Come See AHG at the MPE Homeschool Conference, April 5-6

IMG_20120421_090539Planning on attending the MPE Homeschool Conference in Kansas City this year? Stop by and say hello! We will have representatives from a number of the area Troops at a booth in the Exhibitors Hall. You can check our latest map, pick up information, ask questions, and meet some of the leaders and older girls.

We’ll be in booth #913, in the back right corner of the Exhibit Hall.

You can find all the necessary information about the conference, including hours, speakers, and workshops on the Midwest Parent Educators website.

Five New National Monuments

We have five new National Monuments — sites of historic or scientific interest — bringing the total to 108. Are one of these sites near you? Consider a trip to see what the excitement is all about!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/02/130326-national-monuments-obama-nation-science-travel/

Or check the map to see what other sites are near you:

http://www.nps.gov/archeology/sites/antiquities/fullmap.htm

Are there any special places near you that you think deserves national recognition?

Living History Weekends, April and May

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe, KS will offer living history activities weekends in April and May. Activities may include see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove, visit the blacksmith and the Mahaffie house and take a stagecoach ride (weather and ground conditions permitting). Other activities may include spring farming activities as weather and ground conditions allow. All activities are included with living history admission, $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Season Pass holders get in free for weekend living history.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site engages visitors with hands on experiences of 1860s farming, frontier life and stagecoach travel while preserving the significant Mahaffie Story. Mahaffie is the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail.  The historic site offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages focusing on 1860s farming, stagecoach operations and westward expansion.

The Heritage Center exhibit, I Knew It Was A Fine Country, tells the stories of the Mahaffie family, early Olathe and Johnson County, the western trails and stagecoach travel. The exhibit includes a 12 minute film offering more of the site’s history. The video “Border War Voices” allows visitors to learn about what settlers went through during the Border War era. The video was co-produced by Wide Awake Films and generously funded through the Kansas Humanities Council. Please park in the Heritage Center parking lot to begin your visit to Mahaffie. GPS users, please enter 1200 Kansas City Road Olathe, KS as your address instead of 1100 Kansas City Road.

A visit to Mahaffie is a good way to approach Our Heritage.

Discover Nature: Women’s Spring Fling, April 26-28

Ladies! Join us for a girl’s weekend out at the beautiful Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center in Excelsior Springs, MO. April 26-28 and learn a few new Outdoor Skills to boot! This event is geared toward women. Young ladies ages 14 and up may register with an adult mentor. Skills include canoeing/kayaking, archery, animal sign, outdoor cooking, fishing, camping/backpacking, orienteering with map and compass and GPS units, wild edible plants and so much more!

Courses are all rated for activity level (leisurely, moderate, strenuous) and you have a variety of sleeping arrangement options available, to make this course suitable for both beginners and advanced woods-women alike.

The program is free. Lodging and meals are provided for a low per person cost.

To get more information on this Spring Fling for Women check out the link below.

http://mdc.mo.gov/node/21411

Astronomy: `Giants and Lions and Bears, Oh My!’, April 13

Spring 2013 heralds some the night sky’s finest telescopic sights from gas the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn, a crescent Moon and the Great Orion Nebula. Plus we’ll hunt Leo the Lion and the Big and Little Bears on our way to the “StarGate” answering your space and astronomy questions along the way. (Every fourth registrant is free)

Join us under Powell Gardens’ dark skies for astronomy programs led by friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers. Each event is designed to help beginners learn about and appreciate the night sky. After a brief introduction, a short astronomy lesson and question-and-answer time, you will peer through quality telescopes for viewing of such celestial beauties as the crescent Moon, elusive Mercury, Venus, giant Jove, and the “Lord of the Rings,” Saturn. On any evening you may see low earth orbiting satellites as well as a number of double stars. Naked-eye, laser-guided sky tours of the stars and constellations will also be given at each program. (Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.) Register three participants and the fourth person is free!

Register by April 11. 
$10/Adult, $6/Members, $6/child ages 5-12

See more details and register. 

Powell Gardens

http://www.powellgardens.org/page.aspx?pid=539