Forging a Nation: Fort Scott in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.

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Features

Prairie on Fire

Prairie Burn Workshop

Fort Scott National Historic Site, in partnership with the KSU Southwind Extension District, will be holding a pasture burn workshop February 9

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Artwork showing black soldiers with guns and their regimental flag

Soldiers in the Army of Freedom

Join us for a program and a book signing about the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment, the first black regiment to see combat during the Civil War.

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NPS Centennial Logo for 2016 with arrowhead representing the 0 in 2016

NPS Centennial Events

Come and visit Fort Scott in 2016 during the National Park Service's 100th birthday. Take a look at our calendar of exciting events.

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Park Ranger Robert Thomas presents Civil War Education Program

Spring Education Programs

School programs have been developed at Fort Scott to serve the needs of students from grades K-8. Reservations now being taken.

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30 star Flag on Parade Ground.

Visiting the Site

Fort Scott is a restored 1840s military fort that tells the story of the site's role in Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas, and the Civil War.

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Laundress Demonstration during Life on the Frontier in 2010

Virtual Resource Center

The virtual resource center is a research aid to students and volunteers preparing education and living history programs about 1840s frontier life.

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Every Kid In A Park logo

Every Kid in a Park

Throughout this school year, all 4th graders can get a pass that will give them and their families free entrance to all national parks.

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Collage of Trading Cards

Trading Cards for Kids

Discover more than 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.

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