Mahaffie Receives Significant Donation for New Barn


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Mahaffie Receives Significant Donation for New Barn

With gratitude, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site announces a generous donation from long-time benefactor, Maron Moore of Olathe, KS.  The personal donation was given to the historic site on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to fund the construction of a large barn on the Mahaffie site.The barn will replace the current barn on the on the west edge of the site. “The current barn was built sometime in the first half of the 20th Century and is in need of repairs” said Tim Talbott, site manager.  “This significant donation to our site will allow us to replace the barn that no longer meets the needs of our animals and programming and develop a new building with those goals in mind.” The photo is of the current barn.

The focus of the new barn will be to connect Mahaffie visitors with to the living history mission of the site. Visitors will engage more with the animals, have an opportunity for year-round learning programs and will be able to view the 1860’s farm equipment housed at Mahaffie.Plans are now underway to design and construct the barn over the next 18 months. The outside structure of the barn will replicate an appropriate 1860s look to fit Mahaffie Historic Site, while the interior will be a modern, highly-functional, public-access space.“We are grateful for the continued support of Mrs. Moore,” said Tim Talbott, site manager. “This donation will continue to allow us to expand on our mission, to engage visitors with hands on experiences of 1860s farming, frontier life, and stagecoach travel while preserving the nationally significant Mahaffie story.

Mahaffie Recognizes Two Volunteers with Youth Volunteer Award

Mahaffie recognized Stephen Lowe and Hannah Seger for their volunteer service to the historic site at the annual City of Olathe Volunteer Recognition event held Thursday, November 1. Every year the historic site recognizes a youth volunteer or group of youth volunteers who have made a measureable contribution to the site. The award is named in honor of Carrie Newson, daughter of Mike and Lynette Newson of Olathe. Carrie was a volunteer in 1996 and helped give tours of the Mahaffie house and helped in the gift shop. Carrie was involved in a tragic a car accident in March of 1998. Last year the stone fireplace and stagecoach artwork on the patio was dedicated in Carrie’s memory. The photo is of Hannah Seger, Mayor Michael Copeland, Stephen Lowe and Councilperson and Mahaffie Foundation Board Member Marge Vogt.

Stephen Lowe received the Interpretive Carrie Newson Youth Volunteer Award. Stephen is a 7thgrade student at Aubry Bend Middle School in the Blue Valley School District. He is in his third year of volunteering and already has 100 hours of service in 2012. He in addition to his daily interpretive volunteer hours during the summer, he has volnteered for KC Kids Fest, Old Settler’s Days, Wild West Days, Cemetery Tours, Trick or Treat OFF the Street and Christmas Open House. His favorite part of volunteering at Mahaffie is meeting the guests and educating them about Mahaffie.

Hannah Seger received the Agricultural Carrie Newson Youth Volunteer Award. Hannah is a senior at Olathe North High School, ranking 6thout of 504 seniors. She is the in the Olathe 21stCentury Animal Health Program, a member of the Science Olympiad Team and co-president of the National Honor Society. She has been riding or jumping horses for over eight years, competing in various local and regional horse shows, including the last two years at the American Royal. She plans on attending Kansas State University next year to study veterinary medicine. The award is given to youth volunteers who exhibit leadership, are a good example to their peers, have a love of learning and history, are reliable, and make a measureable contribution to the site. 

Mahaffie Hosting Trails Symposium

Mahaffie is hosting a Trails Symposium on Saturday, November 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A dedication of two Santa Fe Trail Post Markers will be at 11:00 a.m. Learn about National Registry Sites on National Historic Trails in northeast Kansas, Wagons and other vehicles on the Santa Fe Trail and about the Beasts of Burden, Understanding Oxen. Presentations begin at 12:45 p .m. and are open to the public. If you would like to have lunch, the cost is $15/person, otherwise the presentations are free. The Trails Symposium is sponsored by the Missouri River Outfitters-Santa Fe Trail Association, Trails Head Chapter-Oregon-California Trails Association and the Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association. 

Mahaffie Calendar of Holiday Events

The Holidays are around the corner and Mahaffie has several events for you and your family. Our first Santa Breakfast will be Saturday, November 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Heritage Center. Cost is $7/person and includes a photo with Santa. Registration is required and payment is due the day of the event. 

Have friends or family in town for Thanksgiving weekend? Need a diversion from holiday shopping? Enjoy the exhibits in the Heritage Center and Living History activities Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. Our hours on Friday, November 23 will be 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and open hours on Saturday, November 24 will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular site admission applies, $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe Residents receive $1/off admission. 

Our annual Christmas Open House will be Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Suggested donation is $2/adults and $1/children ages  5-11. Enjoy the holiday decorations at the Heritage Center, stagecoach rides will be $2/person ages 3 and up, (weather and ground conditions permitting) and other hands on living history activities. Santa will visit the Heritage Center at 1 p.m.!

The Holiday Tea will be Sunday, December 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center. Cost is $5/person ages 5 and up and Registration is required and payment is due the day of the event. Enjoy tea, refreshments, and make an ornament to take home.

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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;