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Jul 27, 2016
10:00am

Help bind wheat shocksFrank and Ella were the names of the youngest Mahaffie children. They grew up on the Mahaffie Farm in the 1870s, participated in many farm chores but enjoyed games too! Our summer program features a different theme of activities each week. Preschools, day cares, summer youth groups and visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy 1860s living history activities. Activities go on throughout the day and please allow an average of 60 minutes for your visit. Activities featured for Harvest on the Farm may include: 

  • Help with the horse powered potato harvest at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Enjoy horse powered grinding demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Vote for your favorite Mahaffie animal! Stickers are distributed at the Heritage Center
  • Stagecoach rides
  • Craft
  • Coloring contest

Cost is $5/youth ages 5 & up, one free adult admitted with each paying youth, (stagecoach rides are $2/adult). Additional adults: $5. Registration encouraged for groups of 10 or more and payment is due the day of your program. When you visit, pay your admission in the Heritage Center, pick up your map and walk less than one quarter of a mile to the historic Mahaffie grounds. Groups and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy under the white tent. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their visit. Activities are not part of a structured summer camp where youth are accompanied by a camp instructor. If you have further questions, please call 913-971-5111. Thank you

Jul 28, 2016
10:00am

Help bind shocks of wheatFrank and Ella were the names of the youngest Mahaffie children. They grew up on the Mahaffie Farm in the 1870s, participated in many farm chores but enjoyed games too! Our summer program features a different theme of activities each week. Preschools, day cares, summer youth groups and visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy 1860s living history activities. Activities go on throughout the day and please allow an average of 60 minutes for your visit. Activities featured for Harvest on the Farm may include: 

  • Help with the horse powered potato harvest at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Enjoy horse powered grinding demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Vote for your favorite Mahaffie animal! Stickers are distributed at the Heritage Center
  • Stagecoach rides
  • Craft
  • Coloring contest

Cost is $5/youth ages 5 & up, one free adult admitted with each paying youth, (stagecoach rides are $2/adult). Additional adults: $5. Registration encouraged for groups of 10 or more and payment is due the day of your program. When you visit, pay your admission in the Heritage Center, pick up your map and walk less than one quarter of a mile to the historic Mahaffie grounds. Groups and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy under the white tent. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their visit. Activities are not part of a structured summer camp where youth are accompanied by a camp instructor. If you have further questions, please call 913-971-5111. Thank you

Jul 28, 2016
6:00pm

Horse Drawn ReaperEnjoy a different theme of 1860s living history each week during our Family Fun Nights. Kansas Wheat Harvest* features activities similar to when the Mahaffie Farm harvested wheat in the 1860s. FREE admission. Stagecoach rides are $3/person ages 3 & up. Some activities require an extra fee. 

  • Help bundle wheat after the horse drawn reaping demonstrations
  • Help flail wheat (knock off the kernels)
  • Enjoy samples of Saratoga Chips when you visit Mrs. Mahaffie's Cookstove 
  • Make an 'S' hook in the blacksmith shop, ages 8 & up ($3)
  • Cool off with a root beer float ($2) 
  • Lemonade for sale from the Questers
  • Visit the Mahaffie House, exhibits in the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and the Heritage Center

 

Jul 31, 2016
12:00pm

WatercolorsIn the 18th Century, an artist by the name of William Reves introduced commercial cakes of paint for using in watercolors. Various other forms of paint were developed by the mid-nineteenth century, books, special brushes; water color boxes, pallets and paper were marketed to home artists, especially young ladies. Visitors of all ages are invited to try their hand at painting with watercolors and learn more about this lovely tradition guided by Mahaffie staff. Other activities include stagecoach rides, visiting the Mahaffie House and more! Leisurely Sundays are made possible through a grant from the Kansas Museums Association and are included with regular site admission $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.  

Aug 7, 2016
12:00pm

Baseball: 1860s styleEnjoy learning about Baseball: 1860s style. Rules consisted of the pitcher pitching underhand, no stealing, no bunting and learn what a 'crank' is! (A baseball fan) Try your hand at playing baseball: 1860s style guided by Mahaffie staff. Other activities include stagecoach rides, visiting the Mahaffie House and more! Leisurely Sundays are made possible through a grant from the Kansas Museums Association and are included with regular site admission $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.  

Sep 8, 2016
10:00am

Learn about Roping at Fall Home School DayHome school families are invited to participate in 1860s hands-on living history activities from our school programs with other home school families. This open house format allows students to participate in each activity at their own pace. Two sessions are offered: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Registration encouraged and payment is due the day of the program. Walk up registration is accepted the day of the program. Cost is $5/home school student ages 5 and up, accompanying adults are free ($2/adult for stagecoach rides).

Here are some reminders:

  • Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and are self-guided. Mahaffie staff and volunteers dressed in 19th century clothing will be at each station explaining the activities. Please ask questions of the staff and volunteers as they enjoy sharing their knowledge. We are implementing a break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to give the horses a rest from stagecoach rides. Activities will pause during this time, however, the exhibits in the Heritage Center are available.
  • Home school students are encouraged to explore at their own pace.
  • When you arrive, please park in the Heritage Center parking lot.
    • If the surface lot is full, you may park on the gravel ring on the outside of the surface parking lot.
    • If the gravel lot is full, overflow parking is available across the street in the Olathe Community Center parking lot-please be careful crossing Kansas City Road.
    • Overflow parking is also available in what is referred to as the Mahaffie house lot. To reach the Mahaffie house lot, please turn right at the stop sign, go on Kansas City Road west to the first entrance and parking is available in this lot. Please use the paved bike trail to reach the Heritage Center to pay your admission as this gate will be closed
  • Please pay your admission in the Heritage Center and pick up your map of the historic Mahaffie grounds listing all the activities going on throughout the morning.
    • Cost is $5/home school student ages 5 & up, children ages 4 and under are free
    • Accompanying adults are free, stagecoach rides are $2/adult. All who ride the stagecoach will receive one token for their one ride. The student admission includes one stagecoach ride. Please be in line no later than 11:45 a.m. for your stagecoach ride for the morning session and no later than 2:45 p.m. for the afternoon session.
  • Special activities focus on Kansas Cowboys! Activities may include roping, cowboy gear and more! 
  • Other activities include: visiting the Mahaffie house, 19th century games, laundry, visiting the Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, blacksmith, and cookstove demonstrations.  
  • You are more than welcome to explore the exhibits and Mahaffie Market gift store in the Heritage Center
  • Please dress for the weather as most activities take place outdoors. Please wear sturdy shoes, the grounds have pathways but they are not paved to reflect the 1860s farm activities
Sep 11, 2016
12:00pm

Cookstove DemonstrationEnjoy 1860s hands-on living history activities such as stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's cookstove. Fill out a family tree with your grandparents to learn more about your family! One grandparent admitted FREE with every paid grandchild admission. Regular site admission applies $7/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. 

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