Category Archives: Holidays

Independence Day in the 19th Century, July 4

Two of Jackson County’s historic interpretive sites, Missouri Town 1855 and Fort Osage, are offering special events to bring you Independence Day in an 19th century style!

Location: Missouri Town 1855
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults, $5.00; Youth 5-13 and Seniors, $3.00; Under 5, Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860

Experience the 4th of July in an antebellum Missouri village as its residents celebrate Independence Day 1850’s style. A variety of activities for the entire family provide the perfect setting for a fun-filled day. A special patriotic parade, where visitors join staff strolling through the village, highlights the day!

Location: Fort Osage
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00; Youth $4.00; Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860

Join our interpreters as they celebrate the 35th anniversary of American Independence. Musket and cannon demonstrations, patriotic speeches and interpretive demonstrations highlighting life on the early 19th century frontier makes this a perfect venue for celebrating our Independence!


Free Admission for Mom at the Truman Library, May 12

In honor of Mother’s Day, Museum admission for mothers is free. Mr. Truman, as portrayed by re-enactor Niel Johnson, will visit his presidential Museum and greet visitors from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
500 W. U.S. Hwy 24, Independence MO

For more information, visit their website

You may find this useful for Citizenship and Government.

Mother Daughter Tea at John Wornall House, May 11

Wornall HouseThe beloved tradition of our annual Mother-Daughter Tea returns to The John Wornall House Museum.

Are you a fan of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy? Share a once in a lifetime experience with your mother, grandmother and/or daughter during our Little Women-themed Tea.

Cost: $25 per Mother-Daughter pair ($5 for every extra person). There will also be a few beautiful raffle items.

To purchase tickets, click here for online registration or call (816) 444-1858. RSVP required.

Saturday, May 11
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

John Wornall House Museum
6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City MO

For more information, visit the John Wornall House Museum website

This is a good opportunity to put into practice things learned in Social Skills & Etiquette, but it is also a great time to show your mom some appreciation.

“As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to …. cherish my family….”

Valentine’s Day at Lanesfield Historic Site, Feb. 2

Lanesfield SchoolSee the school decorated for an Old-Fashioned Valentine’s Day, try your hand at pen and ink, and make your own valentine to take home!

The Lanesfield Historic Site features the limestone Lanesfield School, a visitors center with exhibits and a museum store, and a covered picnic shelter. Adjacent to the site is a 79-acre prairie, owned by Kansas City Power and Light.

Built in 1869, the school is the only standing structure from Lanesfield, Kansas. The town served as a mail stop on the Santa Fe Trail, identified with a 1906 Daughters of the American Revolution marker. A 1858 pre-Civil War skirmish also took place in the area between Missouri Border Ruffians and Free-State Kansans, led by General James H. Lane, the town’s namesake.

Adjacent to the Lanesfield Historic Site is a short nature trail, owned by the Kansas City Power and Light Company. An observation tower provides a birds-eye view of the skirmish site between the Free-State Kansans and the Missouri Border Ruffians.

Saturday, February 2, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Lanesfield Historic Site
18745 S. Dillie Rd, Edgerton, KS
View map »

Consider this for Our Heritage.

Wake Up For Groundhog Day, Feb. 2

Punxsutawney PhilAwake! Awake! Spring is near or did Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, see his shadow? Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are tidy, furry mammals that hibernate during winter and start to emerge in February. Groundhogs are rodents. Like their relatives, the squirrel and the beaver, they can climb trees and swim. Dig your way to the Discovery Center to learn unique facts about the groundhog’s behavior and how they benefit your community. Enjoy the history behind this holiday and our hands-on learning stations.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Saturday, February 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Walk-in (All ages)

A fun outing for Nature and Wildlife.

Movie: Joyeux Noel, Dec. 23

Be a part of the National WWI Museum’s annual holiday tradition with a special showing of Joyeux Noël (2005), the dramatic true story of the spontaneous 1914 Christmas Truce along the Western Front. Free to the public.

Sunday, December 23, 2:00 p.m.

Find event information on the Museum website.

Consider this for Freedom’s Heroes (movie is rated PG-13).