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Contact: Visitor Center, 620-285-6911Fort Larned National Historic Site – Fort Larned recently received a shipment of new brochures last to hand out at the visitor center.
One of the first things visitors look for when they walk into a National Park Service visitor center is the park brochure. Not only do they look to them for information about the place they’ve come to see, but they often keep them as a souvenir of the visit. Fort Larned recently replaced their old brochure with a new, more colorful brochure.
The process actually started about three years ago when fort staff identified a need for a new brochure. “The previous brochure had historically correct and factual information about the fort, but it had no visual appeal,” said Chief Ranger George Elmore. “The new brochure has a dramatic overview image of the fort during its busiest years, as well as more in depth information on the fort’s history. It uses both imagery and text to better tell the Fort Larned story.”
This design project started like most Park Service design projects: the park identified the need for a new brochure and then applied for the funding to complete it. NPS Midwest regional Chief of Interpretation, Tom Richter helped get the funding for the project. Once funding was awarded through the Park Services project funding system, the project went to the Park Service’s design center at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia to get started.
When the money came through in March of 2015, the project moved quickly. There were onsite meetings, conference calls, and draft reviews through email with the design team from Harper’s Ferry. One important reason for onsite visits is so the team can get a sense of the park and its story, and take photographs to use in the new design. The Harper’s Ferry Center also awarded the contract for the artist who designed the fort overview on the front page of the brochure, James Mann of Art Farms Studio in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
The Fort Larned staff invites the public to come out and pick up the new brochure. If you can’t make it out, call or email and they’ll be happy to mail one to you.
Besides the newly finished brochure, Fort Larned is about half-way through the process for new Visitor Center exhibits. The design phase is almost complete and fabrication should begin soon. The installation is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2019. More information about the new exhibits will be coming soon.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911, or email to e-mail us. For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call (620) 285-6916. Learn more at www.nps.gov.