Field Trips

Fort Scott offers two formal curriculum based education programs: Life on the Frontier for grades K-4 and Sweep through History for grades 4-8, These programs are offered on specified dates in April and May. (See info below for specific dates and to make reservations for 2015.)

Groups in grades 4-8 who are unable to attend on these dates but still want a similar educational experience can still choose from one or more of the stations on our Conflict on the Border page. Groups in K-4 who are unable to come to Life on the Frontier could still choose from one or more of the stations listed on our Virtual Resource Center. The difference is that at other times of year (due to staffing levels), the site will not be able to accomodate as many stations at one time.

School groups may also elect to take a guided tour of the fort or to participate in a self guided activity. Regardless of what activity your class participates in, you will still benefit from general information about planning an onsite visits, which can be accessed by following the links in the left hand menu under Planning a Field Trip.

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  • Battle of Cerro Gordo-shows American soldiers charging uphill against Mexican soldiers.

    So Far From God, So Close to the United States" was the quote that one Mexican leader used to describe his perspective on the Mexican American War.  The Mexican-American War led to the acqusition, by the United States, of the American Southwest.  Troops stationed at Fort Scott were involved in every major campaign of that war.  This program explores the ways in which those soldiers participated.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Mexican War, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    Missouri SS Standard Two and Six
    Kansas SS Standard One-Five
    Keywords:
    U.S. Dragoons, Mexican-American War
  • Reenactors portraying dragoon soldiers on the prairie

    In the 1840s, Westward Expansion proceeded at an astronomical rate.  In less than a decade,  land comprising Texas, the American Southwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest all came under control of the United States.  Soldiers at Fort Scott had participated in military missions that helped bring that about.  By the end of the decade the map of the nation had changed dramatically as the nation fulfilled its' Manifest Destiny of stretching from coast to coast.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards 1, 3, 4, 5
    Missouri SS Standards 2, 6
    Keywords:
    U.S. Dragoons, Santa Fe Trail, oregon trail, Mexican-American War, Permanent Indian Frontier
  • Cherokees traveilling the Trail of Tears

    In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which authorized the removal of native tribes living east of the Mississippi River. Many of the tribes had firm roots in their homes in the east and resisted the move West.  Some were removed by military force which resulted in tragic consequences.  This program explores the catastrophe of Indian removal.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four, and Five
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    trail of tears, Indian Removal, Permanent Indian Frontier, Cherokee Indians
  • Dragoon escorting wagon train

    The U. S. Army stationed dragoons at Fort Scott to limit westward expansion, but the events they participated in during the 1840s had the opposite effect. Established as peacekeepers and protectors, dragoons became agents of American expansion, power and destiny. The events in which they were involved in during the 1840s opened up the frontier for westward expansion, for the benefit of some and to the detriment of others.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Military and Wartime History, Pioneer America, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four and Five
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    U.S. Dragoons, Santa Fe Trail, Texan freebooters, traders, pioneers, oregon trail, Pawnee Indians
  • Painting called the Shadow of the Owl which shows the Cherokee journeying westward under the shadow of an owl.

    Prior to became a atate, Kansas was part of Indian Terriitory, which also included Oklahoma and Nebraska.  Several Indian tribes in the East were moved to the area forcibly.  For many tribes, their forced relocation resulted in tragic consequences. This program examines the stories of three of those tribes that were relocated to the area around Fort Scott.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One-Five
    Missouri SS Sandards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    trail of tears, Indian Removal, Cherokee Indians, Pottawatomie Indians, Sac and Fox Indians
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1850s) Montgomery's Raid: Bleeding Kansas Play

    Artists' depiction of Montgomery's Raid-Men firing towards builing.

    In 1858 Fort Scott, proponents of pro and anti slavery factions clashed here over an issue whose ramifications continue to resonate in today’s society. the climax of that year was a raid in December 1858 instigated by James Montgomery for the purpose of freeing one of his men from prison.  The raid and its aftermath are portrayed in this program.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War
    National/State Standards:
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Kansas SS Standards One, Three, Four, Five
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, James Montgomery
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1850s) Scenes From 1858: Bleeding Kansas Tableau

    Reenactor portraying James Montgomery lighitng a wagon of hay on fire

    A variety of emotions and viewpoints about the issue of slavery engulfed the nation in the first half of the nineteenth century. These viewpoints collided in Kansas during the l850s, which led to a series of violent acts in and around Fort Scott in 1858.

    This program brings some of those moments of 1858 to life as students act out various scenes from that year.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards Three and Five,
    Missouri SS Standard Two
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, James Montgomery, Peace Convention, Border Ruffians, Abolitionist, Free State
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1850s) Your Day in Court

    Students reenacting courtroom program

    In 1856, free state men in Bourbon County were driven from their lands by extreme pro slavery advocates, known as "Border Ruffians"  When the free state men retruned to their claims, the next year, they found pro slavery men already living there.  Disputes over land ownership were taken to the Third Judicial District Court in Fort Scott.  One such case was that of Southwood vs. Stone.  Southwood was a pro slavery preacher who had moved onto land previously occupied by Stone. Trouble ensued.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Government, Law
    National/State Standards:
    Missouri Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 2, 6
    Kansas Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 4
    Keywords:
    Bleeding Kansas, courtroom, trials, justice and law
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1860s) A Most Diverse Army

    Artwork of American Indian Soldiers and African American Soldiers

    Fort Scott was the scene of one of the most diverse assemblage of soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War.  The First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment, which was the  first African American regiment to be victorious in combat, was mustered in at Fort Scott in January of 1863.  Three regiments of American Indians were also formed in this area.  Challenges and victories experienced by both African American and American Indian soldiers are explored in this program.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, American Indian History and Culture, Civil War, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    MO SS Standards One, Two, and Six
    KS Seventh Grade SS Standards, Units Two and Three, Standard Two
    KS Eigth Grade SS Standards, Unit Four, Standards One-Five
    Keywords:
    Civil War, African American soldiers, American Indian soldiers
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    (1860s) Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

    Civil War hospital room with two beds and crutches standing in corner

    During the Civil War, over 600,000 soldiers died. Two thirds of these died due to disease, the other third died of combat wounds.  Many of these soldiers could have been saved with modern knowledge in techniques. During this program, students will explore theories and treatments of diseases and surgical techniques during the era.  Students pretend to be patients, acting out symptoms, and undergo simulated treatment and mock surgery.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Health, Medicine
    National/State Standards:
    KS Health Standards-Fifth-Eighth Grade, Standard Six,
    KS SS Standards, Seventh Grade, Unit Two, Standard Four
    KS SS Standards, Eighth Grade, Unit Four, Standard Four
    MO SS Standards Two and Six
    MO Health Standards, One, Two, and Three
    Keywords:
    Civil War Medicine
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