Buchanan's Blunder

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The Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum will host an Utah Expedition Living History event on June 25 and 26th in Wyandotte County Park, in front of the Museum. Reenactors will join us for a high-quality historically accurate living history weekend. Units will portray U.S. Dragoons, artillery, infantry, laundresses, officer’s families, civilian contractors, and local citizens. Visitors can expect to see organization reenactments, training exercises, mounted horses, firing demonstrations, and more. Step back in time and learn about how an expedition came together in the 1850s.

This event is free and the public is welcome to attend on Saturday from 9:00-4:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00-1:00.

Saturday, June 25

Camp open to the public 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 Troop Parades in individual camps 

10:00 Infantry Drill

11:00 Artillery Demo

12:00 Roll Call Dinner (food provided only for reenactors)

1:00 Governor’s Cummings Speech portrayed by Ralph Monaco

2:00 Hispano Capitalistas and the Development of International Trade Along the Santa Fe Trail Presentation in Museum Auditorium by Dr. Gene T. Chávez

2:00 Dragoon Drill (mounted and dismounted)

3:00 Artillery Demo

3:30 Evening Parade   

Sunday, June 26

Camp open to the Public 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

10:00 Artillery Demo  

11:00 Individual unit activities

12:00 Dinner (food provided only for reenactors)

1:00 Inspection, Units Departure for Utah

Ongoing Activities

Camp life activities including laundry, cooking, preparations.

Museum exhibits will be open all weekend.

Steve Kaighen, an avocational archeologist will share his hobby and collection of U.S. Dragoon items found outside of Ft. Leavenworth - By the Museum Entrance.



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  • Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 26, 2022 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th Street, Bonner Springs   View Map

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