19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

June 13, 2011

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19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday

Many exciting and interesting modern items were invented in the 19th Century.  Get an up-close, hands-on look at some of these inventions at a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, Thursday, June 16.  The historic site will be open from 6-8 p.m. for Family Fun Night offering activities focused on 19th Century Technology.

Get a close up look at draft power with the site's horse treadmill, learn about the science of the cannon and shoot a rubber band cannon.  Learn how a telegraph works and help with laundry the "old fashioned" way.  Visitors also can choose to make a paddle boat or an item in the blacksmith shop for a small fee.

As always, visitors can see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try their skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.  Stagecoach rides around the site also will be available; donations of $2 per person are suggested for stagecoach rides.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in June and July.  The open late events feature free admission and stagecoach rides.  A fee applies to some special activities.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card.  Attend each week to collect all 8. 

Remaining events include:

  • Cowboy Night - July 7
  • Civil War  - July 14
  • 19th Century Technology - July 21
  • Kansas Farming - June 23 and July 28

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.  For a complete listing of events visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Olathe. Open hours, stagecoach operations, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally.  Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed major holidays. Please call or visit our website for current times and dates, www.mahaffie.org  (913) 971-5111.

For more information about the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, visit www.mahaffie.org

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
1200 Kansas City Rd; Olathe, KS 66061
Open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.