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Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Site

Shawnee Mission, like many other missions, was established as a manual training school attended by boys and girls from Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. Visit this 12-acre National Historic Landmark and learn the stories of those who lived there.

Address: 3403 W 53rd St, Fairway, KS 66205

Cost Per Girl: $1 
Cost Per Adult: $5

How to register:  Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering.  Contact Jennifer Laughlin at  or 913.262.0867



Tour and history of The Shawnee Indian Mission

 All Levels 

​Walk through two of the oldest buildings in Kansas, learning about the Mission and Manual School for Native Americans from 1839-1862.  Visitors will also learn about the Mission founder, Reverend Johnson and the role the building played during Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. 

Time: Varies. Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm (Reservation required)

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Celebrating Community

Outcomes: Displays positive values
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Celebrating Community Badge Workshop


​To earn this badge, Girl Scouts will be able to tour and be a landmark detective of the Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site to learn about the importance of the site to local, state and national history. Once on site, they can view the national and state flags on the property and discuss the symbolism and state motto that they can view on the Kansas State flag. In addition, they can create a map of the grounds which include three historic buildings (from 1839), master gardens, a natural water source and footbridge. 

Time: varies (make reservation at least 1 week prior to visit)

Outcomes: Displays positive values
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

Flowers Badge Workshop


​On site at the Shawnee Indian Mission Historical grounds, we have 4 master gardens available for viewing to learn more about the local and native plants around Kansas City.  Upon this event, Girl Scouts can meet with a Kansas State Master Gardener to receive a tour of the 4 certified gardens to discuss the plants and why they are interested in local plants.  While on their tour, Girl Scouts can witness and draw the flowers, making observations of their visit and the nature that surrounds the gardens.  Once they finish investigating the gardens, Girl Scouts can enter the Mission to talk about how Native Americans used flowers and plants as natural remedies.

Time: seasonal (make reservation at least 1 week prior to group visit)

Outcomes: Displays positive values
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.