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Special Exhibit to go on Display in April
Two men in a field with lots of dead ducks draped across shoulders.

Local residents, Frank and Joseph Felke, after a morning of duck hunting.

Join us on Saturday, April 25 for a special exhibit on how the sport of hunting has shaped the community and people of Larned, Kansas. Thanks to a Hometown Team grant from the Kansas Humanities Council and support from the Fort Larned Old Guard, Larned's history of hunting has been captured in a Hometown Team exhibit: The Evolution of Hunting: From Survival to Market to Sport.

This special showing of the exhibit is hosted by the Fort Larned Old Guard in conjunction with their annual meeting, the Mess and Muster. The exhibit will be on display at Fort Larned from March 31 - November 1, 2015.

Full schedule of events for April 25, 2015.

Fort Larned Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Lee's Surrender at Appomattox
Two-story brick house with white picket fence in front.

The McLean House at Appomattox Court House NHP, where the meeting between Lee and Grant took place on April 9, 1865.

NPS Image from Appomattox Court House NHP

Fort Larned joins Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, other NPS units, and communities across the country in commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox, Virginia. On April 8th, Park Ranger, Celeste Dixon will present a special program on the surrender meeting at 7 pm in the Jordaan Room at the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce building. On April 9th at 2:15 (3:15 eastern) churches in the surrounding towns of Larned, Garfield, Burdett and Rozel will ring bells for four minutes, one for each minute of the war.

It Blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas

Join Kansas historian and Fort Larned Old Guard member, Dr. Leo Oliva, as he explores the Dust Bowl and Great Depression in western Kansas in a series of monthly readings, conversations and presentations.

Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm at the Kinsley Public Library.

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March 8
April 12

Visit the Kinsley library website for more information.

Image of flyer advertising program series - Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry about the Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Kansas.

Holiday Closure

Fort Larned will be closed on December 25th and 26th for the Christmas Holiday. We will resume our normal hours of 8:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, December 27th.

Celebrating 50 Years of Fort Larned National Historic Site!

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Copy of signed bill creating Fort Larned National Historic Site

NPS Photo

On August 31, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Public Law 88-541, which created Fort Larned National Site. According to the enabling legislation the purpose of creating what would be the first National Park Service site in Kansas was to "...commemorate the significant role played by Fort Larned in the opening of the west."

Join us on Saturday, August 30, 2014 as we celebrate Fort Larned's 50th anniversary as a National Park. On Sunday, August 31st, we'll be celebrating Smokey Bear's 70th birthday with a visit from the Larned Fire Department and the big guy himself. We'll also have special living history and special interpertive programs all weekend long.

Check out all the weekend's activities here!

Get Ready to Rendezvous!

The Santa Fe Trail Association will be holding their biennial conference in Larned next month. The event, which will take place September 18-20 is a joint venture with the Santa Fe Trail Center, Fort Larned National Historic Stie, and the Santa Fe Trail Association. Major funding for the event comes from the Kansas Humanities Council and the National Park Service through their partnership with the Santa Fe Trail Association.

This year's Rendezvous will feature talks on "Hispanics and the Road to Santa Fe". Some of the topics to be discussed include traders and merchants, Antonia Chavez murder, Mexican women marrying Hispanic traders and Modern Hispanic migration. The opening event will be at the Santa Fe Trail Center on September 18. There will also be activities and the closing event at Fort Larned. For more information you can click here, or go to the Santa Fe Trail Association website.

Senator Dole Visits Fort Larned

Fort Larned staff with Senator Dole

Fort Larned staff pose for a picture with Senator Dole.  From left to right:  Chief Ranger George Elmore, Acting Superintendent Betty Boyko, Senator Dole, Park Ranger Ellen Jones.

Mike Gilmore

Former Senator Bob Dole returned to see Fort Larned again. Senator Dole played a key role in helping Fort Larned become a National Historic Site. He introduced the enacting legislation to help make Fort Larned the first National Park Service Unit in the State of Kansas. During his visit Senator Dole expressed his desire for the National Park Service to continue its work making Fort Larned the nationally recognized tourist center it deserves to become.

MCPPP Conference to be Held at Fort Larned


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Fort Larned National Historic Site is partnering with the group, Material Culture of the Plains, Prairie, and Plateau (MCPPP) to bring their annual conference to the area, which includes special programs that will appeal to everyone. The public is invited to participate in the annual conference of the MCPPP which will be held September 19 thru 22, 2013, at Larned, Kansas. The theme of this year’s seminar is: Tipis and Daily Camp Life. Click here for more information about the conference.

Park Friend's Group Has Their Annual Meeting

The Fort Larned Old Guard, the park's friends group, held their annual Mess and Muster on April 27th. Click here for all the details.

Capt. Frank Baldwin Honored during Fourth of July Celebration

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News Release - Fourth of July Event

For Bravery and Gallantry a Soldier is Honored

Two New Artifacts Donated to Fort Larned

Fort Larned has two new artifacts on display, both of them items that were generously donated to the park. One is a Spanish lance point and the other is the Cavalry saber of Frank Baldwin, one of only a few people to win the Medal of Honor twice.

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