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Kansans Tell Their Stories 50 Plus day trip set for Sept. 29
POSTED: 09/01/2011
Travel back into Kansas' history through a day trip planned in late September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Kansans tell their stories is the name of this trip, which will give participants a chance to see some of the "firsts" in Kansas.
This is the second of three day trips this fall celebrating Kansas' sesquicentennial being offered this fall..

The first stop is Grinter Place, the oldest house in Wyandotte County, where Moses and Anne Grinter operated a ferry on the Kansas River. Next, visit Lansing to see the limited engagement appearance of the exhibit "Kansas Tell Their Stories" and discover accounts from groups including Garden City's Vietnamese community, orphan trains in Kansas, and African immigrants in northeast Kansas. Then on to Leavenworth, the first city in Kansas to find out what life was like for the state's earliest residents. The group will stop for a buffet lunch at the High Noon Saloon and enjoy musical entertainment by the Possum Holler Four barbershop quartet. In the afternoon, tour the First City Museum and see antique transportation, tools, appliances, communication devices, and other interesting artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Search for the keywords "day trip" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

This trip will leave at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 4 p.m. that day. To purchase this trip separately, the cost is $59 per person and includes lunch. Those who register for this trip are eligible to get the third and final sesquicentennial trip, Freedom's Frontier on Oct. 21, for $49 each, a discount of $10 off the regular price.

While the JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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