• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Celebrates National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day

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Date: April 6, 2010

Calling all kids! On Saturday, April 24, 2010 bring your family to the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site visitor center, Cheyenne, Oklahoma, and celebrate National Park Week (April 19-25) and Junior Ranger Day. The activities begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m. and are specifically for kids of all ages!

We have many fun things planned.  If the wind cooperates, Kiowa tribesman, James Coverdale and the park staff will raise the park’s tipi in the morning. Afterwards, he will teach children about Ledger Art and demonstrate how to tell their stories using ledger art. Junior Ranger favorite, Woodson Whitebird will also be here with his wonderful exhibits and stories.

Long-time Cheyenne resident, Jerry Calvert, will speak about the history of the peace pipe and the materials used to make a pipe. He will bring displays of pipes which he has made. Park Guide Minoma Littlehawk will lead a workshop on how to make your own warrior shield.  Outside activities planned by park staff include a nature walk/scavenger hunt and a warrior’s yell.  These activities will be held rain, shine or howling wind.

A special treat this year will be, Dr. William Renicke, Acting Assistant Surgeon for the 7th Cavalry who will present Field Surgery techniques.

Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch – however, there will be free popcorn! Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

The first 100 kids will be given special Junior Ranger Day patches and certificates commemorating this special day.  We look forward to seeing you!

Did You Know?

Camp Supply 1869

Camp Supply, Indian Territory, was established November 1868, to support General Philip Sheridan's winter campaign against the Southern Plains Indians. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th U.S. Cavalry left this camp to search for and engage "hostiles" reported to be in their winter camps along the Washita River. This historic post is located 13 miles north of Woodward, Oklahoma on Highway 183.