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Our Mission

The Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation is a local advocacy group, partnering with the City of Fairway (Mission daily operations) and the Kansas State Historical Society (property owner) for the funding, preservation, and operations of the Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site in Fairway, Kansas. The Shawnee Indian Mission provides unique educational and historical experiences for all its visitors. More»

Site Development

The West Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission was the first building constructed at the site in 1839. It served as a boarding house and was originally 20 feet wide by 40 feet long, 2 stories high with a basement. Part of the building that is no longer there extended from the south end of the building for 90 feet. The former structure was about 20 feet wide and served as a dining and cooking area as well as a bake shop. More»


The Shawnee Indian Mission provides the experience of pioneer history and a study of the overland trails for 4th graders from schools in the area; as well as hosting summer camps offering Native American activities for children. The Mission's East Building has award winning exhibits of artifacts for both young and old history buffs. The North Building houses a well stocked Library for historical reference. Each year on the 2nd full weekend in October, the Mission hosts a Fall Festival with "Living History" re-enactors presenting forgotten skills, vendors selling artisan crafts, children's activities, folk and historic entertainment plus food and beverage. The 12 acre park like setting creates tranquility from the busy modern day schedule. There are plans to restore areas of the property to reflect local ecological heritage.
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