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?
Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.