who are working within a long-standing tradition. Actual work by Kansas bootmakers is included.

The exhibit is produced by the Kansas Historical Society with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information or to schedule an appointment outside the scheduled times, contact Kristen Hooper, director, Peabody Main Street Association, 620-983-2174 or