Wednesday, January 13, 2010

150 years of Pony Express @ St Joseph MO

You can share the experience of the Pony Express Trail
and join in the first educational event celebrating the
150th anniversary of the Pony Express

Family Day
Saturday January 16
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pony Express Museum, 914 Penn Street, St. Joseph

During Family Day, children will have a special opportunity to step back in
time with our Run Wild experience. This is a hands-on workshop being
offered free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of United Missouri Bank.
Run Wild will give kids a taste of what it was like when the Pony Express
Riders travelled across the Wild West. In the Community Room, Run Wild
participants can choose a horse (a stick horse, of course!) and travel
across all the states between Missouri and California. Along the trail,
they will encounter the ferry boat, wild animals, Native Americans, and
other pioneer features. Special re-enactors and educators have collaborated
to develop this new educational event featuring crafts, games, and prizes
especially for our 150th Family Day.

Admission to the Museum for Family Day is half price on January 16th and
visitors of all ages can view the exciting renovations which are nearly
completed at the Pony Express Stables and Museum on Penn Street. The Run
Wild event is an extra presentation, offered free by the courtesy of United
Missouri Bank. Families who want to participate in Run Wild without going
to the Museum should also enter through the main entrance and tell guest
services that you are only attending the Run Wild event. A special stamp
will allow you to proceed to the Community Room.
The Pony Express Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Saturday, and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. M. Karl Goetz and the
Goetz Pony Express Foundation, along with aid and support from the Chamber
of Commerce, the citizens of St. Joseph, and the St. Joseph Museum, Inc.
helped to save this historic structure. After stabilization and renovation
of the remaining portion, new exhibits were installed and the stables opened
to the public. Today the museum continues to stand as a tribute to the
legend and legacy of the Pony Express and its enduring era.
For further information about its programs and 150th anniversary events
please call us during business hours at (816) 279-5059 or visit the museum
website at www.ponyexpress.org.

Cindy Daffron
Director of Development
Pony Express National Museum
914 Penn Street
816-279-5059
PXDirector@PonyExpress.net

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