Wyandotte to enjoy sesquicentennial celebration
It’s been 150 years since Wyandotte County was established and that’s a feat that needs to be celebrated.
The Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., and Schatz Distributing Company will sponsor a two-day event honoring the history of Wyandotte County, which was established in 1859.
“The museum’s (150) birthday event is a celebration for the county,” said Patricia Schurkamp, director of the Wyandotte County Museum. “It’s an important event in our history and it should not just go unnoticed. We celebrate our history every 50 years with a huge celebration.”
The two-day event, June 6-7 at the Wyandotte County Park in Bonner Springs, is free to the public and will feature a variety of activities honoring the county’s history.
“There are a lot of things going on with the children’s area. Bring your kids and they can experience life in the 1800s by churning butter, making rag dolls, learning the marble game and different things like that,” Schurkamp said.
In addition to the children’s activities, Schurkamp said there would be live music, a hot air balloon show and food and beer vendors. Throughout both days of the celebration, visitors can wander around the park to various tables containing information and activities relating to Wyandotte County history.
Vandels Snook, a local country and western band, will perform on Saturday night, followed by a fireworks show that will finish off the first day.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, there will be a 1850s church service that the public is invited to attend.
The culmination of the event will be the dedication of a new obelisk, which is being organized by the Kansas City, Kan., Ethnic Council and will be dedicated to the different ethnic groups that have lived in Wyandotte County.
“It’ll be a nice piece to have here at the museum,” Schurkamp said. “It’ll be a permanent reminder of our 150th anniversary.”
Throughout the two days, museum staff will be blogging about activities. To check out the blog or to find more information about the event, visit wycomuseum.wordpress.com.
The schedule of events is as follows:
Saturday, June 6
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• 10 a.m.: 1859 Medicine
• 11 a.m.: Magic Show
• 12 p.m.: Irish Immigration Songs
• 1 p.m.: Kansas Old-time Fiddlers Pickers and Singers
• 2 p.m.: Kansas Old-time Fiddlers Pickers and Singers
• 3 p.m.: Hispanic Dancers
• 4 p.m.: Lithuanian Dancers
• 5 p.m.: Hardtack (Music)
• 6 p.m.: Sojourner Truth
• 7 p.m.: Vandels Snook
• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Children’s area open
• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Live demonstrations (spinning/weaving, blacksmithing, quilting, cross-eyed lacers, 1880s horse drawn hearse, art club, hot air balloons, Cow Chip Bingo)
• 9 p.m.: Fireworks
Sunday, June 7
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• 10 a.m.: 1850s Church Service, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
• 11 a.m.: Kansas Old-time Fiddlers Pickers and Singers
• 12 p.m.: 1859 Wyandotte County
• 1 p.m.: 1859 Medicine
• 2 p.m.: Our Lady & St. Rose Gospel Choir
• 3 p.m.: Hrvatski Obicaj
• 3:30 p.m.: Dedication of Obelisk
• 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Children’s area open
• 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Live demonstrations (spinning/weaving, blacksmithing, quilting, cross-eyed lacers, 1880s horse drawn hearse, art club, hot air balloons, Cow Chip Bingo)