Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
The Gardner Historical Museum is presenting  “Life on the Trails” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, on the museum property at 204 W. Main. The event will showcase what life was like in the late 1880s, when so many pioneers traveled across the country to begin new lives.
The event is being held in conjunction with Gardner’s Festival on the Trails event that same weekend.
Solene Hollingshead and Marcia Gay, both of Gardner, are the coordinators of the museum’s event.
There will also be an exhibit which is currently running, inside the museum with photos, artifacts, books, maps, and period clothing.
At the event on June 14, there will be several things going on to help educate and inform the There will be historical reenactors, artifacts, music, pioneer crafts, story telling, and foods such like Indian fry bread.
There will be demonstrations by performers to entertain the audience, such as a whip demonstration and a blacksmith.
A pioneer campground, including a medical tent, and  Native American teepees will also be set up on the museum grounds.
Four authentic covered wagons and two oxen will be present for people to see.
There will also be Native American dancing to entertain visitors.
Hollingshead and Gay are excited about the event and hope to be able to educate people about the lifestyle and difficulties of the pioneer time period. Gardner is where two major trails – the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails divided, so many travelers passed through the community. And many stayed.
Museum event coordinators want to better illustrate that story and hope many people will attend the event to learn and be entertained.
For more information, please contact the museum at (913)856-4447, or Hollingshead at (913)205-6154, or Gay at 913-707-0562.