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Home National & State Parks Other NPs Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas to Celebrate Pioneer Spirit With Living History Demonstrations

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas to Celebrate Pioneer Spirit With Living History Demonstrations

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The West's pioneer spirit will be celebrated June 5, 2010 when living history interpreters at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas demonstrate historic haying and raking methods using draft horses and 19th Century machinery.

From 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.visitors to the National Preserve just two miles outside of Strong City, Kanas will have the opportunity to help "pitch hay" into the hay wagon with the assistance of ranch characters. Living history interpreters will also demonstrate 19th century techniques of Dutch oven and ranch stove cooking, while preparing a meal for the ranch hands.

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Special interpretive programs will be given at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. From noon until 1 p.m., ranch workers will stop for a mid-day meal. Throughout the day listen to live historic music and watch wool spinning demonstrations in the barn.

On Sunday, June 6 visitors can learn about life on the ranch as living history characters go about their daily activities. Special interpretive programs will be given at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

On weekends in June visitors can tour the one-room Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and learn about a prairie education. The school is furnished with historic desks, McGuffey Readers, a recitation bench, and other classroom items. National Park Service volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide information about the school's rich history.

A 6.4-mile bus tour of the preserve's backcountry is available daily at 11 a.m. with more available as staffing allows from April 24 through Oct. 31, 2010. There is no charge for the tours.

Advance reservations for the bus tours are recommended, but arrangements can be made on the day of the visit if space and staffing are available. A minimum of two passengers is required per bus tour. For more information, call the park rangers' offices at (620) 273-8494.

Guided tours of the historic 1881 limestone ranch house are conducted hourly (as staffing allows) on the half-hour starting at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located two miles north of Strong City on Kansas State Highway 177 (the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway). For more information or to make group reservations, visit the preserve's Web site at
www.nps.gov/tapr , or call the preserve at (620) 273-8494.


 
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