Mess & Muster

Fort Larned National Historic Site


Free. The programs are all free to the public, however there is a cost for the dinner before the evening Victorian Ball.

Dates & Times


Saturday, April 22, 2023


10:00 AM


10 hours and 30 minutes

Type of Event

Living History
Partner Program


Mess and Muster is the annual meeting of The Fort Larned Old Guard, Fort Larned's friends' group. All talks and programs are open to the public, although the dinner does require a reservation and a fee. 
Our mask status is based the CDC's COVID-19 Community Level tool and can change from week to week. If you'd like to know the mask status before your visit, you can call the Visitor Center at 620-285-6911 to find out.
9:00 am - Board Meeting

Fort Larned - Everyone is welcome!  

All Day - Visit the Bakery, Barracks, Black Smith, Officer’s Quarters and more!  

10 to 10:30 am - Full Dress Cavalry Drill

(on the Parade Ground)

10:30 to 11 am - Full Dress Infantry Drill 

(on the Parade Ground)

 11:00 am - Rebels No Longer: Galvanized Yankees and the Post Civil War West

(Speaker Ben Long, in the Vistor Center)

1:00 pm  - What's for dinner? Enlisted men's food in the Army 

(Cooking Demonstration in the Hospital Kitchen by Bob Rodgers)

2:00 pm - Infantry and Cavalry Small Arms Firing Demonstration

(Behind the Quartermaster Warehouse)

3:00 pm  - The Bulldog: Mountain Howitzer Firing Demontration

(Behind the Quartermaster Warehouse)

4:00 pm - To Live or Die at Fort Larned: Frontier Army Medicine

(Speaker Celeste Dixon, In the Post Hospital)

4:30 pm - Retreat Ceremony: Traditional Army Flag-Lowering 

(On the Parade Ground) 

6:00 pm  - Catered Dinner (in the Quartermaster Warehouse)

7:15 pm - Victorian Ball with music by the Kansas Brigade Band and caller Marla Matkin

(In the Quartermaster Building)

Reservation or Registration: No

Although you don't need a reservation for the day's events or the after-dinner ball, you will need a reservation for the dinner. If you'd like to have dinner, please contact Leo Oliva at 785-425-7312, or oliva@ruraltel.net to make a reservation. The deadline for dinner reservations is Friday, April 14, 2023.

Contact Information

Fort Larned Visitor Center
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