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Volunteer at the only working stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail and you can help connect 1860s history to all ages.  Learn new skills, meet new people, and be part of an authentic 1860s farm.

You need to know

  • Families are welcome to participate.
  • Volunteers must be age 16 or up to volunteer without a parent and/or guardian (with staff permission) on-site unless otherwise noted. 
  • School-related community service hours require a 30 hour minimum commitment.
  • Court-required community service hours cannot be facilitated at Mahaffie.

Opportunities for individuals

Positions for interns

Positions wearing provided period clothing and engaging visitors with activities

  • Historical interpreter
  • Blacksmith (ages 18 & up)
  • School Program interpreter
  • Special Events including Family Fun Nights and Wild West Days
  • 1860’s baseball

Positions behind the scenes not wearing period clothing

  • Sewing period clothing
  • Knitting (Thursday nights)
  • Historical research
  • Grounds and facility maintenance such as mowing, trimming, painting, and woodworking.
  • Library

Opportunities for groups

  • Grounds and facility maintenance such as mowing, trimming, painting, and woodworking.
  • Special Events
  • Gardening

Volunteer application options

  • Apply at Volunteer Opportunities.
  • Contact Volunteer Coordinator Norman Pommerenke at 913-971-5502 to coordinate your talents and time with Mahaffie volunteer opportunities.

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