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Dawn at Black Jack
5:00 AM - 7:00 AM | Wellsville,KS
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Battle of Black Jack Reenactment Weekend
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Wellsville,KS
Discover Fort Osage!
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Sibley,MO
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Battle of Black Jack Reenactment Weekend
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Wellsville,KS
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Summer Camp: Interacting with Our Environment
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Kansas City,MO
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Fried Chicken Dinner and Chicken Stories
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Shawnee,KS
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Summer Camp: A Civil War Field Hospital
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Kansas City,MO
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Making Doughnuts Demonstration
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Shawnee,KS
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Summer Camp: Adventure with the Pony Express!
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Kansas City,MO
 
 
 
 
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  • 6/6/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Wellsville, KS

    Battle of Black Jack Reenactment Weekend

    For the commemoration of the 164th anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack, we will be having full scale reenactments of the battle the weekend of June 6/7, 2020. We are working with the First Federal Division, a national organization of experienced reenactors, who will be bringing to Black Jack a group 100 participants who will have been fully vetted for their period clothing, weapons, and gear. They will camp out on site....details >>

  • 6/6/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Sibley, MO

    Discover Fort Osage!

    Celebrate the best of Jackson County's first National Historic Landmark with themed tours, family-friendly activities, story hours, food and drinks, hands-on experiences, music and more. There is so much to see, do and learn at Fort Osage. What will YOU discover?...details >>

  • 6/7/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Wellsville, KS

    Battle of Black Jack Reenactment Weekend

    For the commemoration of the 164th anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack, we will be having full scale reenactments of the battle the weekend of June 6/7, 2020. We are working with the First Federal Division, a national organization of experienced reenactors, who will be bringing to Black Jack a group 100 participants who will have been fully vetted for their period clothing, weapons, and gear. They will camp out on site....details >>

  • 6/12/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Interacting with Our Environment

    When settlers arrived on the frontier, they made a significant impact on the local ecosystem. Explore the environment as the Wornall family would have interacted with it – from water management to observing native plants and animals. Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12....details >>

  • 6/17/2020 5:30:00 PM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Fried Chicken Dinner and Chicken Stories

    It was a common practice for 1920s Shawnee citizens to visit family and friends on a Sunday afternoon and share a fried chicken dinner. It even made the local newspaper “gossip” column! Feast yourself on a fried chicken dinner just like Grandma used to make and laugh at the antics of our plucky friend, the chicken, as told by one of the community’s best local storytellers. In addition, the Plain Ol’ A's Model A Ford Club will have their vintage vehicles in attendance....details >>

  • 6/19/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: A Civil War Field Hospital

    The Wornall House was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Learn about the Wornall family and how their lives were shaped by the Civil War, particularly from the perspective of nine-year-old Frank Wornall. Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12....details >>

  • 6/20/2020 11:00:00 AM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Making Doughnuts Demonstration

    Join us in our historic Hart-DeCaeny Farmhouse kitchen for a doughnut making demonstration. Using an actual 1920s recipe, museum staff will fire up our wood-burning cook stove and show you “how it was done” in the Twenties. Local farmers, interviewed by the museum, recount stories of smelling warm doughnuts wafting from the kitchen after a school day or sled ride down the hill in winter....details >>

  • 6/22/2020 10:00:00 AM  |  Ottawa, KS

    2020 Freedom's Frontier Partnership Meeting: Plaza 1907 Cinema

    Network with professionals from museums, historical societies, historic sites, libraries and archives, parks, tourism offices, universities and schools, and representatives from other history-related organizations. We'll provide updates on Freedom's Frontier programs and projects, provide speakers, seminars, planning sessions or other activities. We'll have lunch ($12-$15 - optional; bring your own, if you wish), and tour the meeting site. Stay for all or part of the meeting....details >>

  • 6/24/2020 7:00:00 PM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Jammin’ on the Green with the Kansas City Ukesters Friends of Shawnee Town Ice Cream Social

    The ukulele was one of the most popular musical instruments of the 1920s and every year the Kansas City Ukesters make it their business to enlighten us on the high merits of its sound. Annual concerts at the Museum’s Bandstand wouldn’t be complete without their refreshing renditions of popular music of the 20s. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinner! This year we’ll be combining their concert with our annual Friends of Shawnee Town ice cream social....details >>

  • 6/26/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Adventure with the Pony Express!

    “Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily.” Pony Express riders experienced excitement, danger, and adventure – and many riders were teenagers. Experience the excitement of the Pony Express during the brief 18-months that it was in existence. Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12....details >>

  • 7/8/2020 7:00:00 PM  |  Shawnee, KS

    History on Tap – Broadcasting the Twenties Sponsored by The Big Rip Brewing Company

    By 1930, the radio had become so popular that it merited its own column on the national census. Did you or did you not own your own radio? This was certainly not a question on the 1920 census when the radio, homemade or store-bought, was just making headway into the American home. Caitlin Eckhard, Executive Director of the Jackson County Historical Society, will tell us about the most ubiquitous invention to modernize the 1920’s and its powerful impact upon the lives of every homeowner in the...details >>

  • 7/10/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Life on the Frontier

    How did families like the Majors family interact with their homes and the objects within them? How did they accomplish daily chores without the aid of indoor plumbing and electricity? What kinds of relationships did they have and what did they do for fun? Put down the cell phone and step back into time and experience life on the Missouri/Kansas border in the nineteenth century. Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12....details >>

  • 7/11/2020 10:00:00 AM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Ukulele 101 – Beginning Workshop for Children 10 and Under

    Do you know a child who might be interested in learning how to play the Uke! In Ukulele 101, with ukuleles provided, they will learn tuning, strumming and even a little history about this very popular instrument in schools and on college campuses in the 1920’s. You will take away a handful of easy chords and a number of familiar songs to play.Open to Children 10 and under, each student must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: David Firman, KC Ukesters...details >>

  • 7/17/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Arts & Crafts

    Explore local history and the environment through fun and unique art projects. Get creative with us – we’ll even make crafts with our snacks! Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12....details >>

  • 7/22/2020 7:00:00 PM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Jammin’ on the Green with the Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra

    Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra will be back to once again jam at Shawnee Town. Under the direction of Kent Rausch, this 14 piece band will perform the same outrageously exciting music that made Kansas City THE place to be in the 20s through 40s. You don’t want to miss this! Light refreshments provided....details >>

  • 7/24/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Wild Wild West

    Saddle up for an exploration of the wild west–load your wagon, pan for gold, and giddy up! Learn about how people moved, communicated, and lived in the western United States while in the home of the famed frontier freighter Alexander Majors. Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12. Camp is $45/day if you register before April 10, 2020. Registration fees raise to $50/day after April 10....details >>

  • 7/25/2020 11:00:00 AM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Museum 1920s Automobiles “Up Close & Personal” Demonstration

    Once you’ve had an opportunity to look under the hood of an early 1920s automobile, you will never look at your own vehicle the same way! Vince Garrett, Museum Interpreter, and members of the Plain Ol’ A’s Ford Model A Car Club will be on hand to share their know-how and let you check under the hood of the Museum’s 1927 Nash sedan, 1928 Chevrolet sedan, and 1929 Ford Model AA truck. While you’re visiting Shawnee Town, make sure to walk ‘round the newly opened Fisher Chevrolet Dealership....details >>

  • 7/25/2020 11:00:00 AM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Museum 1920s Automobiles “Up Close & Personal” Demonstration

    Once you’ve had an opportunity to look under the hood of an early 1920s automobile, you will never look at your own vehicle the same way! Vince Garrett, Museum Interpreter, and members of the Plain Ol’ A’s Ford Model A Car Club will be on hand to share their know-how and let you check under the hood of the Museum’s 1927 Nash sedan, 1928 Chevrolet sedan, and 1929 Ford Model AA truck. While you’re visiting Shawnee Town, make sure to walk ‘round the newly opened Fisher Chevrolet Dealership....details >>

  • 7/31/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Myths, Mysteries, and Secrets

    How do we know what we know about history? Become a history detective to debunk common historical myths and see if you can discover the answers to all of your burning questions! Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12...details >>

  • 8/7/2020 9:00:00 AM  |  Kansas City, MO

    Summer Camp: Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    Who can work at a museum and what kind of jobs do they do? Meet people who work at a variety of museums, then become a junior staff member of the Wornall House! Learn how to handle historic objects, think critically, and create an exhibit that will be on display at the Wornall House for the entire month of August! Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 16....details >>

  • 8/8/2020 10:00:00 AM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Dog Days of Summer – Bring Fido to the Museum on a Leash!

    Every dog needs his day and yours is no exception. Bring her or him to Shawnee Town for contests, prizes, and visits with local vets, groomers, trainers, and friends. This year since we’re celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, there will be a special prize for the best dressed Women’s Suffrage pup. All dogs must be on a leash. There will be demonstrations, hands on activities, doggo items for purchase, and professional advice from our sponsors....details >>

  • 8/13/2020 10:00:00 AM  |  Baxter Springs, KS

    Freedom's Frontier 2020 Partnership Meeting: Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum

    Network with professionals from museums, historical societies, historic sites, libraries and archives, parks, tourism offices, universities and schools, and representatives from other history-related organizations. We'll provide updates on Freedom's Frontier programs and projects, provide speakers, seminars, planning sessions or other activities. We'll have lunch ($12-$15 - optional; bring your own, if you wish), and tour the meeting site. Stay for all or part of the meeting....details >>

  • 8/19/2020 7:00:00 PM  |  Shawnee, KS

    Notable and Notorious People of the Twenties – Movers and Shakers of the Women’s Suffrage

    On August 18, 1920, the State of Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. One week later, it became law. Come hear from President Woodrow Wilson, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Ida S. Bell, and Harry T. Burn. They will recount the amazing roles they played in its passage. Alice Paul will sew the 36th star on the Woman’s Suffrage banner and hold it aloft as we mark this important anniversary. Girl Scout partners!...details >>

  • 8/26/2020 7:00:00 PM  |  Shawnee, KS

    100th Anniversary Celebration and Jammin’ on the Green with the Grand Marquis

    This is THE date – the actual date - that Congress passed the 19th amendment 100 years ago! We will be Jammin’ with the Grand Marquis as we celebrate its passage with Girl Scouts presenting the colors and hoisting the Women’s Suffrage banner, songs, and anniversary cake. The Grand Marquis will feature songs by Bessie Smith, one of the all-time great female jazz performers of the day. Come help the community mark this momentous occasion!...details >>

  • 9/10/2020 10:00:00 AM  |  Olathe, KS

    Freedom's Frontier 2020 Partnership Meeting: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

    Network with professionals from museums, historical societies, historic sites, libraries and archives, parks, tourism offices, universities and schools, and representatives from other history-related organizations. We'll provide updates on Freedom's Frontier programs and projects, provide speakers, seminars, planning sessions or other activities. We'll have lunch ($12-$15 - optional; bring your own, if you wish), and tour the meeting site. Stay for all or part of the meeting....details >>

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