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Boot Hill Museum Announces New Executive Director

Judd Weil-News Director

Lyne Johnson (left) will take over for Lara Brehm Crotts (right) as Executive Director of Boot Hill Museum. [Photo Submitted: Boot Hill Museum]
Lyne Johnson (left) will take over for Lara Brehm Crotts (right) as Executive Director of Boot Hill Museum. [Photo Submitted: Boot Hill Museum]

The Board of Directors of Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kan. announced on March 21, they have selected Lyne Johnson as their next Executive Director.

Johnson currently serves as Assistant Director and will succeed Lara Brehm Crotts, who is departing April 1 after over twenty years at Boot Hill Museum.

Johnson first joined Boot Hill Museum in 2013 and has served as the Assistant Director for the past five years. As Assistant Director, she was part of the committee that oversaw the STAR Bond expansion, as well as development of the 12 new interactive exhibits included in the new building.

“The Boot Hill Museum Board of Directors initiated a nation-wide search for our next Executive Director in December 2021,” said Jessi Rabe, Chairman of the Boot Hill Museum Board of Directors. “We interviewed local candidates and candidates from several different states to find the very best fit. Lyne stood out from the beginning of the process based on her commitment to Boot Hill Museum’s mission and dedication to the moving the museum forward.

“The Board of Directors is thrilled to name Lyne as the next Executive Director and are confident that the Museum will continue to grow and thrive as a cornerstone of the tourism community in Dodge City.”

As executive Director, Johnson will work closely with the board and staff to ensure the Museum continues to be a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

In 2021, Boot Hill Museum reportedly welcomed almost 90,000 visitors leading to a record year.

“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization. We have great momentum and a lot of exciting things on our horizon, not just the museum, but Dodge City in general,” said Johnson. “I’m proud to represent the museum and our community because we all have a lot to be proud of. It has been an honor to work with Lara. She will be greatly missed, but I am confident we can continue the successful upward trend she began.”

A celebration for Lara Brehm Crotts is planned for May 2022.

“Lara was an integral part of Boot Hill Museum for over twenty years. Many of the great, impactful things that we’ve been able to accomplish are due to the perseverance and commitment from Lara,” said Rabe. “Lara’s mark on the museum will stand the test of time. The Board of Directors will miss her greatly and wish her the very best in the future.”

Boot Hill Museum is a destination for people all over the world to experience Dodge City history in unique ways. Boot Hill Museum is open 362 days per year and features 46 exhibits and a working Long Branch Saloon and Rath General Store. During the summer season, guests can watch the world-famous gunfights and Long Branch Variety Shows daily.

Boot Hill Museum is located at 500 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.

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