Field Trips

Sweep Through History

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies
State Standards:
NATIONAL/STATE STANDARDS:Kansas Social Studies Standards 1, 3, 4, 5
Missouri Social Studies Standards 3a, 6
National Social Studies Standards 1, 3, 5


  • This program is designed for grades 5-8.
  • The purpose of this program is to acquaint the students with life at Fort Scott during the primary eras during the site's history: Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War.
  • Interpreters in period dress stationed at different locations will give presentations focusing on an aspect of life at Fort Scott from one of these eras.
  • The program consists of an introduction to the site's history, and three stations; each station representing a different era of the site's history.
  • The program is held on designated days in April and May and is offered twice each day. Programs are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on each of these days. Dates for 2018 are May 3, 4, and 11. Each time-frame can accommodate up to 150 people, including students and adults. The program is wheelchair accessible.
  • For reservations call 620-223-0310. When making reservations, allow enough time to arrive 15 minutes before the program begins. Schools with a shorter drive should consider the 9:30 program, whereas schools coming from a longer distance may find that the 11:30 program will better suit their needs.
  • Upon arrival, students are given a brief introduction to the history of the site. They are then split up into three groups of 50 students maximum per group. Each group rotates between the three stations.
  • Each station lasts thirty minutes, with the total program length being about one hour and forty minutes.
  • At each station, the students will engage in activities relating to different aspects of life at Fort Scott during the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Confirmation and teacher's guides will be sent out in March. Guides will include pre- and post-visit activities.
  • When making reservations, allow enough time to arrive 15 minutes before the program begins.
  • When making registrations online, please include the number of students and adults combined.

Last updated: March 7, 2019