Bus on Us

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's "Bus on Us" grant program is designed to assist educators and schools with the cost of transportation to field trips within the heritage area that also align with the themes of Freedom's Frontier (Missouri Kansas Border War, Shaping the Frontier, and Struggles for Freedom).

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Scheduling for 2019-2020 School Field Trips

Ready for September - May Scheduling


We are scheduling now for school field trips beginning in September 2019.

  • There is no charge for admission

  • Limited to 75 students or (3 classrooms) 

  • We are only open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for tours. 

  • Classroom field trips are 1.5 hours

  • Please call 785-234-6097 to register or click for our contact page.

  • If you wish to schedule other museum sites on the same day, you will need to contact those sites separately.

  • After receiving your initial request, we will send you a confirmation e-mail and guidelines for your classroom visit.

  • Picnic tables are available outside on the grounds of the Ritchie House. In inclement weather, there is space for students to eat inside the Cox Center.

  • Standard procedure for school field trips visits is to have one supervising adult for every 10 students. Depending on the specific needs of students, additional supervising adults may be required. Please call 234-6097 on Monday or Wednesday to discuss details

 In the Ritchie's Historic 1856 home, visiting students will learn of the lives of the Ritchies and other  settlers of Territorial Kansas and the contributions to Kansas history.  They will also learn of   the activities of the Underground Railroad that took place in early Topeka.

 Students will also discuss the meaning of freedom and its ever-changing definition in  our country. Students will discover the importance of the rich history of Topeka and early Kansas that has played an important role in the shaping of our nation's history.

Freedom's Pathway by Gary Jenkins