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Living History Programs

First Saturday Living History at Wheatland
Occurring on the first Saturday of the month from March through October, the Living History at Wheatland program consists of a series of interactive and engaging glimpses into the life and times of President James Buchanan and his family. Actors bring to life the people who lived here and the history of the site.

Encampments's Campus of History is home to two living history encampments each year.  The Civil War Encampment is held annually in the fall and the World War II Encampment is held every spring.


Sat Mar 04 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Living History at Wheatland

A Great Healing Measure: Will Kansas Be Free?

Image of James Buchanan.Historian George Bancroft advised newly inaugurated President Buchanan that the quick admission of Kansas as a Free State would be a “great healing measure for the country.” Did the 15th President heed his advice? Experience this living history performance to discover President Buchanan's decision!

A Great Healing Measure is a Living History at Wheatland program, and takes place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with tours on the hour from 12pm to the last tour of the day at 3pm. We strongly advise making reservations in advance for your tour since tours do fill up and walk-in space is not guaranteed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you may use the facilities and check in.

Click the button below or call 717-392-4633 to purchase your tickets. Your purchase of a ticket includes admission to the exhibition galleries.

Tickets button.

Click to learn what a Living History tour is!

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