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  1. EVENT CANCELLED: Home School Day: Play Ball!

    April 8, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    What did kids do for fun in 1855? Visit Missouri Town 1855 and learn about the toys, games, and family activities children did to stave off that boredom in the mid-19th century. You’ll never be able to tell your growups “I’m bored” again! Homeschool Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14, per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

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  2. EVENT CANCELLED: Going Green in 1855

    April 11, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Celebrate an early Earth Day and learn about what sustainability looked like in the 19thCentury. Grab a pair of gloves and help out in the gardens, or learn about other ways our ancestors reduced, reused and recycled; blacksmithing, food preservation, woodworking, soap making and how even the animals helped out!

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  3. EVENT CANCELLED: Children's Day & Sheep Shearing

    May 2, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for our annual Children’s Day event and the shearing of Missouri Town 1855’s resident flock of sheep! You will see all steps of wool production including shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Kids will enjoy diving into a pie eating contest, exploring the gorgeous site, interacting with livestock, and playing a variety of games their ancestors would have played in the mid-1800s.

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  4. EVENT CANCELLED: Storytelling Workshop

    May 9, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Come spin a yarn in this one-day storytelling workshop! Join master storyteller Mark Lewis as he weaves a 19th century tale, all while encouraging students to dissect the elements of storytelling. Then, participants will get a chance to demonstrate and improve their storytelling skills through practical exercise and activities. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to expand on small real life anecdotes and turn them into entertaining stories. Max 8 students per workshop. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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  5. EVENT CANCELLED: Home School Day: How Does Your Garden Grow?

    May 13, 2020, 10:00 AM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Why did we grow different plants in 1855? Join us as we learn about the different plants we grew for eating, for medicine, for our animals, and for our homes in the 19th century. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! Homeschool Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14)per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

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  6. Missouri Town 1855 turns 55!

    May 30, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Missouri Town 1855 turns 55 this year! Celebrate with us! Enjoy sweet treats, activities and special celebrations commemorating our treasured historic village.

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  7. Maker Faire 1855

    June 6, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Explore the trades, crafts and arts of 1855. Our staff and volunteers will be blacksmithing, broommaking, woodcarving, tinsmithing, crocheting, hearth cooking and more!

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  8. Home School Day: And On His Farm There Was A...

    June 10, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Why did farmers raise different animals in 1855? Do you think you have what it takes to be a farmer? Come learn about the different animals and their roles at Missouri Town 1855 and lend a hand with farm chores! Homeschool Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14, per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

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  9. Independence Day 1855 at Missouri Town 1855

    July 4, 2020, 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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  10. Home School Day: Working Hard for the Money

    July 8, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    How did people earn a living in 1855? Visit Missouri Town 1855 and decide what your 19th century profession would have been. You’ll get the chance to try your hand at a few different trades! Home School Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14, per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

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  11. Keeping Cool in 1855

    July 25, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    How did we stay cool in the summer before the invention of air conditioning? Step into the shade at and learn about the clothes, architecture and activities that helped our ancestors beat the heat. Take home a recipe for 19th century ice cream.

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  12. Home School Day: Keeping Cool

    August 12, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    How did you stay cool in the summer heat in 1855? Help us beat the heat at Missouri Town 1855 and learn about how your ancestors did their best to stay safe during the hottest part of the year. Make sure you bring a hat! Homeschool Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14, per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather

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  13. Draft Day 1855

    August 15, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Get your fantasy team ready just in time for the harvest season! Will you pick the powerhouse oxen, the agile horse, or the dependable mule? Come learn about draft animals of the 19th century and decide who you would start out on the field!

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  14. Storytelling Workshop

    September 5, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Come spin a yarn in this one-day storytelling workshop! Join master storyteller Mark Lewis as he weaves a 19th century tale, all while encouraging students to dissect the elements of storytelling. Then, participants will get a chance to demonstrate and improve their storytelling skills through practical exercise and activities. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to expand on small real life anecdotes and turn them into entertaining stories. Max 8 students per workshop. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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  15. Home School Day: 1855 ABCs

    September 9, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    What was school like in 1855? Get ready for your writing, reading, and arithmetic! Visit Missouri Town 1855’s one-room schoolhouse and see what your education would have been like 170 years ago. Homeschool Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14, per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

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  16. Paranormal Investigation at Missouri Town 1855

    September 12, 2020, 5:30 PM - 10:00 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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  17. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 26, 2020, 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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  18. Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 3, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for this popular annual fall event that has been a family tradition for thousands 45 years. Skilled interpreters, crafters and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life. Enjoy period music, dance, games, crafts, a fun-filled hay wagon ride, and delicious foods all weekend long. Please no pets.

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  19. Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 4, 2020, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Join us for this popular annual fall event that has been a family tradition for thousands 45 years. Skilled interpreters, crafters and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life. Enjoy period music, dance, games, crafts, a fun-filled hay wagon ride, and delicious foods all weekend long. Please no pets.

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  20. Home School Day: Harvest

    October 14, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    How did you prepare for winter in 1855? Help lend a hand with the fall harvest and learn how families in Missouri Town 1855 prepared their homes for the winter. Homeschool Days are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on a specific element of life from the mid-19th century. Enrollment is limited to 30 students, age 5-14, per session. Please bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.

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  21. Blacksmith Workshop

    October 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Missouri Town 1855's resident blacksmith will introduce one lucky person to the blacksmith trade. Learn 19th Century techniques, fire metal, and shape it onsite at Missouri Town 1855. The participant in this workshop must be 18 years old or older. Bring protective eye wear, gloves, and lunch. No open-toed shoes or sandals. Advance registration required.

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  22. Election Day

    November 7, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    In March of 1855, thousands of “Border Ruffians” from Missouri traveled to Kansas to illegally vote in the election of the new territory’s legislature. Come pull up a seat at the Missouri Town 1855’s Tavern and get a first-hand perspective on days leading up to the election that helped fuel the Civil War.

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  23. Food on the Missouri Frontier

    November 14, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Take in the tantalizing smells of food cooking over an open fire and in stone hearths, help make a frontier meal, learn about food preservation methods from the past and take home a collection of heritage recipes to try at home (open flame or hearth not required).

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  24. An 1855 Christmas Celebration

    December 5, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Experience the joys of the holiday season as they did in the mid-1800s. 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, who have made this event a holiday tradition.

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