Fabulous 4th Military Holiday
Evening Cannon Firing Concludes Three Day Celebration of Our Nation's Independence at Fort Scott National Historic Site
Volunteers and staff of Fort Scott National Historic Site invite you to come and join us
Come and mingle with soldiers, laundresses, and officers wives representing garrison life of the 1840s. Test your skills as you take part in the fun of competing in historic games.The bark of cannon and gunfire will be heard throughout the day as artillery programs will pay honor to our
Saturday's programs begin at 10:00 a.m. with "Vegetable Gardening at Frontier Forts: A Forgotten Story". Much has been written about life at a frontier fort. The fort vegetable garden--which played an important role--is seldom mentioned. Learn about the importance of gardening on the frontier in this program presented by volunteer Jan Elder.
Since our inception as a unit of the National Park Service, over 1,750,000 visitors have
A variety of programs offered on Sunday, July 5 feature Fort Scott's role in some of the most pivotal events in American history. "Diversity on the Fort Scott Frontier" focuses on the multi-layered concept of slavery that encompassed differing ideas, evidenced by Bleeding Kansas, but also of occupations not related to military work on the frontier. There were those who were enslaved and freed, soldiers and non-soldiers, people that uplifted the community and those whose
The 1850s, immediately before the Civil War, was a tumultuous time for America;having newly acquired vast territories. The nation would now have to organize them and decide once and for all if they would be free or slave.Yet the debate was not a simple issue of right or wrong, equality or slavery. Come examine the many factors that were in play during westward expansion, Bleeding Kansas, and the Civil War with "A Peculiar Institution: The Politics of Slavery in 1850s America."
On Friday, July 10, a special evening cannon firing will symbolize a military salute to "Old
A full schedule of activities and talks for each day is listed below:
Saturday, July 4
Sunday, July 5
Friday, July 10