• 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?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.