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  1. Summer Nature Walks

    August 8, 2015, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Fort Osage

    Summer’s flora and fauna will be emphasized as our naturalist takes visitors on a guided tour along the banks of the Missouri River, highlighting both indigenous and invasive species. Hiking shoes, camera and insect repellant will be the perfect companions for this unique offering!

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  2. Historic Cemetery Bus Tour

    April 16, 2016, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    The 1808 Osage Treaty, signed at Fort Osage, allowed for an extra six miles square around the Fort to be used for white settlement. This area, commonly known as the Six Mile District, became home to some of the earliest European-American settlers in western Missouri. Most of these immigrants were family farmers who came from eastern Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Jackson County Parks + Rec invites you to join us on a fascinating tour of historic cemeteries in the Six Mile District. Space is limited. Reserve your space before April 1, 2016! To reserve your space by phone, call 816-503-4860. Click on link below to register ONLINE!

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  3. Sheep Shearing

    May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Artisans will demonstrate the entire process of making wool from the shearing of the flock and washing of the fleece to carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Handcrafted fiber pieces are available for purchase.

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  4. Spring Nature Walks

    May 14, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Learn about the flora and fauna surrounding Fort Osage and enjoy a guided hike along the banks of the Missouri River. Special attention will be given to local species found during the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.

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  5. Children's Day & National Trails Day

    June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Kids will get a glimpse into simpler times through the time-honored games of yesteryear...tug-of-war, marbles and gunny sack races! A special exhibit exploring Jackson County's ever-expanding trail system is also included.

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  6. Independence Day

    July 4, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Experience Independence Day in the 1850's at this historic antebellum village. The Missouri Town 1855 celebration provides the perfect setting for a fun-filled day of activities. Highlight your day when you join in our July 4th parade along the village streets!

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  7. Bicentennial Anniversary of the Osage Treaty Line

    August 20, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, in cooperation with the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors, will host a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Joseph C. Brown's survey of the Osage Treaty Line. Originally negotiated during the 1808 treaty between the US and the chiefs of the Greater and Little Osage Nations, this line was intended to serve as the western and northern boundaries of the state. It represents the first boundary line actually surveyed in western Missouri. The commemoration will include demonstrations of surveying tools, dedication of a replica treaty line document, and a reenactment of the first leg of the line complete with cannon salute.

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  8. An Agricultural Century

    August 27, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Discover Missouri's rich heritage as an agricultural state when Missouri Town 1855 takes you on a 100 year agricultural journey. From ox teams in yoke to steam engines and gasoline powered tractors, experience the rapid evolution of farming in the Midwest during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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  9. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 24, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700's. Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier. Artisans will display custom made wares, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.

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  10. 41st Annual Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016 @ Missouri Town 1855

    Celebrate the arrival of Fall at Missouri Town 1855! Enjoy 1850's music and dance, horse drawn buggy rides, hot-spiced cider, children's games, period arts and crafts, and fun-filled hayrides. Now in its 41st year, the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival is one of our region's longest running consecutive festivals! Please, no pets.

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  11. A Christmas Celebration

    December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Spend a day experiencing how our mid-19th century ancestors would have prepared for Christmas. Skilled interpreters will share the customs of French, English and German settlers. Christmas carolers will provide a musical backdrop and piping hot tea will warm you as you stroll through the decorated antebellum structures. Children will be delighted by a visit from "Belsnickle".

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  12. The Life & Legend of Daniel Boone

    May 5, 2018, 9:30 AM - June 30, 2018, 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Visitors will come to understand who the real Daniel Boone was and how, during his lifetime, he became a national hero who was celebrated by the press and writers into the 20th century. Boone’s tie to Missouri covered more than two decades, including a visit to Fort Osage while on a hunting trip in 1816. Patrons will literally walk in Boone’s footsteps when they visit the reconstructed Fort and Factory trade house.

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  13. Home School Day #1

    June 11, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for the first of three very special Home School Days offered at Missouri Town 1855 this summer! Our staff and volunteers have put together some of our best educational offerings for you. Your child will experience life in a mid-19th century progressive farming village. They will explore the homes, businesses, and buildings from towns across western Missouri that have been reconstructed and relocated on 30 acres in Fleming Park. They will see heritage animals including sheep, chickens, oxen, and a Missouri mule. Our living history interpreters in period attire will bring the town to life as they demonstrate period crafts. and skills. Your child will also participate in children’s games, storytelling, and learn about candle making – including dipping candles and braiding a wick. Enrollment is capped at 20 students.

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  14. Home School Day #2

    July 9, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for the second of three very special Home School Days offered at Missouri Town 1855! Our team has put together some of our best educational offerings for you. Your child will get to experience life as it was in a mid-19th century progressive farming village, exploring 30 homes and structures from towns across western Missouri that have been reconstructed and relocated on 30 acres of land in Fleming Park. Your children will see heritage animals such as sheep, chickens, oxen, and a Missouri mule. Living history interpreters in period attire will bring the town to life, demonstrating period crafts and skills. Special activities include weaving, dancing and party games. Enrollment is capped at 20 students.

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  15. Home School Day #3

    August 13, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    This is the third special Home School Day offered at Missouri Town 1855 this summer! Your child will experience life in a mid-19th century progressive farming village, exploring 30 homes and structures from towns across western Missouri that have been reconstructed and relocated on 30 acres of land in Fleming Park. Your children will see heritage animals such as sheep, chickens, oxen, and a Missouri mule. Living history interpreters in period attire will bring the town to life, demonstrating period crafts and skills. Special activities include 19th century gardening, hearth cooking, rope making and log sawing. Enrollment is capped at 20 students.

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  1. Spirits from the Past

    October 23, 2015, 6:00 PM - October 24, 2015, 9:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park

    As darkness envelops Missouri Town, the village comes alive with goblins, ghosts and other spooky creatures. Visitors will encounter a variety of unworldly sights and sounds at this fun-filled family oriented Halloween event. Complimentary hot cider and a special appearance by Edgar Allen Poe are but a prelude to the haunted hayride that concludes this night of surprises. Advance reservations required!

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  2. Polar Plunge

    January 30, 2016, All Day @ Longview Lake Beach

    Be a Below-Zero Hero! This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics, Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition, for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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  3. Historic Cemetery Bus Tour

    April 16, 2016, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    The 1808 Osage Treaty, signed at Fort Osage, allowed for an extra six miles square around the Fort to be used for white settlement. This area, commonly known as the Six Mile District, became home to some of the earliest European-American settlers in western Missouri. Most of these immigrants were family farmers who came from eastern Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Jackson County Parks + Rec invites you to join us on a fascinating tour of historic cemeteries in the Six Mile District. Space is limited. Reserve your space before April 1, 2016! To reserve your space by phone, call 816-503-4860. Click on link below to register ONLINE!

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  4. Sheep Shearing

    May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Artisans will demonstrate the entire process of making wool from the shearing of the flock and washing of the fleece to carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Handcrafted fiber pieces are available for purchase.

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  5. Spring Nature Walks

    May 14, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Learn about the flora and fauna surrounding Fort Osage and enjoy a guided hike along the banks of the Missouri River. Special attention will be given to local species found during the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.

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  6. Children's Day & National Trails Day

    June 4, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Kids will get a glimpse into simpler times through the time-honored games of yesteryear...tug-of-war, marbles and gunny sack races! A special exhibit exploring Jackson County's ever-expanding trail system is also included.

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  7. Longview Charity Horse Show

    June 24, 2016, 5:30 PM - June 25, 2016, 5:00 PM @ Longview Horse Park

    This is the Midwest’s premiere horse show featuring American Saddlebred, Arabian, Morgan and Hackney breeds from more than seven states, including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

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  8. Independence Day

    July 4, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Experience Independence Day in the 1850's at this historic antebellum village. The Missouri Town 1855 celebration provides the perfect setting for a fun-filled day of activities. Highlight your day when you join in our July 4th parade along the village streets!

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  9. Bicentennial Anniversary of the Osage Treaty Line

    August 20, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, in cooperation with the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors, will host a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Joseph C. Brown's survey of the Osage Treaty Line. Originally negotiated during the 1808 treaty between the US and the chiefs of the Greater and Little Osage Nations, this line was intended to serve as the western and northern boundaries of the state. It represents the first boundary line actually surveyed in western Missouri. The commemoration will include demonstrations of surveying tools, dedication of a replica treaty line document, and a reenactment of the first leg of the line complete with cannon salute.

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  10. An Agricultural Century

    August 27, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Discover Missouri's rich heritage as an agricultural state when Missouri Town 1855 takes you on a 100 year agricultural journey. From ox teams in yoke to steam engines and gasoline powered tractors, experience the rapid evolution of farming in the Midwest during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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  11. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 24, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700's. Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier. Artisans will display custom made wares, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.

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  12. 41st Annual Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016 @ Missouri Town 1855

    Celebrate the arrival of Fall at Missouri Town 1855! Enjoy 1850's music and dance, horse drawn buggy rides, hot-spiced cider, children's games, period arts and crafts, and fun-filled hayrides. Now in its 41st year, the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival is one of our region's longest running consecutive festivals! Please, no pets. Listed among the Top 50 Fall Festivals in Missouri...

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  13. A Christmas Celebration

    December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Spend a day experiencing how our mid-19th century ancestors would have prepared for Christmas. Skilled interpreters will share the customs of French, English and German settlers. Christmas carolers will provide a musical backdrop and piping hot tea will warm you as you stroll through the decorated antebellum structures. Children will be delighted by a visit from "Belsnickle".

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  14. Polar Plunge

    January 28, 2017, All Day @ Longview Lake Beach

    Be a Below-Zero Hero! This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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  15. Spring Nature Walks at Fort Osage

    May 6, 2017, All Day @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Learn about the flora and fauna surrounding Fort Osage and enjoy a guided hike along the Banks of the Missouri River. Special attention will be given to local species found during the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.

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  16. Children's Day & Sheep Shearing

    May 6, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for the annual shearing of Missouri Town 1855’s resident flock of sheep. Skilled artisans demonstrate all aspects of wool productions from shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Kids will dive into a pie eating contest and join in the fun of games played by their ancestors in the mid-1800s.

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  17. Independence Day at Missouri Town 1855

    July 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Celebrate Independence Day the “old fashioned way” when Jackson County Parks + Rec’s Missouri Town 1855 presents its Annual Independence Day Celebration. More than 50 Missouri Town volunteers, attired in the period clothing of the 1850s, will celebrate our country’s founding and freedom. The Missouri Town Musicians and Dancers will perform throughout the day. Children will enjoy playing the games that were popular in the mid-19th century and have fun with crafts and activities of the era. Volunteers will prepare for the holiday with interpretive cooking and other authentic interpretations. Grab your quill pen and affix your signature to the Declaration of Independence. Everyone is invited to join in the ever-popular patriotic parade scheduled to take place around 12:30 pm.

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  18. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Explore the history of the early French explorers who settled at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the late 1700s. This annual event celebrates the French contributions to our regional history. Skilled interpreters, attired in appropriate late 18th century clothing, will lead you on a journey of discovery. Witness the arts, crafts and customs of these early European explorers and settlers.

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  19. 42nd Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 7, 2017 - October 8, 2017 @ Missouri Town 1855

    Discover why this popular annual fall event has been a family tradition for thousands over the past 40 years. Skilled interpreters will bring the antebellum living history site to life with the music, dance, games, crafts, and delicious foods of 1855. Watch Johnny Crawford, star of Rifleman, demonstrate roping skills. A full service food court will offer traditional festival culinary delights. Enjoy a fun-filled hay wagon ride with the entire family. Watch sorghum being harvested, round and boiled to form exquisite syrup. Skilled crafters will offer those special “one-of-a-kind” treasures, the perfect opportunity to start holiday shopping. Piping hot cider, fragrant wood fires and unique architecture makes this an ideal family autumn outing! Sorry, pets are not permitted.

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  20. Paranormal Investigation at Missouri Town 1855

    October 21, 2017, All Day @ Missouri Town 1855

    Visitors will participate in a search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters! Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site. Visitors will search for spirits throughout the village, including several of Missouri Town’s historic homes. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up straight! Advanced reservations are required.

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  21. Missouri Town 1855: A Christmas Celebration

    December 9, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    The chill of winter cannot stop staff and volunteers from sharing the joys of the holiday season with the many visitors who have made this annual holiday event a must. Warm hearth fires, simple but delicious food, period appropriate music and piping hot cider are but a few of the many treats awaiting our guests. Drop by the Blacksmith’s shop as he handcrafts some last minute items. A special appearance by Belsnickel will thrill the children as they are rewarded with either candy or a lump of coal. The simple beauty of candlelit rooms and a roaring fire transport us back to a simpler time. Join us and usher in your holiday in a most unique way!

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  22. Polar Plunge

    January 27, 2018, All Day @ Longview Lake Beach

    Be a Below-Zero Hero! This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

    More Details
  23. Children's Day & Sheep Shearing

    May 5, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for the annual shearing of Missouri Town 1855’s resident flock of sheep. Skilled artisans demonstrate all aspects of wool productions from shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Kids will dive into a pie eating contest and join in the fun of games played by their ancestors in the mid-1800s.

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  24. Spring Nature Walks at Fort Osage

    May 5, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Wear your hiking shoes, bring your camera and pack your insect repellent for this outdoor adventure! Enjoy a walk along the banks of the Missouri River and the grounds of the historic Fort. Learn about the native plant and animal species common to the area, with special attention given to the species found by Lewis & Clark during their 1804-1806 expedition.

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  25. Picnic at Missouri Town 1855

    May 26, 2018, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Pack your lunch and bring your family out for an 1855-style picnic. You will experience the formality and games that comprised picnics in the 19th century. A picnic basket full of traditional goodies will be raffled off at the conclusion.

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  26. Historic Wedding at Missouri Town 1855

    June 2, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Be our guest for a mid-1800s wedding! what did the bride and groom wear? Did they exchange rings? where did they choose to get married? See how wedding traditions have changed over time and help our frontier couple celebrate their union!

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  27. Day of Dance at Missouri Town 1855

    June 23, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Bring your kids or your favorite dance partner! The Missouri Town 1855 Dancers will demonstrate their skills and teach your family how to dance the traditional dances of yesteryear. Participants will learn a variety of contra dances (line dancing) under the direction of an experienced caller, set to the rhythm of stringed instruments.

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  28. Independence Day at Missouri Town 1855

    July 4, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Experience the festivities as the Missouri Town staff and volunteers celebrate America’s Independence. Patriotic speeches, children’s games, period cooking, dancing, and militia marches are a few of the many interpretive activities. Everyone is invited to join with the staff and volunteers as they march down the main road in the traditional Missouri Town Independence Parade!

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  29. Lost Arts Day at Missouri Town 1855

    July 14, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Explore the trades and arts that have been lost to time. Observe blacksmithing, wood carving, tinsmithing, crocheting, knitting, hand sewing and much more. Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  30. American Mountain Men Camp

    September 15, 2018, 9:00 AM - September 16, 2018, 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Discover how the traders and mountain men survived the rugged terrain of the western United States. Join the American Mountain Men of the Missouri River Brigade as they demonstrate daily activities from camp life to Native American sign language. Learn how these early traders interacted with native groups and how they transported goods across rugged and dangerous terrain. Pets are not permitted.

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  31. Paranormal Investigation at Missouri Town 1855

    September 15, 2018, 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Visitors will participate in a search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters! Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site. Visitors will search for spirits throughout the village, including several of Missouri Town’s historic homes. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up straight! Advanced reservations are required. Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  32. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 22, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Explore the history of the early French explorers who settled at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the late 1700s. This annual event celebrates the French contributions to our regional history. Skilled interpreters, attired in appropriate late 18th Century clothing, will lead you on a journey of discovery. Witness the arts, crafts and customs of these early European explorers and settlers. Pets are not permitted.

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  33. Historic Funeral at Missouri Town 1855

    September 22, 2018, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join the villagers as they mourn the loss of one of their own. Experience how mid-19th century settlers came together to overcome loss. Discover the traditions of early funerals and how they've changed over time. Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  34. 43rd Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018 @ Missouri Town 1855

    FALL FESTIVAL CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND. We are disappointed to announce that the annual Missouri Town Fall Festival is being cancelled due to parking and ground conditions after last night's heavy rain. Thanks for your understanding... we hope to see you next year!

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  35. Soap Making & Laundry Day at Missouri Town 1855

    November 3, 2018, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Learn the hygiene practices of Missourians in the mid-19th century. Learn how to make lye soap and how laundry was cleaned in the days before liquid detergent and high-efficiency washers and dryers. Take home a complimentary bar of lye soap as a souvenir of the day (while supplies last). Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  36. Missouri Town 1855: A Christmas Celebration

    December 8, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    The chill of winter cannot stop staff and volunteers from sharing the joys of the holiday season with the many visitors who have made this annual holiday event a must. Warm hearth fires, simple but delicious food, period music, an appearance by Belsnickle, and piping hot cider are but a few of the treats awaiting our guests. Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  37. Astoria Fur Trade Encampment

    March 16, 2019, 9:00 AM - March 17, 2019, 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Come learn about the rise of private fur traders as they compete with the United States’ Factory trade house at Fort Osage and European powers such as Spain and Great Britain. Hear of the adventures of these intrepid traders as they reach Native American trading partners on the upper Missouri River. Walk through a fur trader’s camp, handle traps, trade goods and equipment used in the 1810s.

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  38. Day of Dance

    April 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Bring your kids or your favorite dance partner to Missouri Town 1855! The Missouri Town Dancers will demonstrate their skills and teach visitors the traditional dances of yesteryear. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of contra dances (line dances) under the direction of an experienced caller and set to the rhythm of stringed instruments.

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  39. 38th Annual Kids Fishing Derby

    May 4, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Lake Jacomo - South Boat Dock & Beach Just north of Colbern Road, across from Lake Jacomo Campground located at 9200 Beach Road.

    This FREE fun-filled family event is open to kids ages 2 to 15 (must be accompanied by an adult) and includes a casting clinic and contest hosted by the Optimist Club of Lake Lotawana. The Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will weigh all of the fish caught. Trophy’s and a prize pack will be awarded to the top 10 kids that catch the biggest fish.... and every child who registers gets a free rod & reel compliments of Pure Fishing! All kids will need to bring their own fishing pole, bait and bucket to hold their catch!

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  40. Children's Day & Sheep Shearing

    May 4, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for the annual shearing of Missouri Town 1855’s resident flock of sheep. Skilled artisans demonstrate all aspects of wool productions from shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Kids will dive into a pie eating contest and join in the fun of games played by their ancestors in the mid-1800s.

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  41. Hearth Cooking Day

    May 25, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Experience the process of preparing a meal in the mid-19th Century over a crackling hearth fire. From food preparation and storage to cooking and presentation, you will learn how to use these historic cooking methods. Cook books with traditional recipes will be available for purchase.

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  42. Lost Arts Day

    June 8, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Explore the trades and arts that have been lost to time. Observe blacksmithing, wood carving, tinsmithing, crocheting, knitting, hand sewing and much more.

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  43. 4th of July Events Around Town

    June 28, 2019 - July 4, 2019, 9:30 PM @ All over Town!

    From Berkeley Park to Parkville, check out all of the Fourth of July activities and events around town to find an event near you! And be sure to add our own Independence Day 1855 at Missouri Town 1855 (detailed in a separate calendar listing) to your celebration!

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  44. Independence Day 1855

    July 4, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Experience the festivities as the Missouri Town staff and volunteers celebrate America’s Independence. Patriotic speeches, children’s games, period cooking, dancing, and militia marches are a few of the many interpretive activities. Everyone is invited to join with the staff and volunteers as they march down the main road in the traditional Missouri Town Independence Parade!

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  45. Local History and Book Expo

    August 3, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Visit the Fort Osage Education Center to meet historical authors, writers and Missouri booksellers. Experts will address a variety of historical topics. Find collectible books and documents related to American and Missouri History and experience the Fort's daily living history program.

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  46. 1856 Election Day

    August 24, 2019, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Come to Missouri Town 1855 and witness the political discussions and heated debates that surrounded the 1856 presidential debate. Politics in Missouri and around the nation are becoming quite turbulent and Americans are increasingly divided. Old political alliances are beginning to fall apart and a new party is on the rise. The nation is unsure of its future and the short term solutions that have traditionally kept the nation together are beginning to wear thin.

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  47. Paranormal Investigation at Missouri Town 1855

    September 14, 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Visitors will participate in a search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters! Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site. Visitors will search for spirits throughout the village, including several of Missouri Town’s historic homes. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up straight! Advanced reservations are required.

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  48. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 28, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Explore the history of the early French explorers who settled at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the late 1700s. This annual event celebrates the French contributions to our regional history. Skilled interpreters, attired in appropriate late 18th century clothing, will lead you on a journey of discovery. Witness the arts, crafts and customs of these early European explorers and settlers.

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  49. 44th Annual Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019 @ Missouri Town 1855

    Discover why this popular annual fall event has been a family tradition for thousands over 40 years. Skilled interpreters, crafters and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life with period music, dance, games, crafts, a fun-filled hay wagon ride, and delicious foods. Please no pets.

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  50. Food on the Missouri Frontier

    October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    A new event highlighting preparing and preserving food for the winter months. Take in the tantalizing smells of cooking using an open fire, a “tin kitchen”, and on a stone hearth while you help make part of the meal. Rediscover the variety of historic food preservation methods used for hundreds of years. Take home popular recipes from early American kitchens to make for your family.

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  51. American Fur Trader's Encampment

    November 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - November 10, 2019, 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Discover how the traders, trappers and explorers made their way into little-known territory of the Louisiana Purchase during the first quarter of the 19th century. Learn about the seasonal work of these intrepid individuals as they study and open the American frontier with map making and trade. Hosted by members of the American Mountain Men of the Missouri River Brigade with demonstrations of daily activities from camp life to Native American sign language.

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  52. Soap Making & Laundry Day

    November 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Learn the hygiene practices if Missourians in the mid-19th century. Learn how to make lye soap and how laundry was cleaned in the days before liquid detergent and high-efficiency washers and dryers. Take home a complimentary bar of lye soap as a souvenir of the day (while supplies last). Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  53. A Christmas Celebration

    December 7, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    The chill of winter cannot stop staff and volunteers from sharing the joys of the holiday season with the many visitors who have made this annual holiday event a must. Warm hearth fires, simple but delicious food, period music, an appearance by Belsnickle, and piping hot cider are but a few of the treats awaiting our guests.

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