Memorial Day Holiday Events
This Memorial Day weekend, you and your family are invited to visit Fort Scott National Historic Site and learn more about crucial events of the mid-1800s that helped shape our national character. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a frontier military fort. Celebrate the weekend with traditional living history programs, cooking demonstrations, and artillery firings. A guided tour will be offered at 1 p.m. each day and a National Moment of Remembrance honoring America's fallen heroes will be held Monday at 3 p.m.
Come Saturday, May 24, and see soldiers, civilians, and ladies of the 1840s Old Army Era. Visit with the post surgeon about the ailments and cures of the day. Jump in and assist the post laundresses as they wash and mend soldiers' clothes. Smell the aroma of freshly baked bread from the fort bake house and watch as the soldiers and women of the fort go about their daily routines. Visit with the Guard and learn about crime and punishment, frontier style. In "Gallery of Heroes", volunteer Arnold Schofield will focus on soldiers from Fort Scott who died in the line of duty. Highlighting the day's activities will be a Memorial Day Tableau paying tribute to fallen officers and soldiers at Fort Scott during the frontier years, "Bleeding Kansas", and the Civil War.
Activities will continue on Sunday and Monday with more artillery demonstrations and programs focused on various historical events in which Fort Scott was involved. The program Democracy Run Wild examines the turbulent politics of Bourbon County and Kansas Territory during the 1850s. "Flash Flood" will focus on the role that the dragoon soldier played in westward expansion. Fort Scott's Medal of Honor Recipients will be honored with a presentation offering a brief history of the Medal of Honor from its beginnings. Three Fort Scott Medal of Honor recipients will be highlighted with a history of the soldier, his citation, an explanation of the engagement, and post-war information. Listen to patriotic music from the American Revolution through World War II as "The Carlson's" play popular tunes of soldiers at war.
The schedule of activities is listed below:
Saturday, May 24
Sunday, May 25
Monday, May 26
Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no entrance fee charged. For more information call the site at 620-223-0310.
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Did You Know?
Politics made strange bedfellows. John Little, a proslavery man, was shot to death at his father's store, by free state men who raided Fort Scott in December 1858. A friend, George Crawford, a free state man, was staying with Little that night. Crawford had once been the target of proslavery men.