Party Like it’s 1843
Imagine, 175 years ago, families had traveled hundreds of miles from the eastern United States to Independence. Many of them had sold all of their possessions to finance the trip. They were dreaming big, risking it all, to begin a new life in the West. This year, we are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Great Migration of the Oregon Trail. Honoring the role our community played in this important chapter of history and sharing the legacy pioneers left here in the Midwest.
For three days, May 18-20, there will be a variety of fun, family activities to choose from including:
• Westward Ho! Down Friday, May 18 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Join us for the Westward Ho! Down at the National Frontier Trails Museum. This is a ticketed event that will showcase pioneer dancing and music. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $20.
• Live Action Oregon Trail Sat, May 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Do you want to ford the river? Join in a Live Action game of Oregon Trail. Teams of 4 will try their luck on 10 stops along the trail, each with its own activity, including but not limited to trivia, puzzles, and physical challenges. The event will take place in Hiram Young Park. Team registration is $20.
• 1843 Lexington Avenue Sat., May 19 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stroll down Lexington Avenue as it would have been in 1843 with your family. We will have craft making supplies for kids, and a photo booth and costumes for pictures for a small fee.
• Bringing History to Life Saturday, May 19 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. First person interpreters will help bring the 1840s to life. Pioneer Trails Adventures will also offer free wagon rides from the Truman Courthouse to the Log Cabin Courthouse to the National Frontier Trails Museum.
• Oregon Trail Lecture Series Sat., May 19, 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Join us for an Oregon Trail Lecture Series in the Brady Courtroom. Learn all about the history on the Oregon Trail at this free event.
• Pioneer Fashion Show Saturday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will learn about the fashions on the Oregon Trail with a narrated fashion show. Truman Memorial Building Auditorium, tickets are $15.
• Oregon Trail Soundtrack Performance, Sun., May 20 at 2 p.m. Hear the Oregon Trail Soundtrack with Dana Mengel at the National Frontier Trails Museum. Dana Mengel of the Mengel Bros. Duo has written an Oregon Trail Soundtrack inspired by diaries and letters from the trails. Guests will enjoy a preview of this amazing composition. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10. For those interested, a combo ticket is available for $40 which will get you into the Westward Ho! Down, the Pioneer Fashion Show, and Sounds from the Oregon Trail. Tickets are available at partylikeits1843.org.
Look for more information to come on these and other events on Facebook at facebook. com/1843party and the City’s Facebook Page, facebook.com/CityofIndependence.