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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.

Christmas At Lanesfield, Nov. 24 – Dec. 29

Drop in and see the school decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas! Practice your penmanship, and learn how Christmas was celebrated in 1904. Make an ornament to take home. Admission is free.

Location: Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd Edgerton, KS 66021

Fridays and Saturdays, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the Johnson County Museum website.

This outing could be used to satisfy Our Heritage #2 or #16.

American History Movies

Looking for a way to entertain the family over the Thanksgiving break, that perhaps might be a bit educational, too? How about a movie that covers American History?

We found this handy list for you online. Please note the site’s disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: I have not viewed all of the movies. Click through to read the description, reviews and ratings.  Movies are not always accurate (didn’t stop us from watching the Ten Commandments). Use this as a teaching opportunity to explain to your children the inaccuracies. Check the ratings too as some may not be suitable for children.

There are all sorts of possibilities for the Heritage Frontier here!

School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents

Our modern Presidents received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their backgrounds and their political philosophies.

Some of the Presidents attended neighborhood public schools, and some of them learned in rural classrooms; others studied under tutors and attended prestigious private schools. Many of the Presidents participated in extracurricular activities and organized sports while they attended school.

The challenges of studying various subjects, completing homework, forming new ideas, participating in extracurricular activities, and making friends are part of the common heritage of an American education shared by everyone—including our Presidents. This is the premise of the exhibit opening at the National Archives at Kansas City, called “School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents.” It charts the educational experiences of our Presidents from Herbert Hoover to William J. Clinton, including such notable documents as:

  • Herbert Hoover’s diploma, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1896
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s letter home to parents while at Groton, September 27, 1896
  • Harry Truman’s second grade report card, Columbian School, Independence, Missouri, 1894
  • Dwight Eisenhower’s Abilene High School diploma, Abilene, Kansas, 1909
  • Health records of John F. Kennedy, written by his mother, Rose Kennedy, 1917–28
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson’s high school graduation invitation, 1924
  • Richard Nixon’s school paper, “Autobiography,” written in eighth grade, 1925
  • Gerald Ford’s letter to his mother, Dorothy Ford, wishing her a happy Mother’s Day, May 12, 1933
  • Jimmy Carter’s Georgia School of Technology report card, Atlanta, Georgia, 1943
  • Ronald Reagan’s French exam, Dixon High School, Dixon, Illinois, ca. 1925
  • Letter from Barbara Pierce (Bush) to Poppy (George H.W. Bush), Charleston, South Carolina, 1942
  • Bill Clinton at Miss Mary’s Kindergarten, Hope, Arkansas, May 6, 1950

Through the records of the presidential libraries—archival material, museum objects, and photographs as well as audio and visual material—”School House to White House” gives the public a new perspective on the presidency. It allows visitors to make connections and comparisons between their own education and the variety of educational experiences of our leaders.

Developed jointly by the museum and archival staffs of the presidential libraries and the museum staff of the National Archives Experience in Washington, DC, the exhibit explores these future Presidents’ activities in grade school, high school, college, and after graduation. Other sections of the exhibit focus on the importance of home life in their education and describe participation in extracurricular activities and sports as well as each President’s reflections later in life on his education.

This exhibit runs through February 23, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Research Rooms: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Exhibits: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This exhibit could provide research data for several requirements in both Our Heritage and Dawn of Our Country.

Thanksgiving at Mahaffie, Nov. 23 and 24

Friday, November 23; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 24; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friends and family in town for the Thanksgiving weekend? Or need a diversion from holiday shopping? Visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and enjoy the exhibits in the Heritage Center and Living History activities.

Friday, November 23 see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove, take a stagecoach ride (weather and ground conditions permitting) and visit the Mahaffie House. Stagecoach rides on Friday will be offered every hour from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 24, take a stagecoach ride, (weather and ground conditions permitting) visit the blacksmith and the Mahaffie House. Stagecoach rides on Saturday will be offered every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regular site admission applies, Olathe residents recieve $1/off admission.


A visit to the Mahaffie Farm is always a good source of information for the Our Heritage badge.