• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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  • Exhibits Closed

    Beginning Monday August 25, the infantry barracks museum will be closed for remodeling and to prepare for a new theater and exhibits. Work is expected to be completed by spring of 2015. The site's movie will be played in the visitor center upon request.

Keeping the Dream Alive:Exploring Local History

African American soldiers fighting at Island Mound

The story of the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry at Island Mound will be one of the many stories youth will discover this week.

This summer from August 4-7, area youth will have the opportunity to explore regional historical sites and relive history. By the end of the week, participating youth will be "history experts". The program, called "Keeping the Dream Alive: Exploring Local History", will take place at Fort Scott National Historic Site in conjunction with the Trailblazer Workshop being held that week from August 4-8. While the Trailblazer Workshop meets in the morning, this program will be held in the afternoon. . The program is being sponsored by Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, which is a coalition of about 200 sites in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

The program will consist of a series of field trips to sites in the area. The schedule is as follows. On Monday August 4, the group will visit the Bushwhacker Museum in Nevada, MO. On Tuesday August 5, Prairie State Park near Mindenmines, MO will be the destination. On the 6th of August, the group will head north to the Bates County Museum and Island Mound State Historic Site near Butler, MO. Finally, on August 7, the group will take a ride to the Mine Creek State Historic Site near Pleasanton, KS.

Participants will meet at Fort Scott National Historic Site at noon on each of these days where lunch will be provided, followed by the field trip which will depart the site at 1:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided by bus. A representative from Freedom's Frontier NHA will accompany each day's field trip as will a representative from Fort Scott NHS. Field trips will return no later than 5:00 p.m. each day.

Registration for the field trips is now taking place. The program is open to youth ages 9-12 with space available for 20 participants. Youth attending the Trailblazer workshop may also sign up for the field trips. Please note that youth can attend the Trailblazer workshop without going on the field trips and youth can go on the field trips and not attend the Trailblazer program. The programs are sponsored by separate organizations but are being held in conjunction with each other. To register for either program, call 620-223-0310. Attendance in both is free of charge. Call soon as spaces are filling.

Fort Scott National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. The site is open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily. There is no entrance fee. For more information about Fort Scott National Historic Site call 620-223-0310, visit www.nps.gov/fosc or see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Scott-National-Historic-Site-National-Park-Service/534188766701419 . For more information about Freedom's Frontier NHA, visit www.freedomsfrontier.org .

Did You Know?

Montgomery's Raid on Fort Scott

Politics made strange bedfellows. John Little, a proslavery man, was shot to death at his father's store, by free state men who raided Fort Scott in December 1858. A friend, George Crawford, a free state man, was staying with Little that night. Crawford had once been the target of proslavery men.