Virtual Resource Center
Welcome to the Virtual Resource Center.
The staff at Fort Scott developed the virtual resource center in the spring of 2000 as a research aid to high school students who present programs to elementary students in grades K-4 during our "Life on the Frontier" program. The individual programs or stations convey various aspects of life at Fort Scott during the 1840s.
Teachers of all grades are encouraged to visit the virtual resource center prior to an onsite visit. Within this center you will find descriptions of the types of people and places that your students will see when they come to the fort. Visiting classes are encouraged to investigate the bugle calls, so students will understand their importance when they visit.
There is a vast amount of information about the fort and the people that would have lived there during the 1840s. The virtual resource center is also an excellent resource for looking at how people would have lived in the 1840s, regardless of their location in the country; many of the jobs and people would have been the same. Life on the frontier would have closely resembled the information that is listed under the Virtual Resource Center. There is information available, for example, about the importance of a horse to a soldier as well as the life of a sutler (or storekeeper). These things would be important to all people living on the frontier, not just a military fort.
The materials in this center are taken from books and articles in the library at Fort Scott. The center is designed primarily for high school students, but may prove of value to other researchers as well. Each station has its own series of pages with the following links.
Note to high school students: Your job as presenters is not to just repeat this information verbatim. The information in this site gives you a good background for your presentation. Your job then is to take this information and to decide what information would be interesting to students in grades K-4 and to present this information in a way that will hold their interest.
Role playing, activities, games, etc. are all ways to hold student interest at the K-4 level. Suggested activities for each station are included in the program outline.
In developing your program, you might find the free training course on Foundations of Interpretation useful. To access that course, visit www.interptraining.org, enter course catalog, sign up for an account and load that course in your cart.
Click on one of the links below to go to an individual station.
Did You Know?
Fort Scott never did have a wall around it. It was built upon a bluff which had three steep sides and opened up to prairie in a gradual slope on the south. Many forts were not built with walls at the time; the fort with a stockade is more a product of Hollywood mythology than actual fact.