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Apr 23, 2015

Planting CornHome School families are welcome to enjoy spring 1860s living history activities at their own pace. Activities may include:

  • Chores
  • Stagecoach rides (weather and ground conditions permitting)
  • Spring farming activities such as planting (weather and ground conditions permitting
  • Blacksmith demonstrations
  • Cookstove demonstrations
  • Visiting the Mahaffie House
  • Exhibits in the Heritage Center and Agricultural Livestock Barn and more!

Home School Day FAQs

  • Two sessions are offered: 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Cost is $5/home school student ages 5 & up, accompanying adults are FREE ($2/adult for stagecoach rides), children ages 4 and under are free
  • Bring your lunch and picnic under the white tent on the grounds after enjoying the activities
  • Learn more about our pre and post visit materials designed for all ages
  • Registration required and due by Thursday April 16th
  • Payment is due day of the program
  • Please dress for the weather, activities take place rain or shine
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 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. 

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.