Volunteers in period clothing instructing elementary students about leisure pasttimes of the soldiers.

Preparing to dance the Virginia Reel.

NPS Photo


  • This program is designed for grades K-4. Dates for 2016 are May 5 and May 6
  • The purpose of this program is to acquaint the students with life at Fort Scott in the 1840s.
  • Interpreters in period dress stationed at different locations will give presentations focusing on various aspects of life at Fort Scott during that era.
  • The program consists of an introduction to the site's history, and seven living history stations.
  • Most stations are wheelchair accessible.
  • Upon arrival, students are given a brief introduction to the history of the site. They are then split up into groups of 50 students maximum per group. Each group rotates between seven stations.
  • Each station lasts about fifteen minutes, with the total program length being two hours and fifteen minutes. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.
  • At each station, the students will engage in interactive activities relating to different aspects of life at Fort Scott during the 1840s.
  • Confirmation and teacher's guides will be sent out in March. Guides will include pre- and post-visit activities.
  • The program will be presented by high school students from the area.


History, Military and Wartime History, Pioneer America, Social Studies, Westward Expansion, Women's History
National/State Standards:
Kansas Social Studies Standards 2 and 5, Missouri Social Studies Standard 6,
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