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What’s Happening if Fort Scott Weekly Newsletter

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!
December 3rd Weekly Newsletter
So much holiday fun happening in Fort Scott,
share with your friends & family!
Candlelight Tours, Art Show, & More this weekend in Fort Scott!
UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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TROLLEY TOURS!
Every Friday & Saturday!
50-minute narrated Trolley Tour
of Historic Fort Scott. Every hour on the hour. Departs from the Fort Scott
Chamber at 231 E. Wall St.
Friday hours: 11 am until 3 pm
Saturday hours: 10 am until 3 pm
$6 adults & $4 for 12 yrs. & under
THE FORT SCOTT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OFFERS DAILY GUIDED TOURS AT 10 AM & 1 PM, 7 DAYS/WEEK – FREE!
12/2 ~ FSCC THEATRE PRESENTS “A VERY HAIRY CHRISTMAS”, 7pm, Ellis Fine Arts Center – FREE ADMISSION! See flyer below.
12/2 ~ FSHS Red/White Basketball Scrimmage, 6:30pm, High School gym, meet the Tigers, all winter sports athletes will be introduced along with cheer & dance team performances. Free will donation admission.
12/3 ~ FSHS Season Opening Wrestling Tournament, 3pm, FSHS Main Gym.
12/3-4 ~ CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE FORT, tickets are SOLD OUT, tours both Friday & Saturday evenings.
12/3-4 ~ WEEKLY LIVESTOCK SALE AT FORT SCOTT LIVESTOCK MARKET, sale starts at 10am both Friday & Saturday, cafe open as well, visit their Facebook page for details.
12/3-4 ~ THE ARTIFICERS 5TH ANNUAL ART SHOW (first show here in Fort Scott!), 10am to 9pm both Friday & Saturday in the lobby of Front Door Real Estate next door to Crooner’s Lounge/Liberty Theatre. See event here for more info.
12/3 ~ CREATIVE CANVAS PAINT CLASS AT THE ELKS LODGE, 6-9pm, click here for info.
12/4 ~ LANDMARK NATIONAL BANK – SOUTH LOCATION HOSTS SANTA FOR VISITS, 8-11am, 2300 S. Main St. Click here for info.
12/4 ~ BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 9-11am, Bailey Hall, $2 per person. See flyer below for info.
12/4 ~ THE FORT OUTDOORS HOSTS BREAKFAST AT THE BARN, 10:30am-1pm, click here for details.
12/4 ~ STORYTIME AT HEDGEHOG.INK!, cookie decorating, visit with Santa, and storytime! 1-2:30pm at Hedgehog.INK!, 16 S. Main St. See flyer below for more info.
12/4 ~ BATTLE AT THE BORDER BEEF LIVESTOCK SHOW, Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 10am, click here for info.
12/4 ~ CLARK STREET LIGHTS VISIT WITH SANTA, 5-8pm, free cookies & popcorn, free will donation, 753 Clark St., click here for info.
12/4 ~ YUM YUM! BAKED GOODS AUCTION AT THE ELKS LODGE, 6pm, click here for details.
12/6 ~ FSHS & FSMS Holiday Band Concert, 7pm, FSHS Main Gym.
12/7 ~ CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ “March into Christmas, 6pm, deadline to enter is Monday the 6th at 1pm ~ get your entries in today! Mayor’s Tree Lighting immediately following the parade, Christmas Crafts & visits with Santa at Papa Don’s following the tree lighting.
12/9 ~ CHAMBER COFFEE, hosted by Sunshine Boutique, 8am.
12/9 ~ STREET ADVISORY BOARD MEETING, 4pm at City Hall.
12/9 ~ DEL BRENNA JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW + OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING, Crooner’s Lounge, 5-9pm, see flyer below.
12/9 ~ CANDY HOUSE WORKSHOP HOSTED BY MUSEUM OF CREATIVITY, 6pm, all ages welcome, $10, RSVP by Dec. 7th, see flyer below.
12/9 ~ LAKE ADVISORY BOARD MEETING, 7pm at City Hall.
12/10 ~ COCOA & CAROLING LATE NIGHT SHOPPING EVENT, 5-8pm, Downtown Fort Scott, stores open late and complimentary cocoa by Museum of Creativity in front of Sunshine Boutique.
12/10 ~ SUNFLOWER SPREADS CHRISTMAS CHARCEUTERIE WORKSHOP, 5:30pm, $45 per person, Liberty Theatre, click here for info.
12/10 ~ BOURBON COUNTY CASA HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER, 7-9pm at the home of Mitch & Colleen Quick, click here to RSVP (deadline December 3rd).
12/10-23 ~ CHRISTMAS LIGHT TROLLEY TOURS, kick off the 10th and run nightly at 5:45 and 7pm through the 23rd, except no tours on the 11th or 18th, book the whole trolley for $125 or individual tickets are $8 adults/$5 kids 12 and under.
12/11 ~ MUSEUM OF CREATIVITY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, 10am to 6pm, 102 S. National Ave., see flyer below for more info.
12/11 ~ FSHS THESPIANS PRESENT A COMEDY IMPROVE SHOW AND THESPIAN PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE, 7:30pm, see flyer below for details.
12/11 ~ CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK event nights on the 11th & 18th, Gunn Park, click here for more info, 5-9pm.
12/15 ~ ROTARY CHRISTMAS SOCIAL, Crooner’s Lounge, 6:30pm.
12/16 ~ CHAMBER COFFEE, hosted by City of Fort Scott, City Hall, 8am.
12/17 ~ BLYTHE FAMILY BENEFIT AT LIBERTY THEATRE, chili feed tickets available at the Chamber for $5, evening will include a raffle, auction and DJ. Click here for info.
12/18 ~ JINGLE BELL HOLIDAY MART, Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 9am to 3:30pm, click here for info.
12/18 ~ WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA LAYING OF THE WREATHS, 11am, National Cemetery No. 1 in Fort Scott.
12/18 ~ CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, Gunn Park, click here for more info, 5-9pm.
12/22 ~ BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT DRY WOOD CREEK CAFE, 9am-1pm, click here for details.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
FROM THE CHAMBER!
SHOPPING ~ SUPPORT LOCAL!
Downtown Fort Scott is booming!
Click here for Chamber member
specialty shopping & other retail in
Downtown & other areas of the community.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
620-223-3566
In This Issue
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
FITNESS FOR EVERYONE IN FS!
Many fitness options are available…
SPIN classesnow offered bySmallville Athletics, every Mon & Wed at 5:15 pm, and Tu & Thurs at 6 pm. $5/class or $50/mo. unlimited.
Total Body Fitness ~ M & W Karen Reinbolt at BRCC@
8:15 am $20/8 week session.
Zumba~ M,W, F @ 6pm Monalynn Decker at BRCC $40 for a 12-week session.
Indoor Fitness/Gyms at
I AM Rehab + Fitness, Smallville Athletics, and Buck Run!
FSCC THEATRE PRESENTS
A VERY HAIRY CHRISTMAS – FREE ADMISSION
THE ARTIFICERS CHRISTMAS ART SHOW
FSCC PRESENTS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
BOURBON COUNTY CASA FUNDRAISER EVENT
HEDGEHOG.INK! BOOK STORE HOSTS STORYTIME, COOKIE DECORATING, & VISIT WITH SANTA
CLARK STREET LIGHTS PRESENTS
VISIT WITH SANTA
CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ DOWNTOWN FORT SCOTT
DEL BRENNA JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW +
OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING

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Chamber Coffee hosted by Fort Scott National Historic Site on Dec. 2

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee this Thursday, December 2nd at 8 a.m. hosted by Fort Scott National Historic Site, located at 1 Old Fort Blvd.

The Chamber Coffee will be in the park’s theater on the second floor of the Infantry Barracks just west, to the left, of the Visitor Center.

Coffee, juice, and light refreshments will be provided by The Friends of Fort Scott.

This year will be the 40th annual Candlelight Tour. The tour centers around peace on the frontier with five stops around the site.

The entire tour is outside this year, so they encourage visitors to dress for the weather.

Also, a reminder that masks are required in all federal buildings and anywhere social distancing cannot be maintained.

The only exception will be at the Chamber Coffee event while people are eating and drinking.

Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information.

40th Annual Historic Candlelight Tour: Finding Peace On The Frontier

A vignette on the tour, 2017.

For forty years the Fort Scott National Historic Site has had re-enactors portray people on the prairie in the 1840s era, just before Christmas, called The Candlelight Tour. This year the tours are Dec. 3-4, Friday and Saturday evenings.

“The purpose of the tour is to provide a deeper understanding of this region’s history, that helped shape this nation, and specifically how the fort was involved in that,” Carl Brenner, FSNHS Program Manager, Interpretation and Resource Manager, said. “Instead of just telling the story, we are trying to help people become immersed in that story.”

Fort Scott National Historic Site glows during the annual candlelight tour event.

Tickets are $8, children five and under are free. To purchase call 620.223.0310

Friday evening, tours start at 6:30 p.m. and the last one is 9 p.m. On Saturday, the first tours are at 5 p.m., and the last start at 8:45 p.m.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to park, present a ticket, and acclimate yourself.

This year there are five vignettes, or re-enacted portrayals, circa 1842-1851. Forty volunteers and 10 staff will be involved in the tour this year.

The theme is Finding Peace on the Prairie.

The vignettes include:

  • Soldiers arriving at the fort, who are acting as peacekeepers between the Native Americans and the Anglo-European settlers.
  • Soldiers protecting trade goods along the Santa Fe Trail, keeping the peace. Fort Scott High School drama students helped write the script for this portrayal.
  • Soldiers returning from the Mexican-American War, celebrating the Peace Treaty of 1848.
  • Keeping peace along the Arkansas River by escorting people heading to the California Gold Rush, looking for fortune.
  • A traveling minister came through the fort in 1851, providing a message of peace on earth to the soldiers.

Brenner said there are approximately 25 tickets left and the later tours, after 8:15 p.m., there are some available for families or groups.

Tours will be all outside, so visitors should dress to stay warm.

“Masks are required in all federal buildings, including the visitor center and restrooms,” Brenner said.

Tours are handicapped accessible.

“We are asking people to show up 10 minutes early and meet at the west (left) side of the visitor center building, between the two buildings, on the sidewalk,” he said.

Photo Credit: Fort Scott National Historic Site. Re-enactors in the 2017 Candlelight Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

40th Annual Candlelight Tour Tickets On Sale November 1

Credit Photo: Officers’ Row by Candlelight, M. Brenner

Be an Active Part of History this Holiday Season

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Monday, November 1, 2021, tickets for Fort Scott National Historic Site’s 40th Annual Candlelight Tour go on sale. Tickets are available by calling the Fort at 620-223-0310 (with a major credit card) or by stopping by the Visitor Center on Old Fort Blvd. They are $8.00 per person and non-refundable, children 5 and under are free. It is recommended that you get your tickets early for your choice of tour times as this event frequently sells out.

 

The 40th Annual Candlelight Tour is December 3 and 4, 2021. Tours on December 3 will begin at 6:30 pm and leave every 15 minutes until 9 pm. On Saturday, December 4, the tours will start at 5 pm with the final tour leaving at 8:45 pm. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to park, present/pick up your ticket, and get oriented. Participants are advised to please dress for the weather and the terrain, as the entire tour will be outside.

 

1,000 candle lanterns illuminate the site and reenactors (including you) bring the fort to life. “This year’s tour is about finding peace on the frontier.” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. A Solders path to finding peace took many routes. From the Dragoon soldier’s fight as frontier peacekeepers to keeping peace on the Santa Fe and Oregon trails and returning from Mexico and celebrating the peace treaty,  experiencing conflict provided their route to peace.

 

Fort Scott was an active military post from 1842-1853, which was a time of rapid growth and change in the country.  As Fort Scott was being built, the nation grew west, expanding all the way to the Pacific Ocean. With this growth, Fort Scott changed, the mission of its soldiers changed, their experience changed, the environment changed, and the nation changed. Soldiers at Fort Scott lived their lives to the fullest despite the constant change.

 

From November 1-March 31, Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will be open for its winter hours of operation.  The site exhibit areas and visitor center are open daily from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. The park grounds are open daily from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset. For more information about Fort Scott National Historic Site programs or become involved in the candlelight tour, or other activities, please contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.

 

A Fair Day’s Wage: Fort Scott National Historic Site

Labors of Fort Scott

Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6, 2021, Fort Scott National Historic Site will take you on an exploration of the sights, sounds, and smells behind the Labors creating the “Crack Post on the Frontier”.

 

Labor Day weekend activities include artillery demonstrations, historic cooking, breadmaking, construction skill demonstrations, and a variety of interpretive programs. Visit with soldiers, laundress, and an officer and his wife and find out if everyone earned a fair day’s wage. All programs are free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, September 4.

  • Living History stations are available throughout the day
  • 10:00 am – Guided Fort Tour
  • 11:00 am – Artillery Demonstration
  • Noon – Historic Construction Demonstration
  • 1:00 pm – Guided Fort Tour
  • 2:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration
  • 3:00 pm- Artillery Demonstration
  • 4:00 pm – Flag Retreat

 

Sunday, September 5

  • 10:00 am – Guided Fort Tour
  • 11:00 am – Artillery Demonstration
  • 1:00 pm – Guided Fort Tour
  • 2:00  pm – Artillery Demonstration
  • 3:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration
  • 4:00 pm – Flag Retreat

 

Monday September 6

  • 10:00 am – Guided Fort Tour
  • 11:00 am – Artillery Demonstration
  • 1:00 pm – Guided Fort Tour
  • 2:00 pm – Artillery  Demonstration
  • 3:00 pm – Crack Post of the Frontier – Construction Tour of Fort Scott
  • 4:00 pm – Flag Retreat

 

The National Park Service currently requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in all federal buildings and outside when others are present and physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot be maintained.

 

Seeing the Past With New Eyes

NPS Photo: C. Brenner Crew laying out survey grid

Fort Scott National Historic Site will be conducting a geophysical survey of the site on August 2 through 13, 2021, to better understand how the fort looked in the 1840s.

 

A four-person crew from the Midwest Archeological Center will look into the ground using magnetometry, resistance, conductivity, ground-penetrating radar, and magnetic susceptibility. They will be surveying the area known as the Quartermaster’s Quadrangle, the areas behind Officer’s Row, and the courtyard that once existed south of the Post Hospital. If time allows, they will also survey for other features such as latrines, wash houses, and other associated buildings. The crew is also scheduled to return next spring to survey areas that are in the restored prairie after the 2022 spring prescribed burn.

 

“We will be able to see exactly where fort buildings, patios, and walkways were in the 1840s” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. “Many of these structures have been lost over time, but through technology, we can better understand how the fort originally looked,” continued Boyko.

 

From April 1-October 31, Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will be open for its summer hours of operation.  The site exhibit areas and visitor center are open daily from 8 am-5 pm. The park grounds are open daily from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset. To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, please contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.

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Credit Photo as: NPS Photo: C. Brenner

1st photo: Crew laying out survey grid

2nd photo: NPS survey marker flag

 

Lunette Blair Returns to Fort Scott

The Friends of Fort Scott NHS, Inc, are hosting the donation ceremony of the Lunette Blair building and land to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in a public ceremony/photo-op on the site in Skubitz Plaza, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 11 am.

 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran will deliver remarks as a key proponent of the park’s boundary expansion through the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.

U.S. Congressman Jake LaTurner also plans to be present and speak.

Reed Hartford, President of the Friends of Fort Scott, Inc., will share the history and progression of events that brought us to this historic day.

Members of several different groups and organizations who have owned and participated in helping to preserve this historic structure including the Molly Foster Berry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County, Western Blockhouse Committee, and the City of Fort Scott will participate in the event.

 

Construction of the Lunette Blair began in 1863. It is the only building remaining of the three fortifications surrounded Fort Scott during the Civil War. Lunettes are temporary forts, curved into a protective shape and placed near but outside the main fortification. Fort Scott’s three lunettes (Blair, Henning, and Insley) held the blockhouses enclosed by a wood and earthen wall.

 

Celebrate Independence with the Sights and Sounds of 1860’s Military Fireworks 

NPS photo

Celebrate the anniversary of American independence with the sounds of cannon fire while honoring the servicemen and women who have defended the United States for the past 245 years. Fort Scott National Historic Site will accept the donation of the Lunette Blair building and land in a public ceremony/photo-op on the site in Skubitz Plaza, Saturday, July 3, at 11 am.

 

Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, 2021, Fort Scott National Historic Site will have artillery demonstrations, tours, programs, and living history activities throughout the day. On Monday, July 5, 2021, festivities continue with tours, programs, and living history.

 

Saturday, July 3

10:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

11:00 am – Donation of Lunette Blair Property Ceremony

1:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

2:00 pm – The Summer of 1861

3:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration

4:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration

 

Sunday, July 4

10:00 am – Civil War Small Arms Discussion

11:00 am Guided Tour of the Fort

1:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

3:00 pm – The History of Combat Photography (Civil War to Present)

 

Monday, July 5

10:00 am – Civil War Small Arms Discussion

11:00 am Guided Tour of the Fort

1:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

3:00 pm – The History of Combat Photography (Civil War to Present)

 

Visitors and local residents are reminded that fireworks are not permitted on the grounds of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

 

Fort Scott NHS and the Community Honor the Fallen Memorial Day Weekend

Submitted photo from the NPS

Symbols of Sacrifice

Fort Scott National Historic Site will be hosting “Symbols of Sacrifice” this Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 28 through, Monday, May 31. We welcome community members and organizations to join the park in placing the flags for the Field of Honor Friday morning beginning at 9 am. This Field of Honor will be open throughout the weekend. There will be guided fort tours daily at 10 am and 1 pm. A special Memorial Day program of patriotic music will be presented by Pat and Steve Harry, followed by the final flag retreat for the weekend, beginning at 4 pm. Monday, May 31.

 

“The Field of Honor with its approximately 7,000 flags commemorate the ultimate sacrifice members of the United States Armed Forces have made to keep this country free,” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site.

 

If you are not fully vaccinated (less than 2 weeks past your final dose), you are required to wear a mask in all federal buildings and outside when others are present and physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot be maintained. This is an all-weather event, except the musical program on Monday will be canceled because of rain. To find out more and to become involved, please contact the park at 620-223-0310.

The Fort’s Survey: Needs, Motivations and Evaluation of NPS Digital Media

The bike rack at Fort Scott National Historic Site.

The fort at the end of Main Street that has given Fort Scott its’ name, is reaching out to National Park Service visitors who want an online experience.

“Fort Scott National Historic Site is participating in a nationwide survey to characterize the NPS virtual visitor population so we can better meet their virtual needs, describe visitors’ motivations, and evaluate the effectiveness of NPS digital media products,” Carl Brenner, FSNHS Program Manager for Interpretation and Resource Manager, said.

“We are part of a pilot/pre-test program consisting of a handful of National Park sites nationwide,” he said. “This survey will run four weeks, February 16 through March 14, 2021. These National Parks are making weekly posts, on each social media platform they support, to invite virtual visitors to participate in the survey once they have completed their virtual visit.”

 

“The virtual tour of the park is a series of 360-degree images from all of the rooms here at the site,” Brenner said. “The Virtual Visit, as it is called in the survey, is browsing the posts on each of the social media platforms to gain a deeper connection and understanding of the park.”

 

To take the virtual tour:

http://www.nps.gov/fosc/learn/photosmultimedia/360tours.htm

 

Fort Scott NHS participates on the following social media platforms:

www.facebook.com/FortScottNPS

www.instagram.com/fortscottnps

https://twitter.com/FortScottNPS

Fortscott.biz interviewed Brenner by email.

Here are the questions and responses.

What is it designed to do?

“The public expects nearly all desired information to be found quickly and easily through websites and social media channels. They also expect that organizations frequently update these assets. The National Park Service (NPS) directly manages thousands of digital media web pages, mobile app pages, and social media channels. They also supply content, directly or indirectly, for third-party providers that share digital media information with the public. Within this large digital ecosystem, millions of online users from around the world rely on these resources for a wide range of information. While NPS has an established program for measuring and monitoring physical visitation to its park units, the program for describing and evaluating virtual visitors to its online resources is still being developed.

This study is part of that development. It aims to characterize the NPS virtual visitor population so we can better meet their virtual needs, describe visitors’ motivations, and evaluate the effectiveness of NPS digital media products.”

 

What will be done with the results?

“Through this program, the NPS, and specifically Fort Scott NHS, can better understand and meet the needs of our virtual visitors. We will be able to better evaluate the effectiveness of our digital media products in terms of the virtual visitor experience. With this information we can better prepare visitors for future visits,  increase resource protection, build a deeper understanding of the history and stories of our nation’s heritage, and build better connections to and stewards of National Park Service resources. Additionally, NPS will determine if the current allocation of resources for digital media is generating congruent virtual visitor value, and the NPS will be positioned to more strategically deploy resources where digital information needs are not being sufficiently met and/or where the highest value is being provided.”

 

When will the survey results be collected and analyzed?

“The evaluation of the virtual visitors’ experiences and digital media effectiveness will begin immediately following the close of the survey and we are hoping to receive results by the end of the summer.”

 

 

The fort’s contact info:

Office – 620-223-0310

www.facebook.com/FortScottNPS

www.instagram.com/FortScottNPS

http://twitter.com/FortScottNPS

Water Line Breakage Closes Dragoons Barracks at FSNHS

 

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Fort Scott National Historic was impacted by the sub-zero temperatures last week when a fire suppression line valve and pipe failed and ruptured on Saturday, February 20, 2021 around 6:30pm in the Dragoons Barracks. The rupture caused flooding in the attic space, the exhibit area on the second floor, and the Laundress, Married Non-Commissioned Officer’s quarters, and the mechanical room on the first floor.

 

“The park is currently assessing the damages and undergoing a thorough inspection of the building, its fire suppression system, and electrical systems,” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. “We are also working closely with the regional Museum Curator and Harpers Ferry Center’s Museum Curation staff on how to best conserve and store affected museum objects and artifacts.” The Dragoons Barracks monitoring system has been restored but the building will remain closed through the assessment and rehabilitation process.

 

From November 1-March 31, Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will be open for its winter hours of operation. The site exhibit areas and historic buildings are open daily from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. The park grounds are open daily from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset. To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, please contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.

 

DEADLINE FOR 2021 FLAG SUBSCRIPTIONS NEARS

 

The deadline to sign up for the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site’s Fly the Flag project is quickly approaching. Applications for new subscriptions must be postmarked by March 1st. Subscribers renewing for 2021 must submit a renewal application and payment by March 31st.

The project provides homeowners and businesses, within the city limits of Fort Scott, the opportunity to fly the Stars and Stripes, hassle free, on five different flag holidays. For $35 annually, the Friends will install a 3’x5′ flag on a 12 foot staff at your home or business on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day.

Application forms can be obtained at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce or can be requested by phone or text by calling Kelley Collins at 417-684-2484. Renewals notices have been mailed/emailed to all 2020 subscribers. Questions can be directed to Kelley or Martha Scott at 620-224-9924.

All proceeds support programs at Fort Scott National Historic Site. These include: Symbols of Sacrifice, a Citizenship Ceremony, Candlelight Tour, Youth Engagement, and many others.

Show your patriotism and help our local National Park by lining the streets of Fort Scott with our nation’s symbol!

The Fly the Flag project is a yearly project sponsored by the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site. Once signed up, you will receive the option to renew annually.

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