Independence Day Events at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

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June 27, 2011


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Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site

Come celebrate freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe.  The historic site will be open with special activities Thursday, June 30 and Saturday, July 2, and with regular site activities on Sunday, July 3.

Thursday, June 30

Fourth of July

Enjoy 19th Century fireworks and an Olathe Civic Band concert beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30.  The Olathe Civic Band will perform a patriotic concert beginning at 7 p.m. followed by the Gum Springs Serenaders.  The 19th century fireworks display by the Olathe Fire Department will begin at dark.  Plus, show your American pride and bring your decorated bike, stroller or wagon.  Bring you lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides.  Pie, ice cream and lemonade will be available for purchase.

As a special feature June 30, Frederick A. Krebs, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, will speak about 19th Century Baseball at 8:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  From the 1860s to the 1960s, minor league and town team baseball built a framework of shared values that strengthened Kansas communities. This presentation will display memorabilia and participants are encouraged to bring their stories of local baseball before 1960.

Saturday, July 2

Mahaffie will celebrate Independence Day 19th Century Style with their annual event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2.  Join in the historic activities including the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the traditional firing of the cannon at noon.  The annual 19th Century baseball game will start at 2 p.m. and feature a competition between Mahaffie’s stageocoach drivers and a local team made-up of Olathe North High School alumni. Enjoy live music by the Gum Springs Serenaders from 1-2 p.m.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides.  Pie, ice cream, lemonade and rootbeer will be available for purchase.

Sunday, July 3

The site also will be open as usual Sunday, July 3 noon to 4 p.m. with stagecoach rides and living history interpretation focusing on 1860s recreation activities.
 

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
913-971-5111
Open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.