Wornall Majors House Museums

Drop-In History Fridays

Drop-in History Fridays are an opportunity for children to explore social studies topics in an authentic historic setting. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are now offering “mini camps” for Summer 2020. These smaller drop-in sessions will allow us to observe enhanced sanitation, as well as offer a low-cost educational option for parents.  We will abide by any gathering size limits in place at the time of each session.

The Logistics
Each drop-in day takes place from 1:00-4:00 PM at either the Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd.) or the John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd.). Please see descriptions below for individual locations. These sessions are open to children who have completed kindergarten through age 12.

Day-of: Please send children with a refillable water bottle. Water refills will be provided. Children should dress for comfort. They should wear clothes they can move in and can get dirty. Closed toe shoes strongly recommended.

If you aren’t able to attend Drop-in Fridays, but still want to provide your child with a fun educational experience, we will be offering History at Home Kits on each of the topics below for $10/each. Kits will include educational text, one-two worksheets, and materials for two activities. (You may need basic supplies, like glue or scissors, on hand at home to complete some activities.) Kits available for sale June 8, 2020 in the gift shop or for at-door pickup.

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June 12 – Interacting with Our Environment
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
When settlers arrived on the frontier, they made a significant impact on the local ecosystem. Explore the environment as the Wornall family would have interacted with it – from water management to observing native plants and animals.

June 19 – A Civil War Field Hospital
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
The Wornall House was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Learn about the Wornall family and how their lives were shaped by the Civil War, particularly from the perspective of nine-year-old Frank Wornall.

June 26 – Adventure with the Pony Express!
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
“Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily.” Pony Express riders experienced excitement, danger, and adventure – and many riders were teenagers. Experience the excitement of the Pony Express during the brief 18-months that it was in existence.

July 10 – Life on the Frontier
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
How did families like the Majors family interact with their homes and the objects within them? How did they accomplish daily chores without the aid of indoor plumbing and electricity? What kinds of relationships did they have and what did they do for fun? Put down the cell phone and step back into time and experience life on the Missouri/Kansas border in the nineteenth century.

July 17 – Arts and Crafts
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
Explore local history and the environment through fun and unique art projects. Get creative with us!

July 24 – Wild Wild West
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
Saddle up for an exploration of the wild west – load your wagon, pack your gold, and giddy up! Learn about how people moved, communicated, and lived in the western United States while in the home of the famed frontier freighter Alexander Majors.

July 31 – Myths, Mysteries & Secrets
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
How do we know what we know about history? Become a history detective to debunk common historical myths and see if you can discover the answers to all of your burning questions!

August 7 – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
Who can work at a history museum and what kind of jobs do they do? Meet people who work at museums and learn how to handle historic objects and think like a historian.

Cost & Registration
Sessions are $25/each. All sessions are stand-alone – attend as many or as few as you’d like! Day-of registration is welcome, but pre-registration will make the student drop off process faster. If you drop in, please be prepared to provide your child’s basic health information, including date of last tetanus vaccination and emergency contacts. Day-of registration may take 5-10 minutes.

Register here!

Read our General Policies and Assumption of Risk Waiver here.

Questions? Call 816-444-1858.

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The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO. 64113

816.444.1858

The Alexander Majors House & Barn

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO. 64114

816.444.1858

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