HANOVER, KS—The Kansas Historical Society announced that Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express 5 p.m. Monday, June 21. All activities are free and open to the public. Hollenberg Pony Express Station is located four miles north of U.S. 36 on K-148, one mile east of Hanover on K-243.
Event highlights include:
· 5 p.m. – Program “Home on the Range” by Dr. Jim Hoy, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
· 7 p.m. – Pony Express reride with mochila (mail pouch) exchange.
· Refreshments, including cake provided by Dillons in Manhattan.
· Commemorative postage cancellation.
· Recognition of former reride participants, special guests, and other honorees including Leo Dieker and the Ezra George Perkins family.
· Re-enactment of the Johnny Frye Pony Express rider donut story.
About the site:
In 1857 Gerat Hollenberg built a one-room cabin on his land, sure that he could improve his mercantile business by locating it closer to the St. Joseph Branch of the Oregon-California Trail. A century and a half later, the cabin remains to help tell the stories of the pioneers on the trail, the Pony Express riders, and the Hollenberg family. The Hollenberg cabin, designated a National Historic Landmark, has been preserved and includes hands-on exhibits geared toward children. The visitor center and museum houses exhibits on westward expansion and the Pony Express. The Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site is one of 16 historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society.
The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.