• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

New Speaker Series Highlights History

Volunteers In Parks (VIPs) are an important part of Fort Smith National Historic Site. Their dedication and life experiences bring innovative perspective to the programs that visitors enjoy. In the Historical Highlights series, the VIPs have taken the lead in researching their own topics and developing an exciting new speaker series.

Talks will occur on a monthly basis and will usually take place on Saturdays. New topics are being added on an ongoing basis.

Current information on each program will be added to the park's Schedule of Events as it becomes available.

Did You Know?

Trail of Tears Routes

The Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, (Muscogee) Creek and Seminole Indian tribes were forcibly moved to Indian Territory on what became known as the Trail of Tears. The Arkansas River served as a water route to Fort Smith where they received supplies before crossing the river into Indian Territory.