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

Saturday, Jun 22nd, 2013 @ 9am-2pm
29213 Mt. Mitchell Rd. • Wamego, KS • Map

The Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards will celebrate the arrival of summer at their annual open house at the Mitchell Farmstead and the Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie on Saturday, June 22nd from 9 am until 2 pm.
Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart will talk about their new book, A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region. The authors, an historian and a journalist, have spent the last 16 years driving back and forth across one of the least visible and most contentious borders in American history: the Missouri-Kansas state line. This political boundary — “a line in the dirt,” they call it in their new travel guide — produced the fierce border wars that gave the world John Brown, Jesse James, William Clarke Quantrill and Ride With the Devil.
Beginning at 9 a.m., docents from the Kansas Native Plant Society and Konza Prairie will be at the Mitchell Prairie to identify wildflowers and plants for visitors.
The Missouri Valley Impressionists Society will hold a “paintout” encouraging artists to come for the day to paint plein air, the practice of painting out doors on location. The method was used by Captain Mitchell’s daughter, Maude Josephine, as the primary method for creating her paintings and watercolors.
Prairie Larkspur (musicians Chris Day and Janet Armstead) will be performing at the farm at 10 a.m.
The public will be able to view the log cabin that William Mitchell built in 1856, which was soon after used to hide escaping slaves seeking their freedom in Canada. The home 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 has also been recognized by the Park Service as a Network to Freedom site. The public is invited to explore Mt. Mitchell and its new trails, including a path to the ruts of the Topeka-Ft. Riley Road, which was the local route of the UGRR. Visitors can now stand in the very “tracks” of the Underground Railroad. 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 785-256-6228

Sponsor: Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards

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