Home for the Holidays- A Frontier Christmas

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Date: December 2, 2011
Contact: Fort Larned NHS, 620-285-6911


Join us on Saturday, December 10 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the annual Fort Larned Christmas Past open house.This year's theme "Home for the Holidays: A Frontier Christmas" will be a window into Christmas celebrations at the fort in 1868.Take a peek at several scenes of a frontier Christmas, taste some traditional holiday foods, and join us for an evening Christmas party in the Post Hospital, complete with a visit from Santa Claus.

The Christmas scenes will be "Christmas on Officers' Row" in the recently completed North Officers' Quarters, an "Enlisted Men's Christmas" in the Barracks, and "Christmas for the Sick in the Hospital".Tours will be conducted every 15 minutes by tour guides dressed in 1860s' clothing.There is no need for a reservation, simply come in any time between 1:00 and 5:15 pm and join the next available tour. Holiday food made from 1860s' recipes will be available in the Visitor Center from 1:00 - 5:30.The scenes will be closed at 5:30 so everyone can gather in the Hospital for a Christmas Party from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, ending with a visit from Santa Claus.

Just like today, Christmas during the Indian Wars era was a highly anticipated event for young and old alike.Special holiday food, drinks and traditions helped remind people of home, although it often took some planning to create the holiday atmosphere.Ingredients for holiday foods were often hard to come by and sometimes had to be ordered months before Christmas, while decorations were often made from whatever was on hand.Despite the shortages and hardships, army families on the frontier celebrated the holidays with food, singing and much festivity.Join our celebration this year and help us recreate that frontier holiday feeling.

Admission is free for this and all events at Fort Larned.The park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the year.Fort Larned is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.Visit Fort Larned on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols.For more information, call 620-285-6911 or email to fols_superintendent@nps.gov.Or, write to: Superintendent, Fort Larned National Historic Site, 1767 Kansas Highway 156, Larned, Kansas 67550.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


(620) 285-6911
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