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Kaw Mission State Historic Site

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The stately Kaw Mission, located among a grove of trees along the Neosho River, was built in 1850 as a mission school for children of the Kansa Tribe - the Native American for whom Kansas is named. Thousands of freight wagons once poured down the Santa Fe Trail near the Methodist mission where Kaw children from the reservation lived and studied. Efforts to influence the Native Americans were largely ineffective, so the missionaries turned their attention to educating white students. A visit to the site begins with an audio-visual orientation about the history and significance of the site. Artifacts from the Kansa or Kaw people are displayed along with antiques and documents from old Council Grove. Modernized in 1926 by the tenth child of the first missionary couple, the building has rare rosewood woodwork and crystal chandeliers. The museum store provides gift items related to the mission and Kansas history.

Location: Mission Street, Council Grove Kansas Telephone 316-767-5410

Other History nearby:
(Burlington) Coffey County Museum
(Abilene) Dickinson County Heritage Ctr & Museum
(Abilene) Eisenhower Center
(Fort Riley) First Infantry Division Museum
(Fort Riley) First Territorial Capitol of Kansas
(Hillsboro) Historic William F. Schaeffler House Museum

05/31 Coming to The Council Grove area
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Kansas City MO June18-July7 The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is set under the stars in South Moreland Park near Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It is a perfect way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. They have several programs to study and explore such as Speaker's Bureau and Poster and Sonnet Contest. The faculty includes theatre professionals, actors, and educators experienced in performing and teaching Shakespeare. Many of the instructors are veterans of festival productions.


Kansas State Fair Hutchinson KS September6-15 Each year, over 400,000 visitors flock to the Kansas State Fair to visit a wide array of exhibits, partake in fabulous Fair food, and see the amazing butter sculpture.
Greater Kansas Citry Japan Festival Kansas City MO October6 Cekebrating the cultural of Japan.