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May 3 — Sheep Shearing Day     

June 7 — Children’s Day

July 4 — Independence Day



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   The Society of the Friends of Missouri Town 1855 is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1976 to promote and support Missouri Town 1855, a living history village located in Fleming Park in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.


   Our goal is to help preserve our heritage by passing along the culture, lifestyles, crafts and skills indigenous to western Missouri settlers and promote the preservation of mid-nineteenth century Missouri history.


   Charter members of the Friends were key figures in the early developmental phase of Missouri Town 1855. The organization has matured with the site and continues to provide financial and volunteer support to help keep the village alive and relevant — 30 years later!


History is who we are and why we are the way we are.


                                                                                                                     David McCullough

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Missouri Town 1855
P.O. Box 1907
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

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Dear Friends,

     June in the Village is the month we celebrate the young!  June 1 is Children’s Day, an event that you are all intimately familiar with.  We can look forward to youngsters playing at tug-of-war, walking on stilts, making rope and handkerchief dolls, experimenting with tin punch, and sailing toy boats, among other things.  What a happy occasion when the Village is filled with so much fun and laughter!  I am often surprised how deeply the day touches the hearts of “older folks,” who find much about the day to remind them of the pleasant, sweet days of their own youth!

     This year we have even more to celebrate:  our newest milking shorthorn calves have just arrived and have taken up temporary residence in the back of the livery, next to Dusty.  Just three weeks old when they arrived, they weighed in at an impressive one hundred fifty pounds!  And they are beautiful—reddish brown with patches of white on their faces and bodies!  The first of the ewes have just given birth and the Red Barn next to the Riffie serves as the nursery for the lambs and their mothers.  More lambs are on their way--though how many we’ll end up with only Mother Nature knows.  Some ten years ago we had three sets of triplets --so three lambs had to be taken from their mothers and bottle fed.  This happy duty fell to my daughter Anne, who worked at the Village at the time.  She would tend the wee ones during the day and at night transport them home to our garage in “pet taxis.”  The little lambs took up less room than our cats!  At night Anne would bottle feed the babies every four  hours.  Come daylight, they’d return to the Village.  And so it went for a while.  What a happy memory this is!

     On another note, new life is springing forth in both the Herb Garden behind the Blacksmith’s House and the Interpretive Garden adjacent to the Tavern.  The gardens are coming along splendidly.  Judy and Jody and their helpers have worked their magic once again!  I look forward to exploring the herb garden, taking in the scents and textures and tastes of the herbs.  It is a place I love to interpret and I hope I will be even more know-

ledgeable after taking the Herbal Heritage class on June 8th.

     I think sometimes we have become so familiar with the Village and all it offers that we forget the profound impact it can have on visitors.  As a case in point, I offer a quote from Karen Hendricks, one of our Friends who “came out” to the Village recently:  “I do want to thank you for the invitation to participate in the event for the Girl Scouts on Sunday, April 28th.  My  music partner, Martha Haehl, and I spent a truly delightful afternoon playing  music on the tavern porch, in the company of the other ladies who were demonstrating handwork, cooking and laundry.  The weather was glorious.  We laughed at the one speckled hen who kept coming up onto the porch, trying to enter the kitchen, only to be shooed out by the cook.  Not a smart chicken, as chicken and noodles were cooking on the fire.  When all the visitors had left we were treated to hot biscuits with freshly churned butter.  I never ate a better biscuit!”  Thank you, Karen, for sharing your experience with us!  If you have been especially moved by a visit to the Village, I encourage you to put pen to paper and share your experience with us as well.

     Hoping you can soon “come out” to the Village, I am cordially yours,


Jean Loughran


The Society of Friends of Missouri Town 1855

A Word From Jean

The Village will open for its regular season on

March 1, 2014

Open Tuesdays — Sundays

9:00am — 4:30pm