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Mitchell Farmstead/Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie Preserve Celebration • Wabaunsee County

Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015 @ 9am
29377 Mitchell Prairie Lane • Wamego, KS • Map

We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Mount Mitchell Prairie Guards and a reunion of the family of William Izott Mitchell, who gave Mount Mitchell to the public in 1953.
Activities will begin at 9 am with docents from the Kansas Native Plant Society and Konza Prairie leading wildflower walks at the park, 29377 Mitchell Prairie Lane, and an open house at the farm, 29213 Mount Mitchell Road.
We will be dedicating the park’s first two memorial benches in honor of John Hewitt and our friend and neighbor Junior Breymeyer on the morning of June 20th.
The Missouri Valley Impressionists Society and the Columbian Artists Group will hold a “paintout” encouraging artists to come for the day to paint plein air, the practice of painting out doors on location. Maude J. Mitchell, Captain Mitchell’s daughter, painted many local scenes using this technique.
Michael Stubbs, local historian and president of the Mount Mitchell Prairie Guards, will give a talk at the farmstead about the Mitchell family at 10 am. Local musicians known as The Haymakers will perform at 11:30 am.
A catered lunch will be served at the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, three miles west of the farmstead at 1 pm. We will need to have an approximate number for the caterer, so if you plan to attend please notify us by Wednesday June 17th at info@mountmitchellprairie.org
During the morning the public will be able to view the log cabin that William Mitchell built in 1856, which soon after was used to hide escaping slaves seeking their freedom in Canada. The home, which is a private residence, has been recognized by the National Park Service Network to Freedom program as a documented Underground Railroad site of national significance.
The Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie Preserve is also a Network to Freedom site, as well as a Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Star Attraction. The public is invited to explore Mt. Mitchell and its trails, including a path to the ruts of the Topeka-Ft. Riley Road, which was the local route of the Underground Railroad. Visitors can now stand in the very “tracks” of this important trail. The park is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. It is owned by Audubon of Kansas and managed by the Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards.

Contact: Michael Stubbs prairiescout@gmail.com 785-256-6228

Sponsor: Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards

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