For two days over the weekend, the usually bucolic Shawnee Indian Mission historical site in Fairway transformed into a bustling 1840s school.
Trappers sat outside their teepees. Blacksmiths stoked a fire. Musicians plucked banjos. The 25th annual Fall Festival featured a busy mix of historical reenactors, Native American dancers, and craftsman — and a call for donations.
The mission’s foundation board is opening a campaign to raise $1 million to fund repairs to the site, which was started in the mid-1830s as a place where children from relocated Native American tribes could get a technical education. For more information, call the Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation at 913-262-0867.