Monday, December 3, 2012

Candlelight Tour of the Fort

This Weekend

December 7 and 8

Friday and Saturday nights

Tickets are required for anyone 6 and above

Tickets are on a first come basis

$8.00 each

For tickets call 


Tickets reserved by phone can be paid for with a credit card
(Master Card, Visa, Discover)

Twenty-five tickets for each hour

Tours start

Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
(and run every 15 minutes)

Saturday from 5:00 until 9 p.m.
(and run every 15 minutes)
(There will be a break at 7:15 on Saturday only)

If you haven't had a chance to see the Fort by candlelight, it is an awesome experience.
And the weather looks promising for this year's tour!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

Over 25 million Americans served in the United States Armed Forces beginning with the American Revolution to today’s War on Terror. Veterans Day is your opportunity to honor veterans and their families for keeping this country free. Fort Scott National Historic Site staff and volunteers invite you to a special afternoon tribute to veterans on Sunday, November 11, beginning at 2 p.m.
Talented speakers including park volunteer Robert Thomas, superintendent Arnold Schofield of Mine Creek Battlefield, and Fort Scott Community College teacher John Seal will weave stories that will link past and present soldiers, providing you the opportunity to learn similarities from veterans serving at Fort Scott during the 1800s to soldiers of today.
Combat veteran Chief Master Sergeant Lawrence Cripps, keynote speaker, will present the program, “A Time to Honor the Cost of Freedom”. Mr. Cripps served in the Navy aviation field and flight engineer for 33 years. In civilian life, he served as a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Blue & Gray Brass Brigade Band, a seven piece Civil War era music ensemble based in Kansas City, Kansas. Their primary music goal is to recreate sounds and music of brass brigade bands popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Instrumentation of the group is Eb Cornet, 2 Bb Cornets, Eb Alto Horn, Bb Tenor hour, Tuba, and Drums. Following the program, you are invited to stay and listen to more military music provided by the Blue & Gray Brass Brigade Band.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Event -- Honoring Our Heroes of Local History

October 9, 2012
found the
Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site
two local heroes of history

Fred Campbell (left) and Don Miller (right)
both long time educators in Fort Scott,
the pair has written
History of Bourbon County
(it's what you do when you retire!)

Through their love of history both in the classroom and out
these gentlemen have touched many lives.

As witnessed by the tributes at the event tonight
at Liberty Theatre
which honored these two heroes.

It was our 4th Annual Friends Fest
and friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site
friends of Fred and Don came out en masse
for the event.

President of Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site Reed Hartford
in front of the Friends Display in the lobby 
of Liberty Theatre.

A big thank you to all who made the event possible.
And a big thank you to both
Don and Fred
You are true heroes!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Tribute to Local Heroes of History

Local Heroes of History
Fred Campbell and Don Miller

will be honored
on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
at the 2012 Friends Fest

at Crooner's Lounge
113 S. Main
Fort Scott, Ks. 66701

Doors open 6 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Program at 7 p.m.
Limited Seating Available
Tickets Can Be Purchased at:
Country Cupboard

Fred Campbell and Don Miller left a positive legacy in our community through their excellent work as educators.
They have lived their passion for history as authors, speakers, researchers and guardians
of the unique memories that make Bourbon County a special place.
Make plans to be part of this special tribute as we toast them, roast them and share tall tales of the past.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Herb Garden

The herb garden at the Fort Scott National Historic Site behind Officer's Row.    Herbs played an important part in the life of the Officer's wives.     The garden would provide herbs to be used medicinally, aromatically and culinary.    Although the main purpose would be for medicinal use.
And those wives would tend the garden themselves.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


The Annual Meeting

of the

Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site

will be

Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m.

at the

First Christian Church

101 S. Judson


Please join us at our Annual Meeting and learn what accomplishments we've done in the last year and our plans for the future in helping our National Historic Site move forward in 2013.

Election of Board Members will take place at the Annual Meeting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Trailblazer Workshop

For the 13th year, Fort Scott National Historic Site will offer its annual Trailblazer Workshop.

The workshop exposes youngsters to the mission of the National Park Service -- caring for the nation's crown jewels.

Kids who sign up will take part in an archaeological dig, work in the prairie and gain knowledge of methods used to preserve the buildings and artifacts of the fort.

They will also learn about living history and interpretation and work on a play to be presented t the end of the week.    There will also be activities related to adaptive use of natural resources and keeping the planet clean.

This year's Trailblazer Camp will be held June 18 to 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day.     Registration starts June 1.

To sign up, contact Fort Scott National Historic Site at 620-223-0310.  

Participants must be age 9 to 12 as of the beginning day of the camp.    An informational packet will be sent after registration is complete.    There is no charge for the workshop.    Space is limited to 12 people; since space is limited, those who are new to the workshop will be given preference over those returning.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Civil War Encampment Weekend

Come to the Fort Scott National Historic Site on April 14 and 15, as we honor the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.    This weekend re-enactors will represent Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery soldiers of the year 1862.    Programs for both days will include army drill and historic weapons firing demonstrations.

On Saturday, come listen to music performed by Hawthorne String Band.   At 2 pm volunteers will present a period fashion show representing Civil War clothing of both military and civilian.    Come join in and participate in War Meeting Program as Senator Jim Lane and General James Blunt call for volunteers to fight against the Confederate threat from Missouri.   At 6:30 p.m. come as guests to attend a period wedding representing a soldier tying the knot before he goes off to war.

On Sunday at 10 a.m. learn more about the logistics of freeing soldiers with "Salt Pork and Hardtack.   Feeding the Army on the Border."   You are more than welcome to attend a period church service on the parade ground as volunteer Jim Gallon will inspire you with worship during the troubled times of the Civil War.   The last program of the day will feature a talk focusing on a major military military expedition leaving Fort Scott in order to restore pro-Union Cherokee their land which they were forced to abandon in 1861 by pro-Confederate Cherokee.  

Saturday, April 14

9 am            Flag Raising
10 am          Calvary Drill
11 am          Infantry Drill and Weapons Demo
12 noon       Artillery Drill and Weapons Demo
1 pm            Civil War Music - Hawthorne String Band
2 pm            Civil War Fashion Show
3 pm            War Meeting Program
4 pm             Flag Retreat
630 pm        "Till Death Do Us Part" - Civil War Period Wedding

Sunday, April 15

9 am             Flag Raising
10 am           Salt Pork and Hardtack - Feeding the Army on the Border - talk
11 am           Infantry Drill and Weapons Demo
12 noon        Artillery Drill and Weapons Demo
1 pm             Cavalry Drill
2 pm             Infantry Drill and Weapons Demo
3 pm             Homeward Bound - The Indian Expedition of 1862 - talk