Pioneer Days camp comes to Dietrich Cabin this summer!

Pioneer Days at the Little Cabin 2018 Dietrich Cabin, City Park, 5th and Main, Ottawa, KS A summer camp for kids ages 7 to 12 Session 1: May 21, 22, 23 (MTW) Session 2: June 6, 7, 8 (WThF) Session 3: June 12, 13,1 4 (TWTh) See below for camp fees and registration deadlines. Take a trip back in time and learn what it was like to live in a cabin. Dress, eat, work, and play like a real pioneer! During Pioneer Days, you’ll be adopted into a pioneer family and…

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Dietrich Cabin Spring 2018 Hours Announced

Step back in time at the 1859 Dietrich Cabin! Learn about life in 19th-Century Franklin County. Dietrich Cabin is located in City Park at 5th and Main streets in Ottawa, Kansas. Kids are always welcome! Admission is free, but donations to help FCHS maintain the cabin are always appreciated. Spring 2018 Dietrich Cabin Hours  Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  (weather cancellation) Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16,…

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Make your own May Day basket on April 25

Old Depot Museum, 135 W Tecumseh, Ottawa, KS  Wednesday, April 25, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  $7.50 per person – Ages 8 and up Learn about the history of May Day while making your own flowers and May Day basket! All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Last day to register: April 20. Register online or stop by the Old Depot Museum!

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Critter Companions exhibit opening March 17

Pets the subject of new exhibit at Old Depot Museum Ottawa, Kansas—The Old Depot Museum’s new exhibit explores Franklin County’s relationship with animals. Critter Companions, a look at working animals and companion pets, opens March 17. Before the 19th Century, most animals found in average households were working animals. Cats chased mice, dogs scented game, and horses provided transportation. During the mid-1800s, companion animals, which had once been common only among more affluent households, began to find their way into the hearts and homes of average citizens. As members of…

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Hidden history of Kansas, Deborah Barker’s retirement to be featured at the 81st Annual Franklin County Historical Society Meeting

Kansas’ history runs deep, and author Adrian Zink will explore that hidden history during his presentation at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Members of the Franklin County Historical Society on Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m. at Neosho County Community College in Ottawa, Kansas. While working at Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site, Adrian Zink found himself following historical bread crumbs in his research. Hidden History of Kansas is a collection of those little bits of history. Tornados, the Donner Party, a mass grave discovered near Great Bend, the Brenham…

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November 27 Recycled Christmas Card Decorations

Old Depot Museum, 135 West Tecumseh, Ottawa, Kansas Monday, November 27 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. AND 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $5.00 per person – register by November 20, 11 :59 p.m. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Thank you for your interest in this program! This event has been canceled because our presenter is not available that day. Note: This program will be offered TWICE on November 27. Learn the history of exchanging Christmas greetings while creating your own cards out of recycled Christmas cards and gift wrap! Some…

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November 16 Making Victorian Ornaments

Old Depot Museum, 135 W Tecumseh, Ottawa, Kansas Thursday, November 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per adult – register by November 14, 11:59 p.m. Learn the history of Christmas tree ornaments and make your own Victorian ornament. Materials will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own glue gun (if you have one) and any scraps of lace, satin, velvet, or ribbon you might want to use! Please let us know if you prefer any particular colors. Because of the complexity of this craft, this program is…

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October 29 Haunted Lawrence featuring author Paul Thomas

  Neosho County Community College, 900 East Logan, Ottawa, Kansas Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. Join us for a special program and book signing featuring Ottawa native Paul Thomas, author of Haunted Lawrence! Founded in 1854 as an abolitionist outpost, Lawrence is a seemingly unassuming college town with a long history of hauntings. A ghostly guest never checked out of the Eldridge Hotel’s mysterious room 506. Sigma Nu’s fraternity house, the former home of Kansas’s eighteenth governor, is still haunted by the specter of a young woman. Learn the tragic stories…

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