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?
From 1869-73, soldiers were stationed near Fort Scott to protect a railroad being built through this area. Soldiers fought squatters who had formed an armed resistance to the railroad. This was one of few times in U.S. history that the army took up arms against civilians.