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Buffalo Soldier themed day trip for 50 Plus visits Fort Leavenworth on July 21
POSTED: 07/01/2015
Tour the oldest active military post west of the Appalachian Mountains and explore the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers during a late July day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Fort Leavenworth and the Buffalo Soldiers is the name of this trip. Buffalo Soldiers is the nickname was given to the “Negro Cavalry” by the Native American tribes they fought, and the term eventually became to be used for U.S. Army units that trace their direct lineage back to the 9th and 10th Cavalry units whose service earned them an honored place in U.S. history. Participants on this trip will see where the 9th and 10th Cavalry units lived and trained. The group will stop at the Circle of Firsts, which recognizes the first contributions of black Americans in the military. Following lunch at the Frontier Conference Center, travelers will visit the Army Museum featuring artifacts from General Henry Leavenworth and a Buffalo Soldier exhibit. The group will also attend a presentation at the Richard Allen Cultural Center to learn about female Buffalo Soldiers and explore local African-American history.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is $69 per person and includes lunch.

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) 826-3030. To see this program online at, follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 28383.

While 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.

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