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EducationKansas Masons and Shriners To Host Ice Cream Social for Over 1,200 Kansas Students

Kansas Masons Support Outdoor Education Days at the Fort Wallace Museum

Wallace, Kansas (August 25, 2022)—This year, Kansas Masons and Shriners from across the state have joined forces to support the upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days at the Fort Wallace Museum in Wallace, Kansas. Brothers from all across the northwest portion of the state will treat over 1,200 public, private, and homeschool students to free homemade ice cream during their visit to the museum on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, 2022. During the event, students will be encouraged to learn more about communication along the Smoky Hill Trail.

Participating Masonic lodges and Shriners in this year’s event include the following: 

Mountain Slope Lodge No. 186
Melbrook Lodge No. 281
Wallace Lodge No. 318
Goodland Lodge No. 321
Hoxie Lodge No. 348
Sharon Springs Lodge No. 417
St Francis Lodge No. 404
St Thomas Lodge No. 306
Cheyenne County Shriners
Decatur County Shriners
Hi-Plains Shriners
Logan County Shriners
Northwest Kansas Shriners
Scott County Shriners
Sharon Springs Shriners
South Solomon Shriners

The Fort Wallace Museum is maintained solely through the efforts of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association and generous outside volunteers and donors. Through various exhibits and demonstrations, they are able to preserve the history of the Smoky Hill River Basin while educating inhabitants about their local history. 

This year’s History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022, from 8 AM to 3 PM and Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 9 AM to 3 PM, and will be open to the public. In addition to historic demonstrations of the telegraph, printing press, Plains Tribes ledger art, bugle calls, early telephony, Harper’s Weekly, and ham radio, there will be an opportunity to observe live oxen, a sutlery, and wood stove baking.

Due to generous support from the Wallace County Foundation and the Dane G. Hensen Foundation, admission to the event will be free, along with special presentations on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, followed by complimentary homemade ice cream churned by area Masons and Shriners. On Saturday night, event attendees can take advantage of this year’s special offer and enjoy a concert by acclaimed cowboy singer R. W. Hampton at 7 PM, preceded by award-winning chuckwagon food offered by Doc and Laura Jones and family, for only $30! 

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