February 7, 2020

You can share the experience of the Pony Express legend with many educational, hands-on exhibits and activities during the upcoming event Family Day 2020.

Family Day
February 17, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Free Admission to Museum/Pony School
Pony Express National Museum, 914 Penn Street, St. Joseph, MO

Whatever your age, you are sure to be captivated by the Pony Express stories and a day in the museum called “Riding Proud on the Pony Express Trail” with local interpreters during our 2020 event.  Inspired by many requests from children visiting the museum, Family Day gives kids a chance to step back into the 1860s job of a Pony Express Rider. We will have several crafts/activities in the Community Room. The first 400 children will receive a leather scalloped concho for their craft project. We are so pleased to have Saundra Keiffer return with her spinning wheel demonstrations throughout the day plus she will have a small craft activity.

We are happy to announce the St. Joseph Woodworker’s Guild this year. They will be bringing wooden, toy cars to be assembled and colored. One of their members is bringing his “shaving” horse and will demonstrate its purpose during the Pony Express era. Make sure to visit the “Hall of Riders” exhibit. It exemplifies the ideals of innovation, endurance, and the journey of life for 22 riders. Don’t miss this exhibit!

Free admission to the Museum and craft activities are sponsored by Leah Spratt Trust. The Pony School is free, sponsored through a scholarship fund provided by Mosaic Life Care. We encourage families to take a tour through the Museum and Pony School to experience local history and make memories.

“Riding Proud on the Pony Express Trail” is the kick-off theme for Pony Express 2020 Day Camp. Applications available that day. “Don’t miss your chance to tour with Junior Docents and re-enactors throughout the Museum and Community Room. “Don’t miss presentations by our schoolmarms, Miss Kathy and Miss Annie, in the Pony School,” Daffron says. It will touch on 1860s history and what a day at school was like for children of that time period. They will also have class time. The sign-up times are 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 AM.  Sign up is in the East Community Room.  Following a break from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, sign up times continue at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 PM. Class size is 40 per session. 

Museum Hours: 9 AM-4 PM Monday-Saturday. (Winter Hours), 11 AM-4 PM Sunday Website www.ponyexpress.org or www.facebook.com/PonyExpressNationalMuseum/

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