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Contact: George Elmore, 620-285-6911
Join us on Saturday, December 11 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. for the annual Fort Larned Christmas Past open house. This year’s theme “A Taste of Christmas Past” features small samplings of traditional holiday foods from the 1860s such as pies, cakes, soups, stews and bread. There will also be Christmas music, caroling, games for adults and children, as well as a short Christmas skit such as the officers and their wives might have produced on many frontier forts in the post-Civil War years. And, of course, no Christmas event would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus, who will put in an appearance some time during the evening’s events. The Fort’s bookstore operated by the Western National Parks Association will have its annual 20% off holiday sale on all items throughout the day and evening.
Just like today, Christmas during the Indian Wars era was a highly anticipated event for young and old alike. However, there was some anxiety as well. Special holiday food and drinks helped remind people of home, but ingredients were often hard to come by and sometimes had to be ordered months in advance to ensure arrival in time for Christmas. Despite the shortages and hardships, army families on the frontier celebrated the holidays with food, singing and much festivity. So come join our celebration this year and help us recreate that frontier holiday feeling.
Admission is free for this and all events at Fort Larned National Historic Site. Located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156 the fort is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols or by calling 620-285-6911. For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call (620) 285-6916.