2015 brings together three milestones in the story of Olathe. In 1865, Olathe citizens experienced many different events-the end of the Civil War, the first burial in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery and the completion of the limestone Mahaffie farmhouse that can still be visited today. Activities at both locations help tell the story of these important events.
10 a.m. at the Mahaffie farmhouse
A presentation on mourning and funerals to connect 19th century practices to current practices
A reenactment of the funeral of Susan Adair Henderson, Lucinda Mahaffie's mother who passed away at age 84. She is buried in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery along-side many members of the Mahaffie family. The Mahaffie formal parlor will be decorated for mourning her death and a horse drawn hearse will assist with the activities. The horse-drawn hearse has made many appearances in the Old Settlers Days parade. Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home of Olathe makes it possible for hearse to participate.
1 p.m. at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery*
Completion of the funeral reenactment of Susan Adair Henderson
Themed tours of the Cemetery from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Themes include: gravestone symbolism, notable trees, the history of the cemetery and notable citizens
Spiritual songs by the Second Baptist Church of Olathe from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Local author Tom Rafiner will present from his book Caught Between Three Fires focusing on the Border Wars at 3:30 p.m. The Sons of Union Veterans will assist with the closing ceremony.
Admission is free for all events, refreshments will be available for purchase at the cemetery.
When attending activities at Mahaffie, please park at the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061
When attending the activities at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery, please park at Northview Elementary School, 905 N Walker, Olathe, KS 66061. Signs will direct visitors to the activities.
This is a rain or shine event as many activities take place outdoors. Walking is involved with the themed tours of the cemetery. If you have questions, please call 913-971-5111.