The 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.
Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Register: Any questions can be emailed to Jennifer Laughlin at email@example.com or you can call the Mission at 913.262.0867
Location: 3403 W. 53rd Street Fairway, KS 66205; tours begin in the East building. There is a large parking lot available at the East Building.
Cost Per Girl: $1
Cost Per Adult: $5
Current partner programs are listed below.
Tour and history of The Shawnee Indian Mission
Daisy Brownie Junior Cadette Senior Ambassador
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
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)
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)