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School Programs Filling Up Quickly at Mahaffie

It’s back to school time and Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site 1200 Kansas City Road Olathe, offers students an opportunity to discover history where it happened. Hands on activities with our animals, wagons and stagecoach make visiting Mahaffie fun for students and a valuable tool for educators. Each of our five structured programs were designed to meet curriculum standards for both Kansas and Missouri schools.

The Growing Up Victorian program is offered for kindergarten through third grade. Students participate in 1800s activities designed to help them make comparisons with their lives today. Hands on activities may include laundry, 19th Century Games, chores and a stagecoach ride.
Three programs are designed for third through eighth grades. Wagons Ho! is our most popular school program and features hands on activities from the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe Trails. Students will learn why and how so many 19th Century Americans went west on these Trails. JB Mahaffie Had a Farm features 1860s hands on farming activities. Students will learn that the Mahaffie Farm became famous as a stagecoach stop and how the farming operation was even more important to the family. Kansas is also famous for cowboys and students can experience cowboy skills during the Home on the Range school program. Many of the tools, skills and words used by American cowboys trace their beginnings to the vaqueros of Mexico. Discover these connections and find out if the lives of 1860s Kansas cowboys match what you see in the movies. The Tragic Prelude program is for fourth through eighth grades and features concepts from the Civil War. Students can explore life on the Kansas/Missouri border during the Border and Civil Wars including the military, Jayhawkers, Bushwhackers and civilians caught in the middle.
Cost for students is $5 and we encourage one adult for every ten students. School programs last approximately two hours. Learn how to book your school program today or ask about how we can bring our programming to your school, Mahaffie offers two programs that can be taken into the schools. Contact Liz Smith at 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, (913) 971-5111.

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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.

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
1200 Kansas City Rd.
Olathe, KS  66061
(913) 971-5111;