When people wanted to raise money for Little Stranger Church years ago, they would organize events such as pie socials.

When people wanted to raise money for Little Stranger Church years ago, they would organize events such as pie socials.

Now an organization trying to restore the historic church is planning a pie social of its own to raise money and generate interest about their efforts, Carrie Ritchey said.

She is the secretary and treasurer for the Little Stranger Christian Church Society, which owns the church.

The Little Stranger Church Pie Social is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The event will be at the site of the church, which is located at Stranger and Tonganoxie roads southwest of the city of Leavenworth.

"We're planning on having homemade pie," Ritchey said.

There also will be live bluegrass music.

Ritchey said there is no admission fee for the event.

"We're just asking for donations if you want to eat a piece of pie," she said.

Ritchey said she hopes visitors Saturday will get an idea of what it was like when people used to have these types of events.

The church was built in 1868. The church and its neighboring cemetery were added to the National Register of Historic Places in January after the property was added to the Register of Kansas Historic Places last year.

It is the third oldest church on the Register of Kansas Historic Places, and the oldest wooden church on the state register, according to Ritchey.

The church closed during a flu epidemic in 1919. The building remained closed until it was renovated in 1929 for a 4-H club.

Ritchey said the building hasn't been used since the 1980s.

Information about the Little Stranger Christian Church Society's plans to restore the church will be available at the pie social. Ritchey said members of the organization will be on hand to answer questions.

Ritchey said the organization's short-term goals are to have an analysis of what work needs to be done at the church and how much it will cost. Covering the sides of the church where siding has fallen off and foundation work are probably the most urgent needs.

The long-range plans include making the building accessible for small gatherings and ultimately taking it into the next 150 years of its history.

If there's inclement weather Saturday, the pie social will be moved to Boling Grange Hall at 25563 Tonganoxie Road.

"Hopefully the weather will be good," Ritchey said.

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