Conflict on the Border

The programs on this page are available to upper elementary and middle school students (grades 4-8) The school programs listed on this page could be done at any time of year except for during special events and the spring education programs (Sweep Through History, Life on the Frontier). The programs geared toward 6-8 are not offered during A Sweep Through Hisotry. The programs that are geared toward 4-8 are offered as part of Sweep Through History, but could also be presented seperately. . Each program runs from 30-45 minutes,

Schools can choose which program they would like to have presented. Two or more prorgrams may be presented to your school, dependent on staffing levels. Call 620-223-0310 to schedule and customize your program.

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  • Cherokees traveilling the Trail of Tears

    In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which authorized the removal of native tribes living east of the Mississippi River. Many of the tribes had firm roots in their homes in the east and resisted the move West.  Some were removed by military force which resulted in tragic consequences.  This program explores the catastrophe of Indian removal.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four, and Five
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    trail of tears, Indian Removal, Permanent Indian Frontier, Cherokee Indians
  • Dragoon escorting wagon train

    The U. S. Army stationed dragoons at Fort Scott to limit westward expansion, but the events they participated in during the 1840s had the opposite effect. Established as peacekeepers and protectors, dragoons became agents of American expansion, power and destiny. The events in which they were involved in during the 1840s opened up the frontier for westward expansion, for the benefit of some and to the detriment of others.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Military and Wartime History, Pioneer America, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four and Five
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    U.S. Dragoons, Santa Fe Trail, Texan freebooters, traders, pioneers, oregon trail, Pawnee Indians
  • Painting called the Shadow of the Owl which shows the Cherokee journeying westward under the shadow of an owl.

    Prior to became a atate, Kansas was part of Indian Terriitory, which also included Oklahoma and Nebraska.  Several Indian tribes in the East were moved to the area forcibly.  For many tribes, their forced relocation resulted in tragic consequences. This program examines the stories of three of those tribes that were relocated to the area around Fort Scott.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One-Five
    Missouri SS Sandards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    trail of tears, Indian Removal, Cherokee Indians, Pottawatomie Indians, Sac and Fox Indians
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1850s) Montgomery's Raid: Bleeding Kansas Play

    Artists' depiction of Montgomery's Raid-Men firing towards builing.

    In 1858 Fort Scott, proponents of pro and anti slavery factions clashed here over an issue whose ramifications continue to resonate in today’s society. the climax of that year was a raid in December 1858 instigated by James Montgomery for the purpose of freeing one of his men from prison.  The raid and its aftermath are portrayed in this program.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War
    National/State Standards:
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Kansas SS Standards One, Three, Four, Five
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, James Montgomery
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1850s) Scenes From 1858: Bleeding Kansas Tableau

    Reenactor portraying James Montgomery lighitng a wagon of hay on fire

    A variety of emotions and viewpoints about the issue of slavery engulfed the nation in the first half of the nineteenth century. These viewpoints collided in Kansas during the l850s, which led to a series of violent acts in and around Fort Scott in 1858.

    This program brings some of those moments of 1858 to life as students act out various scenes from that year.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards Three and Five,
    Missouri SS Standard Two
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, James Montgomery, Peace Convention, Border Ruffians, Abolitionist, Free State
  • Students reenacting courtroom program

    In 1856, free state men in Bourbon County were driven from their lands by extreme pro slavery advocates, known as "Border Ruffians"  When the free state men retruned to their claims, the next year, they found pro slavery men already living there.  Disputes over land ownership were taken to the Third Judicial District Court in Fort Scott.  One such case was that of Southwood vs. Stone.  Southwood was a pro slavery preacher who had moved onto land previously occupied by Stone. Trouble ensued.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Government, Law
    National/State Standards:
    Missouri Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 2, 6
    Kansas Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 4
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, courtroom, trials, justice and law
  • Artwork of American Indian Soldiers and African American Soldiers

    Fort Scott was the scene of one of the most diverse assemblage of soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War.  The First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment, which was the  first African American regiment to be victorious in combat, was mustered in at Fort Scott in January of 1863.  Three regiments of American Indians were also formed in this area.  Challenges and victories experienced by both African American and American Indian soldiers are explored in this program.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, American Indian History and Culture, Civil War, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    MO SS Standards One, Two, and Six
    KS Seventh Grade SS Standards, Units Two and Three, Standard Two
    KS Eigth Grade SS Standards, Unit Four, Standards One-Five
    Keywords:
    Civil War, African American soldiers, American Indian soldiers
  • Soldiers loading Army Freight Wagon

    In our modern world, many of us have come to rely on transportation systems and the operation of stores and warehouses in order to provide us with food, clothing, and other essentials for survival.  During the Civil War, Fort Scott played a similar role as a supply depot that was critical to the survival and success of Union soldiers in the area.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Transportation
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards Fourth Grade Standards 1,5
    Kansas SS Standards Seventh Grade Standard 4
    Kansas SS Standards Eighth Grade Standard 4
    Missouri SS Standards 3 and 4
    Keywords:
    Civil War, supply depot, transportation, quartermaster
  • Civil War reenactors at Fort Scott NHS

    No battles were fought at Fort Scott, but as a center for supply, training, recruitment, medical care, and military protection, it became an important player in assuring the survival and success of the Union Army in the trans-Mississippi West. Students participate in interactive activities in each of the four stops that address these  topics on this mini tour of Fort Scott in the Civil War.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, American Indian History and Culture, Civil War, Health, Law, Military and Wartime History, Transportation
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four and Five,
    Missouri SS Standards Three A and Six
    Keywords:
    Civil War, justice and law, refugees, Civil War Medicine, African American soldiers, American Indian soldiers, supply depot, transportation
  • Volunteers in period clothing instructing elementary students about leisure pasttimes of the soldiers.

    The past comes to life as you encounter soldiers and civilians who lived and worked at Fort Scott in the 1840s. You might scrub clothes on a washboard, get locked in the guardhouse, or learn to fire a cannon.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    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,