Pioneer Bluffs

Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage

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Located on the historic Rogler Ranch just north of Matfield Green, the Pioneer Bluffs Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage invites ranchers, locals, schools, and visitors seeking a Flint Hills experience to come along with us as we journey through time to explore our history, and join us as we examine contemporary ranching issues.

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Artist’s Page: Crystal Socha

We are proud to share a selection of ranching and Flint HIlls photographs by Crystal Socha.

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Coronavirus Update (modified Monday, June 8):

We’re pleased to announce that the grounds at Pioneer Bluffs are now re-opened for your exploration seven days a week during daylight hours. The interiors of most buildings remain closed.

Please read our news release for more information

We still have events planned for later on and will resume normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

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July 2019

Day of the Cowboy

July 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Pioneer Bluffs, Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage, 695 Kansas Highway 177
Matfield Green, KS, KS 66862 United States
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Honoring Flint Hills cowhands of yesterday and today. Cowboy history, in photos, video, and story, by Greg Hoots, author and historian Branding—Leave your family brand at Pioneer Bluffs! Bring your branding iron, or come watch branding demonstrated (on wood). Roping demonstration—watch trick roping, then give it a try! Voices of the Tallgrass Prairie—we’ll record tales of ranching and cowboys, tell your story! Heritage Roundup—we invite families to bring ranch exhibits and photos that share a story. Cowboy movies shown in…

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August 2019

Tallgrass Tales – Stories from the Flint Hills

August 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn, 695 Kansas Highway 177
Matfield Green, KS 66862 United States
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Faces from the Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie video interview series

A collection of recollections from seasoned Flint Hills ranchers and other cow-folk, captured on film by Kansas photographer Mark Feiden. Project funded by Humanities Kansas.

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September 2019

Steve Cormier, Cowboy Poet

September 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn, 695 Kansas Highway 177
Matfield Green, KS 66862 United States
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Steve Comier, cowboy poet
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November 2019

Match Day

November 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm CST

Dear Friends, We have an opportunity to do even more! Will you help? Match Day is an exciting event sponsored by the Emporia Community Foundation.  It provides a pool of matching funds to 25 selected organizations within the area —including Pioneer Bluffs. Your Match Day gift will fund educational family programs and exhibits that you choose (see enclosed reply card),    important in our mission to preserve the ranching heritage of the Flint Hills. To qualify for a match with your…

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December 2019

Dinner from Argentina

December 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Pioneer Bluffs Historic Rogler Home, 695 Kansas Highway 177
Matfield Green, KS 66862 United States
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Southwest view of the Rogler home

You are invited to… A locally sourced, fine dining experience by Guest Chef Dr. Tracey Graham 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7 in the 1908 home at Pioneer Bluffs This is a fundraising event to support ranching heritage education programs at this historic site. Only 20 seats available at $150 each (of which $100 is a tax deductible contribution). These seats will go quickly. To make your reservation, check to make sure seats are available by contacting Lynn Smith at lynn@pioneerbluffs.org…

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March 2020

Farmer Derek Klingenberg

March 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Pioneer Bluffs Ranch Main Barn, 695 Kansas Highway 177
Matfield Green, KS 66862 United States
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A local farmer/rancher combines his love of music and entertainment with daily ag life, and the result has landed Farmer Derek Klingenberg onto the world stage. What does the Farmer say?” At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Farmer Derek will answer this question in a unique community presentation at Pioneer Bluffs. Derek Klingenberg of Peabody has more than 50 million views on his YouTube channel, which features music parodies and original music showing a fun, personal perspective of farm life.…

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June 2020

Patriotic music on the lawn

June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

At 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27, the Butler County Brass will perform at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green. The concert will be outdoors on the front lawn of this historic site, with plenty of space for physical distancing while enjoying a very special event. Visitors are welcome bring their own chair, beverage, and mask; these can also be provided as needed. The six musicians of the Butler County Brass are Robert Gusé, Christine Moose, Rick Moose, Eric Pretz, John Templin,…

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