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May 2, 2015

Grand Army of the Republic statue-Olathe Memorial Cemetery2015 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 wake 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 by the Grace United Methodist Churce will be available for purchase at the cemetery. 

Parking Information: ​

  • 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. 

May 9, 2015

Alpacas from Total Alpaca RanchSpring is a busy time for any farm and visitors can get a hands-on look at springtime on a 1860s farm. We will focus on fiber and wool activities. 

Activities may include:

  • 11 a.m.-a demonstration of shearing one of the sheep at Mahaffie by hand
  • 2 p.m.-a demonstrations of shearing alpacas
  • Fiber demonstrations throughout the day may include: skirting wool, washing wool and dyeing wool
  • Volunteers with the Mahaffie Knitters may be demonstrating knitting and spinning techinques
  • Purchase hand-knitted items from the Mahaffie Knitters such as washclothes, scarves, mittens and more from the Mahaffie Market located inside the Heritage Center
  • Visit the animals! Alpacas from Total Alpaca Ranch will be available plus see the new baby chicks and piglets Mahaffie has acquired
  • Other 1860s Living History may include: stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, and visiting exhibits in the Heritage Center and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn
  • All activities are included with regular site admission: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission

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