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Boot Hill Museum to Host Celebration of Life for Original “Dodge City Kitty.”

In March of this year, Boot Hill Museum was saddened by the passing of our very first Dodge City Kitty –
Rosemary Mock. In honor of her, the Museum is pleased to announce that a Celebration of Life
service will be held in the Long Branch Saloon for Mrs. Mock on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6pm.
Members of the Mock family will be in attendance as will past and present Miss Kittys. The family has
also indicated that items from Mrs. Mock’s personal collection of show memorabilia will be donated to
the Museum. Executive Director, Lara Brehm said “we are excited to be recipients of Mrs. Mock’s items
and hope to include them as part of new exhibits being planned for the Museum”. Mrs. Mock, along
with her husband – Dr. Lewis Mock, founded the Long Branch Variety Show in the summer of 1958 over
the 4 th of July weekend to celebrate the grand opening of the newly built Front Street Replica. Because
of the immense popularity of the show, it continued nightly for the rest of that summer. The show has
been presented every summer since – and celebrated its 61 st season in 2018. The same format for the
show is still in place today and includes several of Mrs. Mock’s original songs. Show Director, Doug
Austen said, “What Mrs. Mock created 60+ years ago has stood the test of time and is still entertaining
travelers passing through Dodge City just as it did in 1958”. Mrs. Mock was also active in other aspects
of the arts in Dodge City including teaching dance at St. Mary of the Plains College. She was also active
the Way-Off Broadway players and because of what she established at Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City
now has The Depot Theater Company which was an off-shoot of the Long Branch Variety Show.