A State Divided Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 25th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Jesse James Farm & Museum

Join us for free Civil War themed family fun. Crafts, music, storytelling, and activities will enhance children's experience of A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri, a traveling exhibit visiting the Jesse James Farm from April 18th to June 14th.


SteveOtto2color.jpg10:30 am - 11:40 am - Storyteller Steve Otto will read and intrepret Just In Time, Abraham Lincoln, by Patricia Polacco, and Dadblammed Union Army Cow, by Susan Fletcher, and will enhanse the story with photographs from Gettysburg. This multimedia performance will leave kids feeling as though they made a trip back in time to the Civil War. The first 25 families admitted to the storytelling program will be gifted with 2 books, Just In Time, Abraham Lincoln, by Patricia Polacco, and Dadblammed Union Army Cow, by Susan Fletcher courtesy of the Missouri Humanities Council's Read from the Start program.


530457_10151283793833713_663004629_n.jpgnoon - 1:00 pm - Period music - Bonnie Pooker and Linda Brookshier will perform songs from the era about Abraham Lincoln, political tunes, marches, and songs homesick soldiers sang.The first 25 families admitted to the music program will be gifted with 2 books, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt  by Deborah Hopkinson , and Just A Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Jean Fritz courtesy of the Missouri Humanities Council's Read from the Start program.


10:00 am to 1:00 pm:

  • 3 craft stations - Kids can make and take 3 different craft projects.
  • Geocaching - Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt. Local Geocaching enthusiast Rita Miller will be on hand to share the benefits and fun of family Geocaching, and answer your questions about how to get started. There is a Geocache at the Jesse James Farm. See if you can find it. 

The activities listed above are free and open to the public, no reservations required. Admission will apply to the Jesse James Farm & Museum, including a 20 minute film, 3 galleries of artifacts, including the traveling exhibit A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri, and guided tours of the historic James Family home. Call (816)736-8500 for more information. 

contact us

Public Services Division
Historic Sites

Elizabeth Gilliam-Beckett

Clay County Historic Sites
21216 James Farm Rd.
Kearney, Missouri 64060

phone: (816) 736-8500
fax: (816) 736-8501

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