Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - August 25, 2014:

  • Labor Day Schedule for City Offices, Libraries; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Affected
  • Olathe Community Center Labor Day Hours
  • Cedar Lake algae advisory lifted by KDHE
  • City responding to blue-green algae at Cedar Lake     
  • Johnson County Gateway Project: College Boulevard update
  • Traffic signal timing in construction zones
  • Olathe culinary students battle for Master of the Market title August 30
  • Outdoor aquatics season comes to a close
  • Volunteers needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie
  • Enjoy 1860s living history over Labor Day weekend

City Council
Released August 25, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 2, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Labor Day Schedule for City Offices, Libraries; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Affected
Released August 25, 2014
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday. The City’s trash, curbside recycling and yard waste collection will NOT be affected.

The Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park St.) and the Indian Creek Branch (12990 S. Black Bob Rd.) will be closed Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 in observance of the holiday.


Olathe Community Center Labor Day Hours
Released August 25, 2014
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the Olathe Community Center will open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 1. Child Watch and Kid Zone will not be available. The following is the special aquatics and group exercise schedule:

Pool

7 - 9 a.m. - River Walk & Lap Swim

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Open Swim

Special Fitness Classes (open to all ages)

9 - 9:50 a.m. – Hula Hoop

10 – 10:50 a.m. – Zumba in the Gym


Cedar Lake algae advisory lifted by KDHE
Released August 25, 2014
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has lifted the blue-green algae advisory for Cedar Lake after the latest round of tests.  Visit kdhe.org for additional information about blue-green algae.


Johnson County Gateway Project: College Boulevard update
Released August 25, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation has started improvements to College Boulevard as part of the Johnson County Gateway Project. Construction on this stretch of road, between Ridgeview and Renner, is expected to be completed by the end of November 2014. Utilities in the area have been relocated, and clearing and widening of the road is in progress. Residents should expect delays in the area with lane closures on College Boulevard, as well as 60-day access closures to Penrose Street and Ambassador Street. Get information and sign up to receive alerts about the I-435/I-35/K-10 interchange construction at JoCoGateway.com.


Traffic signal timing in construction zones
Released August 25, 2014
The City of Olathe reminds residents to call 913-971-5180 about signal timing issues in construction zones. During normal traffic signal operation, signal timing is moved by traffic demand through vehicle detection sensors in the pavement or by video at intersections. When streets are under construction, traffic signal timing often changes because the traffic detection sensors are damaged. Without operating sensors, traffic signals are designed to move through an entire timing cycle. During construction, however, Olathe traffic operators can adjust the timing for day and night traffic volumes, reducing delays up to 70 percent.


Olathe culinary students battle for Master of the Market title August 30
Released August 25, 2014
The top three teams from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts program will compete for scholarships in the final round of the fourth annual COUNTRY Chef Challenge at 9 a.m. on August 30 at the Olathe Farmers’ Market Olathe Community Center location.

Using fresh ingredients from the market, teams from Les Arts Culinaires will create original dishes in front of a live audience. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team.


Outdoor aquatics season comes to a close
Released August 25, 2014
Black Bob Bay closes to the public at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 1. Our furry friends are invited for one last dip on Sunday, September 7 at the annual Too Cool to Drool  doggie event. Your favorite pups are invited to a dog-only swim to close the aquatics season. Small dogs weighing 25 pounds or less have the pool to themselves at 1 p.m.  Larger dogs can join at 2 p.m.  Pre-registration is encouraged online or by calling 913-971-8563. The first 75 pups will receive a doggie bag filled with four-legged and two-legged friend treats. The cost is $10 per dog.


Volunteers needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie
Released August 25, 2014
Mahaffie’s popular Wild West Days will be Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28. To make the event successful, volunteers are needed in areas such as: children’s activity booths, admission gates, and event set up/tear down. Volunteers receive free admission to the event, hours of service credit, and a meal on the day they volunteer. There are two shifts each day and many activities from which to choose. Volunteers over 18 will need a background check and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is perfect for groups or corporate partners. For more information, visit mahaffie.org


Enjoy 1860s living history over Labor Day weekend
Released August 25, 2014
Enjoy stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie House and exhibits in the Heritage Center on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. Regular site admission applies: $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11; Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Mahaffie will be closed Monday, September 1 in honor of Labor Day.


This Edition of e-News - August 18, 2014:

  • Proposed budget, Capital Improvement Plan and Fee Resolution go before Council
  • Olathe culinary students take on the market
  • Pancakes in the Park to Support Olathe Trailblazers
  • Mahaffie presents Sweet Sorghum Saturday
  • Mahaffie recognizes Grandparents Day with free admission
  • Fall Cemetery Tour tickets on sale
  • Coming to America: ship passenger arrival lists
  • A visit with author Greg Kincaid
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Olathe Farmers’ Market
  • Black Bob Bay open weekends only 
  • City responding to blue-green algae at Cedar Lake     

City Council
Released August 14, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Proposed budget, Capital Improvement Plan and Fee Resolution go before Council
Released August 14, 2014
The Olathe City Council will consider adopting the proposed 2015 budget when it meets Tuesday, August 19 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. City Council members also will consider approving the proposed 2015-19 Capital Improvement Plan and the Fee Resolution.


Olathe culinary students take on the market
Released August 14, 2014
The fourth annual COUNTRY Chef Challenge is back, as top student chefs from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts program go head-to-head in a cooking competition at the Olathe Farmers’ Market Olathe Community Center location at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.

Using fresh ingredients from the market, teams from Les Arts Culinaires will create original dishes in front of a live audience. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team. The top three teams will be awarded scholarships on Aug. 30.


Pancakes in the Park to Support Olathe Trailblazers  
Released August 14, 2014
The Olathe Trailblazers will host Pancakes in the Park on Saturday, August 23 at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E Kansas City Road. All you can eat pancakes will be served by Chris Cakes from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with proceeds benefitting the City of Olathe’s Special Olympics program. The cost to attend is $6/person ages 6 and up and $4.50/child under 5. Admission is payable at the event. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 913-971-8563


Mahaffie presents Sweet Sorghum Saturday
Released August 14, 2014
Sorghum was grown on 19th Century farms to produce sorghum syrup as an alternative to imported sugar for sweetening. Mahaffie will present harvesting and processing demonstrations of its sorghum on Saturday, August 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. The demonstrations may include cutting the sorghum cane and pressing it with a mid-1850s horse powered mill and boiling down the collected sap or sorghum juice to produce syrup. Visitors can assist with portions of the process and enjoy a taste of fresh syrup on biscuit samples made on the cookstove. This activity is included with regular site admission, $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11; Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Other activities may include stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie house and exhibits in the Heritage Center.


Mahaffie recognizes Grandparents Day with free admission
Released August 14, 2014
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will recognize national Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, September 7 with free admission for grandparents with an accompanying paid child admission ($4/child). In addition to regular weekend programming, grandparents can pick up a copy of a family tree to fill out with their family.  Registration is not required.

Visitors are invited to participate in living history activities including stagecoach rides, cooking on the wood-burning cookstove, touring the historic Mahaffie house, blacksmithing, farm chores and more. 


Fall Cemetery Tour tickets on sale
Released August 14, 2014
Tickets for the popular Fall Cemetery Tours are now available. The Historic Cemetery Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff and volunteers portraying historic people. The tours will focus on veterans from different conflicts at rest in the cemetery. Fall Cemetery Tours will be Thursday, October 9; Friday, October 10; and Saturday, October 11. Tour times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. (There will be no 8:30 p.m. tour on Saturday). Required tickets cost $7/adults and $5/children ages 5-11.  Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. or by calling 913-971-5111.


Coming to America: ship passenger arrival lists
Released August 14, 2014
Jessica Hopkins, National Archives of Kansas City, will discuss types of ship passenger arrival lists, dates, forms, and search techniques to help trace your ancestors’ journey to the United States.  The program will run from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on August 19 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Register on the library events page or call 913-971-6888.


A visit with author Greg Kincaid
Released August 14, 2014
Join local author Greg Kincaid as he talks about his new book, Tantric Coconuts, from 6 – 8 p.m. on August 19 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The book will be available for purchase. Registration is not required.


Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Olathe Farmers’ Market
Released August 14, 2014
Stop by the Friends of the Library booth and purchase cookbooks, gardening books and pleasure reading beginning at 8 a.m. on August 23 at the Olathe Community Center parking lot, 1205 E. Kansas City Road.


Black Bob Bay open weekends only
Released August 14, 2014
Black Bob Bay will be open on Saturday and Sunday only from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, September 1.  Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier Trail pools closed earlier this month. For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.


City responding to blue-green algae at Cedar Lake
Released August 14, 2014
Last week, the City of Olathe received notification from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) that Cedar Lake (15500 S. Lone Elm Road) tested positive for high levels of blue-green algae.

Though blue-green algae blooms are natural phenomena, exposure to high levels can be dangerous to both humans and animals.  While swimming is not permitted at Cedar Lake, the City is urging park visitors to be mindful of pets and make sure they do not swim in or drink from the lake until the algae levels are reduced. Users of Cedar Lake are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Use clean/potable water to clean any part of the body or pets that come into contact with lake water
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation
  • Fish with these precautions:
    • Wash fish with fresh water
    • Clean and gut thoroughly, properly disposing of the guts
    • Wash hands thoroughly
    • Consume only the filet portion of the fish

Out of extra caution, the City of Olathe posted signs at the lake alerting visitors.  The City is working closely with the KDHE to assess and monitor the situation.  Once it is determined that lake algae levels are safe, the signs will be removed and the public will be notified. Additional information about blue-green algae is available on the KDHE website.


This Edition of e-News - August 11, 2014:
• School is in session; please drive carefully
• Use Your Blue: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
• BNSF railroad to close 159th street crossing August 11-12
• Stay current on Olathe’s growth
• Construction update: 127th street opens on Monday, August 11
• Black Bob Bay remains open through Labor Day with reduced hours
• T.A.K.E. foundation seminar moves to Olathe Community Center October 4
• Mahaffie: 1860s living history continues through Labor Day
• Registration open for Fall Fun on the Farm Homeschool Day
• Senator Roberts stops in Olathe on listening tour

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


School is in session; please drive carefully
Please slow down and use caution near schools as students return to the classroom this week.

Olathe Public Schools students in first through sixth and ninth grades start with a half day Wednesday, August 13. The first full day of school for all K-12 students starts Thursday.

Safety information for drivers, bus riders and students who walk to school; crossing guard information; and maps of safe routes to schools  are available on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org/SchoolSafety.


Use Your Blue: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The City of Olathe encourages residents to divert waste from the landfill by recycling.  Olathe’s diversion rate was 38.29 percent in 2013, exceeding the national average of 35 percent. Improve our diversion rate more with these helpful recycling tips:

Do you have more recycling than space in your blue recycling cart? The City of Olathe will provide a larger or additional recycling cart to you at no charge. To request one, call Customer Service at 913-971-9311 or visit OlatheKS.org/OlatheConnect.

Wondering what do with all of that glass? The City has partnered with Ripple Glass to provide glass recycling at three Olathe drop-off sites, located at Kansas Avenue and Poplar Street; 13600 S. Alden Street (in the northeast corner of the Walmart parking lot); and Parker & Santa Fe Street (north of the pharmacy drive-thru in the Walmart parking lot).

Not sure what can be placed in your blue cart? For a complete list of acceptable recycling items, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS/curbside-recycling. Or, for a handy reference to carry with you, download the free Olathe Trash Day mobile app, available in the App Store and Google Play. This mobile app includes a complete list of what can and cannot be recycled in your blue recycling cart.

Wondering what to do with your electronic waste and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)? Any Johnson County resident can schedule an appointment to drop off electronic waste or HHW by calling Customer Service at 913-971-9311. You can also dispose of HHW on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is required.  Electronic waste is not accepted on the second Saturday of the month. For a complete list of items accepted, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS/Trash/Residential/Hazardous.

Remember to “Use Your Blue” and help us divert 40 percent of our waste in 2014.


BNSF railroad to close 159th street crossing August 11-12
BNSF will close the 159th street railroad crossing on Monday, August 11 at 7 a.m.  It will re-open at 5 p.m. on August 12. Traffic will be re-routed to Old 56 Hwy.


Stay current on Olathe’s growth
Learn about the city’s growth and demographic trends in the annual City of Olathe Demographics and Development Report now available online. In addition, subscribe to e-News to receive current reports and updates.   Find the e-News subscribe feature in the footer area at OlatheKS.org.


Construction Update: 127th Street opens on Monday, August 11
Beginning Monday, August 11, 127th Street, from Black Bob Road to Pflumm Road, will be open to traffic one lane in each direction. Construction of this project began in May 2013, and various sections of this road have been closed since that time. Improvements on this road included upgrading from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided arterial with new sidewalks and a multi-use path. The project is expected to be complete by October 2014, weather permitting. For more information, visit Improve127th.com.


Black Bob Bay remains open through Labor Day with reduced hours
The swim season is coming to a close as the school year approaches and lifeguards head back to school. Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting August 11:
• August 11-15; Open Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• August 16 – September 1 (Labor Day) – Open Saturday and Sunday only 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about Olathe public pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.


T.A.K.E. Foundation seminar moves to Olathe Community Center October 4
In cooperation with several parks and recreation programs, Olathe Parks & Recreation will host The Ali Kemp Education (T.A.K.E.) Foundation seminar on Saturday, October 4 at the Olathe Community Center (1205 E. Kansas City Road). This free, all female, seminar is for ages 12 and up from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation seminar represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp. Ali, a 19-year-old Leawood resident, was murdered while working at an area residential pool in 2002. The goal of this program is to raise awareness and give women the self-protection skills needed to avoid becoming the victim of a violent crime.

Participants will learn basic life-saving techniques for thwarting an attack. The event is being presented with the T.A.K.E. Foundation in cooperation with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, City of Leawood Parks and Recreation and the Blue Valley Recreation Commission.

Pre-registration is required and T.A.K.E. seminars are funded by the foundation, which is supported by donations. In order to continue to offer these educational self-defense seminars, a suggested donation in the amount of $12 is appreciated. Pre-registration is required. Register through the Olathe Parks & Recreation website or call 971-8563 using code 26448.


Mahaffie: 1860s living history continues through Labor Day
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop features 1860s living history Wednesdays-Saturdays  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Activities may include stagecoach rides, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie House and the new Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Admission is $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $1 off admission which includes all activities!  Mahaffie also participates in the Blue Star Museums program where active military personnel receive up to five free admissions with a valid ID.


Registration open for Fall Fun on the Farm Homeschool Day
Registration is open for Fall Fun on the Farm Homeschool Day on Thursday, September 11. This program offers two sessions of 1860s Fall Living History activities that may include: Mahaffie house tours, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations and visiting the new Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn. Sessions are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free The stagecoach ride cost is $2/adult Registration is required by Thursday, September 4 and payment is due the day of the program.

New this year for Fall Homeschool Day is an opportunity for discounted admission to the Olathe Community Center on September 11 only. Homeschool Day participants who pay admission can receive a coupon for half the price of daily admission to the Olathe Community Center (Regular Community Center admission is $6, coupon allows participants to enter for $3). Bring your swim suits and enjoy the indoor natatorium! To register, visit mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111.


Senator Roberts stops in Olathe on listening tour
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts will make a stop in Olathe on his listening tour through Kansas.  The Johnson County Town Hall meeting will be at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe, on Thursday, August 14, 10 to 11 a.m. Roberts will listen to comments and concerns from constituents.  The meeting is open to the public and the media.
 


This Edition of e-News - August 4, 2014:

  • Olathe culinary students take on the market
  • 2014 pool schedule changes announced
  • Too Cool to Drool set for September 7
  • Get involved in the 2015 budget process
  • Lane reductions at K-7 (Parker) and Santa Fe
  • Weekend closure at K-7/US 169/151st Street interchange
  • Olathe Teen Council seeking motivated teens
  • 1860s living history continues through Labor Day
  • Registration open for 2014-2015 school programs
  • Chick fil-A cow to ride stagecoach

City Council
Released August 4, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Olathe culinary students take on the market
Released August 4, 2014
The fourth annual COUNTRY Chef Challenge is back, as top student chefs from the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts program go head-to-head in a cooking competition at the Olathe Farmers’ Market Olathe Community Center location at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.

Using fresh ingredients from the market, teams from Les Arts Culinaires will create original dishes in front of a live audience. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team. The top three teams will be awarded scholarships on Aug. 30.


2014 pool schedule changes announced
Released August 4, 2014
The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August as follows: 

  • Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close on Sunday, August 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting August 11:
    • August 11-15; Open Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • August 16 – September 1 (Labor Day) – Open Saturday and Sunday only 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Millcreek Pool is closed for the season.

For more information about Olathe public pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation on the City’s website.


Too Cool to Drool set for September 7
Released August 4, 2014
You and your favorite pups are invited to a dog-only swim to close out another great aquatics season. The annual Too Cool to Drool event will be held Sunday, September 7 at Black Bob Bay. Small dogs, 25 pounds or less, have the pool to themselves at 1 p.m. Large dogs can join at 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged and the first 75 pups will receive a special doggie bag filled with four-legged and two-legged friend treats. To register, call 913-971-8563.The cost is $10 per dog.


Get involved in the 2015 budget process
Released August 4, 2014
What City services and programs are most important to you? Provide your input into the 2015 budget process.

  • Attend the public hearing and provide your feedback on the 2015 proposed budget at 7 p.m. on August 5 in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.
  • View brief videos of the City Manager’s proposed budget.  
  • Review the presentation given at the public input session on July 7.
  • Plan to attend the City Council meeting on August 19.  The Council will consider adopting the 2015 budget, 2015- 2019 Capital Improvement Plan, and fee resolution.
  • Submit a question or comment online at the Budget Inquiry Box.

Lane reductions at K-7 (Parker) and Santa Fe
Released August 4, 2014
Due to street resurfacing, expect lane reductions and delays at the intersection of K-7 (Parker Street) and Santa Fe nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Wednesday, August 6. Additional work may also require lane reductions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Weekend closure at K-7/US 169/151st Street interchange August 8 – 11
Released August 4, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation will have closures and lane reductions at the K-7/US 169/151st Street and I-35 interchange beginning at 9 p.m. Friday evening through 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The weekend closures include:

  • K-7/US 169 traffic will be reduced to one single lane in each direction through the interchange.
  • Access to West Meadow Lane (mall entrance) will be closed.
  • Access to Hamilton Circle will be closed.

Marked detours will be provided. Hamilton Circle traffic will proceed to Old US 56 to Public Safety Entrance Road for access during the weekend closure. Drivers should expect minor delays.

The overall project is scheduled for completion by late September 2014, weather permitting.


Olathe Teen Council seeking motivated teens
Released August 4, 2014
The City of Olathe is looking for youth, grades 9-12, to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2014-2015 school year. The Council, modeled loosely after the Olathe City Council, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about local government, meet community leaders, and plan service opportunities within the community. Three representatives are accepted from each public Olathe high school, with three representatives from private and home schools. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply. Additional details and an online application are available at Teen Council. All applications must be received by Friday, August 29 to be considered.


1860s living history continues through Labor Day
Released August 4, 2014
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop features 1860s living history Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities may include stagecoach rides, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie House and the new Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn, and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Admission is $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $1 off admission which includes all activities!  Mahaffie also participates in the Blue Star Museums program where active military personnel receive up to five free admissions with a valid ID.


Registration open for 2014-2015 school programs
Released August 4, 2014
Mahaffie offers a variety of school programs for all ages. Programs align with Kansas and Missouri State Standards and feature interactive 1860s living history activities. School programs include:

  • Growing Up Victorian: Kindergarten-2nd Grade, features activities about growing up in the 1860s.
  • Wagons Ho: 3rd grade-5th grade, features activities from the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.
  • JB Mahaffie Had a Farm: 3rd grade and up, features 1860s farming activities such as draft power and chores.
  • Tragic Prelude: 5th grade and up, features activities from the Border War and Civil War eras such as cannon drills, marching and drilling, and camp life.
  • Home on the Range: 3rd grade and up, features activities such as cowboy gear, roping and branding.

To learn more and register, visit Mahaffie.org.


Chick-fil-A cow to ride stagecoach
Released August 4, 2014
The Chick-fil-A cow will visit the Mahaffie grounds on Friday, August 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for the first 100 visitors who arrive between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Activities may include visiting the Mahaffie house and exhibits in the Heritage Center along with cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations.