Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kansas Road Trip 2012: Shawnee Indian Mission

Driving across the Shawnee Mission Parkway on our way to Country Club Plaza and UMKC we had probably passed the small sign for the Shawnee Indian Mission dozens of times over the past few years.  So this year we decided to stop.

The Shawnee Indiana Mission historic site is just blocks off the parkway and is a collection of historic buildings dating back to the 1800's when the mission was founded as a manual training school for young boys and girls.  Boys and girls at the mission went to school about six hours each day except on weekends when school was only three hours.  Girls helped with sewing, laundry, cooking and other duties while the boys worked in the farm and shop.  Bedtime was 8:00pm because the boys and girls got up at four in the morning.

The historic Shawnee Indian Mission site can be toured for just a few dollars a person, but we think their annual fall fair would be the best time to visit.  During the fall fair they have demonstrations, storytellers, crafts and even a play.  Check out their website for more information and look for more tips on great places to visit in Kansas City right here on Josh and Joe Travels!

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