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Free Ice Cream Social and Living History Conversations with Centenarian Roberta Bonnewitz


The Friends of the Rice Tremonti Home will host a free ice cream social and living history presentation from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25 at the historic house, 8801 E. 66th St. in Raytown. The event is meant to recognize Raytown’s official historian, Roberta Bonnewitz, who turned 100 years old this year. Mrs. Bonnewitz and Rice-Tremonti volunteers will portray some of the area’s original settlers as they reflect on the events that transpired in their frontier community during the year 1849, the height of the California Gold Rush. In 1849 thousands of travelers along with their animals, wagons and worldly possessions passed through “Ray’s Town” on their way to California and Oregon. Individuals being portrayed include Archibald and Sally Rice, Coffee Rice, William Ray, Jesse Barnes and George Rhoades, all residents of the frontier community that would someday become Raytown, Mo.

The public is invited to come and enjoy free ice cream on the lawn of the 1844 Rice-Tremonti Home while meeting these historic figures. The house will be open for tours.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

Contact: Leigh Elmore 816-333-3586

 

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