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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.

Box City: A Year-Round Program for Youth and Scout Groups

A year-round program for Youth & Scout Groups. Box City is a fun way for youth groups and scouts to learn about communities, why we live in them, and the interrelationships among citizens. It’s a unique way to educate participants about city planning and participation in community using math, social studies and geography in a fun, highly interactive environment.

Geared toward 4th and 5th grade students, Box City provides a hands-on approach to community and an understanding of community development. The Facilitator will introduce Box City and discuss town planning and development, various aspects of community and interrelationships among citizens. Participants will select their town’s time period (for example: 100 years ago or the present) and location (near a river, mountain, etc.). The group will brainstorm about the different town occupations with the assistance of the Facilitator and select which ones are best suited for their town. Participants will design their box to suit the function of the assigned occupation or business and place their buildings on their town map. They will discuss what they wish to name their town and make a final choice.

Participants will learn and discuss: how towns get started and grow, the role geography plays in the physical settings of towns, how people and businesses interrelate in a community, town planning and different types of town plans, the relevance of building placement within a town, the use of standard and non-standard units of measurement, and mapping.

This could be a hands-on way to extend what Explorers have learned in the Citizenship & Government badge. For more information, visit the Shawnee Town website.

A Visit From St. Nicholas, Dec. 1

Experience Christmas as it was meant to be in the 19th century. Visit the farm house of 1889, log cabins of 1830’s; Experience the Civil War Encampments; Make your Christmas purchases at the 1876 Mercantile, post your letters to St. Nicholas at the Post Office; visit the serene setting of the 1884 Church; at the Arnold Home see how Swedish immigrants of the 1880s celebrated Santa Lucia Day and watch how lace was made.  Warm up by the ‘potbellied’ stove in the school, visit the Doctor’s office and then a visit with St. Nicholas in the family home decorated in high Victorian style.  At the end of your visit, you may want to ride the horse drawn sleigh for a brief ride through the countryside!

$5 per person, 5 and under free.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum
7000 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
(816) 792-2655

Depending on the activities you choose, this could meet requirements from Our Heritage, World Heritage, Living in the USA, and/or Citizenship and Government. Have fun with it!

Christmas At Mahaffie, Dec. 1

Kick off your Christmas Season with our Annual Christmas Open House.

Saturday, December 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule of Events for Christmas Open House (free admission)

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shady Grove String Band will play music in the Heritage Center
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit Father Christmas near the Mahaffie House
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Santa in the Heritage Center!
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Shawnee Victorian Christmas Carolers
  • 2:30 p.m. Wheat Threshing Demonstration on Mahaffie Grounds
  • 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Visit the Mahaffie house and grounds for hands on Living History activities, such as stringing popcorn and cranberries, see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove and visit the blacksmith.

$2/person ages 3 and up for stagecoach rides, weather and ground conditions permitting.

In the Heritage Center, enjoy the entertainment, make an ornament, and make a gingerbread house for $3/house.

No registration is required for Christmas Open House.


Depending on the activities you choose, this could apply to Our Heritage, Living in the USA, or Citizenship and Government.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Dec. 1 and 15

Come see how Mrs. Wornall prepared meals during the 1850s. Even if you have toured before, this new experience will be worth your while.

Saturday, December 1 and 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free with tour admission
John Wornall House
6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64113


This outing has all sorts of possibilities when combined with a tour of the John Wornall House – consider Living In The USA #24, Citizenship and Government #20, and also discuss the similarities/differences to various styles of Outdoor Cooking.