Labor Day Weekend
"The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny" – Pierre Joseph Proudhom
This Labor Day weekend, we invite you to get active in the outdoors with your family and friends by visiting Fort Scott National Historic Site. In support of the National Park Service's Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative (which encourages parks to include activities that contribute to physical, mental, spiritual health, and social well-being), the focus of programs this weekend will be the health, wellness, and safety of soldiers at Fort Scott during the mid-nineteenth century. The talks, demonstrations, or stations will build upon the idea of the fort as a community which supported the well-being of soldiers. The laundress will be talking about her role in keeping clothes clean, a cooking demonstration will discuss the role of nutrition, or lack thereof, in the soldier's diet, a surgeon will be showing how medicines and surgical tools helped or hindered the recovery of sick and wounded soldiers. Blackpowder demonstrations will emphasize safety, and a guided tour will discuss various aspects of frontier healthcare.
Some programs will encourage people to interact with the outdoors while others will promote healthy life style choices. "A Glorious Country for Sportsmen" will focus on how the 1840s military hunted and used the natural resources of the area in other ways to make life bearable. "Bug Juice Use and Abuse" will address the challenges that soldiers faced with alcoholism.
In addition to these types of programs offered throughout the weekend, there will also be a special Labor Day tour "From the Crack Post of the Frontier:" This program will focus on the labor force, building materials, architectural styles, and construction techniques used in the building of Fort Scott.
The schedule of activities for the weekend is listed below:
Saturday, August 31
Sunday, September 1
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge. For more information, call 620-223-0310. You can also follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/FortScottNHS.
Did You Know?
Many officers at Fort Scott in the 1840s owned slaves. One particular slave, Anna, was rented to Hiero Wilson, post sutler. Born free and educated, she was kidnapped into slavery in 1820, In 1849, she regained her freedom, married, operated a hotel in Eastern Kansas, and later became a pioneer.