"Shawnee Indian Mission" Fairway Things to Do Tip by basstbn
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From 1839 to 1862, this manual training school was attended by Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations. A mission of the Methodist Church, the school taught valuable farming and language skills, but discouraged these indigenous Americans from embracing their own Indian cultures.
The mission also served as an early territorial capitol and was a supply point on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Union soldiers camped here during the Civil War.
The three buildings of the National Historic Landmark are currently closed to the public, undergoing extensive restoration, and are scheduled to re-open in 2004.
Address: 3403 West 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas
Directions: North of Shawnee Mission Parkway, brown signs direct visitors to the site.