Title of Program: Washboards and Suds: Laundresses at Fort Scott
Type of Program: School Program
Venue: Laundress Quarters
Intended Audience: Elementary Students
Tangible Resources: Tubs and washboards, soap, water, clothing, ironing board, iron, fireplace, firepit.
Theme: Through their work, the laundresses performed a valuable service to the soldiers; through their lives, they left their imprint on frontier society in the mid-nineteenth century.
Objectives: After participating in this program, the students will be able to:
Resource Management/Safety Issues
Since lye soap is caustic, it would be best when having the kids try the scrub board not to use the actual soap. Some kids may also be allergic to soap.
Did You Know?
Many officers at Fort Scott in the 1840s owned slaves. One particular slave, Anna, was rented to Hiero Wilson, post sutler. Born free and educated, she was kidnapped into slavery in 1820, In 1849, she regained her freedom, married, operated a hotel in Eastern Kansas, and later became a pioneer.