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National Frontier Trails Museum: Getting Ready, May 16-23-30

Tour the gallery exhibits with a guide to examine what needed to be done to prepare for a westward journey.

Don’t miss the gift shop while you are there. We have found a wide variety reasonably priced activities and kits that would be suited to a number of the Heritage and Arts Frontiers.

There are also a number of other places worth visiting nearby. Visit http://www.visitindependence.com/Pioneers.aspx for ideas.

Thursdays through May 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

National Frontier Trails Museum
318 W. Pacific, Independence MO

Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 6-17, under 6 free

For more information, visit the Museum website

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.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Apr. 22-26

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

  • April 22-26 – National Park Week

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.

AHG Recruiting Event — Independence MO, Jan. 29

News from our Independence Troop:

We’re starting an American Heritage Girls troop and we’re looking for young ladies ages 5 and up that are interested in a joining a Christian scouting organization. We’re also looking for adults interested in working with them! Please come to find out more about the program!

Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m.
Coventry Estates Baptist Church
17133 E 39th Street S, Independence, Missouri 64055

Find out more about this Troop here.

Geppetto’s Fish Story, Jan. 19

Geppetto's Fish StorySeasoned puppeteer Anitra Steele once again visits the Puppetry Arts Institute with a brand new show. The story the famous but fictional woodcarver, Geppetto, and his grandson, Little Pin. There’s no way Little Pin can catch a bigger fish than the one that caught his Grandpa Geppetto. Admission also includes a tour of our puppet museum, which features our exhibit, Pinocchio Time! Finger puppets of show characters are for sale at the front desk.

Saturday, January 19, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

All ages $5.00 per person
Puppetry Arts Institute
11025 E Winner Road, Independence, MO
View map »


Perfect for the Puppetry badge

The Oregon Trail Film Series: Beginnings, Jan. 6

It was the most incredible journey any American family has ever attempted.  A 2,000 mile walk across a hot, barren wilderness. The complete story of the hardy pioneers who changed the course of American history is told in this special four part documentary series (continued on Sundays in January).

Sunday, January 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

National Frontier Trails Museum
318 W. Pacific
Independence, MO

Adults $6.00
Seniors (62 and older) $5.00
Youth (6-17) $3.00
Children 5 and younger are free.

This event will provide a fuller understanding of the subjects covered in Our Heritage. Consider extending your visit to tour the rest of the museum, which will help with several requirements.