Category Archives: Outings

Women on the Home Front, January 18

In conjunction with the Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie exhibit, the Johnson County Museum presents Mickey Ebert, Education Specialist at the National Archives at Kansas City, who will speak about the role of women on the home front during the Second World War. In 1943, President Roosevelt described the work of citizen soldiers when he said “Every combat division, every naval task force, every squadron of fighting planes is dependent for its equipment and ammunition and fuel and food…on the American people in civilian clothes in the offices and in the factories and on the farms at home.” The women civilians in those offices, factories, and at home will be the topic of this presentation which will feature primary sources found at the National Archives.

Saturday, January 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Education Center of the Johnson County Museum of History
6305 Lackman Rd. Shawnee, KS

Admission is free

Most suitable for older girls interested in the Freedom’s Heroes badge.

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Second Saturday By The Grinter Stove, January 11

Learn about Kansas City area history and stay for lunch prepared on the wood stove. Join us from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. January 11 as Dr. Brice Obermyer, associate professor of anthropology at Emporia State University, presents information on the Delaware Indians.

Wood stove at Grinter Place State Historic Site, Kansas City

Admission is $5 adults, $3 children age 12 and younger, and includes a tour of Grinter Place and lunch. Explore rooms decorated with period furnishings, the Grinter family Bibles and photos, and a quilt made by Anna Grinter. Take in a view overlooking the Kansas River when you step out onto the second floor balcony. Discover the way of life experienced by families living on the frontier.

A trip to Grinter Place isn’t just a look inside the oldest home in Wyandotte County, it’s a step back to the days of frontier life along the Kansas and Missouri borders. Overlooking the historic Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River, Grinter Place was the home to Annie and Moses Grinter. Annie, a Lenape (Delaware), helped farm, raise poultry and livestock, and plant an apple orchard. Moses operated a ferry and a trading post, where he traded with the Lenape. Learn how life in Kansas changed dramatically through the stories of Annie and Moses when you visit the stately Grinter Place.

Grinter Place Historic Site
1420 South 78th Street
Kansas City, KS

Consider this for the Our Heritage and Native American badges.

Eagle Days, December 7 & 8

Eagle with an attitudeIf you’ve never seen a bald eagle in the wild, then what are you waiting for? You don’t need to go to Alaska or the Great Lakes. Missouri is the winter home to thousands of bald eagles migrating from northern states. Open waterways for fishing and a taste for migrating waterfowl make our state a winter haven for eagles. Special activities and spotting scopes will be set up for your eagle viewing pleasure.

See a live eagle up close presented by Dickerson Park Zoo on the hour Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located 90 miles north of Kansas City near Mound City, Mo. Find more information, including a map of the refuge, on the Squaw Creek Eagle Days flyer.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Nov. 9-11

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

  • November 9-11 – Veterans Day weekend

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

CAF Open Hanger Days, Oct. 12

The Commemorative Air Force invites you to visit our hangar at New Century Air Center on the second Saturday of each month to see our fully-restored World War II airplanes and to tour our museum.  You can sit in an airplane cockpit and experience our get-your-hands-on-history exhibit.  Crafts/activities for children.

Admission is free.
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Commemorative Air Force Hangar
6 Aero Plaza, (near 159th and Old 56 Highway) New Century, KS.

For more information, visit http://www.KCGhostSquadron.org

Consider this for both Aviation and Freedom’s Heroes badges.

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks, Sept. 28

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.