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Kids Off For Holiday, Pony Express Museum Still Offers Chance to Learn

The Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph offers a chance for school children off for a holiday to watch history come alive.<BR mce_bogus="1">
It's Presidents' Day, but some St. Joseph children are offered an opportunity to keep learning despite having the day off from school.

The kids listen to stories from 19th-Century Missouri at St. Joseph's Pony Express Museum.

"This is a fun family day, some thing we can do together and for them to hopefully get a little history lesson about St. Joseph," says Alison Horn, one of the parents who brought her children to the museum.

The museum is open for a family day for Presidents Day to encourage more people to learn about the history of St. Joseph and Pony Express alike.

They're allowed to "Daydream at the Pony Express" and they get to see and hear things the museum doesn't have every day.

"Otherwise you walk through with a piece of paper and try to find something out about the museum.  The fun thing is that today there's actual live people telling you what a blacksmith would have done or telling you what the artifacts are," said Cindy Daffron, the Pony Express Museum Director of Development.

"They have a really nice kids dress up area.  When we first got here I had to really pull them out of there to get them to do other things," Horn said.

Alison came with her two sons, who picked up on the Wild West theme pretty quickly.

Most of the day, they could be seen "riding" broomstick horses.

"They have a really nice kids dress up area.  When we first got here I had to really pull them out of there to get them to do other things."

Horn's boys are only 3 and 4 years old, but the family day has some hands-on activities for older kids.

The museum says that hands-on activities are the best way to learn history.

"So it's history coming alive.  I could tell you all day about a mochila, but if you sit on one and ride one, you'll remember what a mochila is," Daffron said.

For the record, a mochila is the pouch a Pony Express rider would carry mail in that hangs on his side while he rides.

On a normal Monday, the Pony Express Museum says they'll see around 20 guests. 

On a family day, they average nearly 500 guests.
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