Category Archives: Fort Scott National Historic Site

How to Properly Dispose of Worn-Out U.S. Flags

 

Bring them to Fort Scott NHS and Find Out!

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 9:30 am, Fort Scott National Historic Site, American Legion Post 25, and Fort Scott Fire Department will be hosting an official US Flag Disposal Ceremony. Bring your: United States, POW/MIA, State, and Service (U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard) flags to the fort between now and 9:30 am Saturday and we will properly and respectfully dispose of them. Just as there’s etiquette for displaying Old Glory, there’s also etiquette for disposing of flags in a dignified manner.

 

“4 U.S. Code § 8k (Respect for flag) states that ‘The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.’” said Carl Brenner, Acting Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. “As with celebrating this country’s newest citizens at our Naturalization Ceremony and honoring those we have lost through the ‘Field of Honor’ during Symbols of Sacrifice, we are proud to be a part in honoring this country’s flag by hosting this ceremony.”

 

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 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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

Independence Day Celebrations at the Fort

Join Fort Scott NHS for the Sights and Sounds of American Independence this Holiday Weekend

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Celebrate American independence with the sounds of a military band, cannon fire, and immersion in America’s history while honoring the service men and women who have defended the United States through the growth of our nation.

 

Fort Scott National Historic Site will host the 35th Division Infantry Band on Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 6:30 pm. The performance will be on the bricks in front of the Post Hospital/Visitor Center. Bring your lawn chair to ensure seating. Saturday through Monday, July 2 through 4, Fort Scott NHS will have artillery demonstrations, tours, programs, and living history activities throughout the day.

 

Wednesday, June 29

6:30 pm – 35th Division Infantry Band performing a kaleidoscope of pops, classical, and patriotic music.

 

Saturday, July 2

10:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

11:00 am – Artillery Demonstration

Noon – Historic Yard Games

1:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

2:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration

3:00 pm – Flash Flood: Fort Scott and Westward Expansion Discussion

 

Sunday, July 3

10:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

11:00 am – Artillery Demonstration

Noon – Tales from the Trail: Santa Fe Trader Presentation

1:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

2:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration

3:00 pm – Independence Day II:  Fireworks at High Tide Discussion

 

 

Monday, July 4

10:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

11:00 am – Artillery Demonstration

1:00 pm – Guided Tour of the Fort

2:00 pm – Artillery Demonstration

3:00 pm – Amputations and Ambulances: Civil War Medicine Discussion

 

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

 

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Credit Photo as: NPS Photo, W. Aker

Help Build the Field of Honor at Fort Scott National Historic Site

 

Symbols of Sacrifice, Memorial Day Weekend

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Fort Scott National Historic Site invites you to join the park in placing the flags for the “Symbols of Sacrifice” Field of Honor Friday morning, May 27, beginning at 9 am. To ensure everyone can help, we will be scheduling shifts that begin each hour from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., but you may help as long as you wish. To find out more and to become involved, please contact the park at 620-223-0310, email us at [email protected], or just come out and help. We welcome community members and organizations to participate.

 

Symbols of Sacrifice continues the entire Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 27 through, Monday, May 30, and the Field of Honor will be open throughout the weekend. There will be guided fort tours daily at 10 am and 1 pm. This is an all-weather event.

 

“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 Carl Brenner, Acting Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Brenner: Other Stories Need To Be Told

Carl Brenner stands in front of the entrance to the fort in this August 2018 photo.

In 2019, a group of representatives from Fort Scott National Historic Site, Gordon Parks Museum, Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Fort Scott Community College, Bourbon County Historic Preservation Assn. and other partners, began work on a grant proposal.

The project title is Student Researched Unsung African American Heroes of Bourbon County.

The proposal idea came from Carl Brenner,  who has been the Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management at FSNHS since 2018.

The idea for a grant proposal came “from the dark recesses of my mind,” Brenner said.

“The fort has told the stories of white (mostly male) people coming….but Native American, women and African American stories need to be brought into the story.” he said.

“This project is funded through the National Park Service to work with community youth to uncover those stories that are little known or untold or under told,” he said.  “It is a partnership with the Park, the Gordon Park Museum, Fort Scott High School, and Fort Scott Community College.”

“Our historian, Dominic Henry, and other local volunteers, will assist students to research local African American leaders and those who fought for or ushered in change in our community and beyond,” Brenner said. “Once they have completed their research, they will create videos and social media posts to share their newly found stories in their own ‘voice’ to better connect with other youth.”

Those videos and social media posts will be shared on the park’s web and social media platforms and also shared by the Gordon Parks Museum, Fort Scott High School, and Fort Scott Community College.

“As the project is wrapping up, we will work with all of the partners to develop exhibits to share these stories and the student’s work with our visitors,” Brenner said.

“Through small stories like these, the hope is to have conversations about equality and equity and discuss the history and what we have learned from it,” Brenner said.

A kick-off for the project was planned for April 25, but due to unforeseen circumstances will need to be rescheduled, Brenner said.

Brenner is Acting Superintendent Since March

Brenner recently has been designated as the FSNHS Acting Superintendent, since former Superintendent Betty Boyko left in March 2022. He is also Acting Superintendent of Fort Larned National Historic Site and also providing guidance and training to Nicodemus National Historic Site.

The park phone number is 620-223-0310, its website https://www.nps.gov/fosc/index.htm

 

Fort Scott National Historic Site Schedule of  Annual Events

 

Civil War Encampment – April 23

Experience artillery, cavalry and infantry troops preparing for battle. Hear, see, and smell history come to life in a weekend of living history demonstrations and stories.

 

Symbols of Sacrifice – Memorial Day Weekend:

Approximately 7,000 flags commemorate the ultimate sacrifice members of the United States Armed Forces have made to keep this country free.

 

Good Ol’ Days – First Friday-Saturday of June:

Relive yesteryear in a town-wide celebration of Fort Scott’s history. Each year a different historical theme will be highlighted.

 

Independence Day Celebration – July 4th Weekend:

This holiday weekend feature talks, tours, demonstrations, and living history programs about Fort Scott’s role in pivotal events of American History in the place where they happened!

 

Labors of the Fort – Labor Day Weekend:

Learn about the jobs and tasks vital to the survival of the fort. Rangers and volunteers demonstrate skills and trades of the 1840’s.

 

Naturalization Ceremony – September 23:

Reflect on the privileges of US citizenship as you witness new citizens take the oath of allegiance to their newly ad- opted country.

 

Veterans Day Programs – Veteran’s Day Weekend:

Flags honoring our nation’s veterans will be on display and we will host discussions around service and the meaning of service.

 

Candlelight Tour –  December 2-3:

1,000 candle lanterns illuminate the site as reenactors (including you) bring the fort to life. Ticket sales begin November 1st.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Friends of the Fort Honor Volunteers

Pictured are those who attended the picnic and received a certificate and flag pin:
Front row: Lincoln Lyman, Shay Lynn Clements, Frankie Ruggero, Zander Wells, Kelley Collins, Chairman; Back Row: Maggie Brenner, Carl Brenner, Nova Clarke, Lucretia Olsen, Reed Hartford, Pat Hartford, Marlene Braker, Tom Braker, Martha Scott. Submitted photo.

The Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site honored the volunteers who helped plant the flags for their “Fly the Flag” Program during the years 2018,  2019, 2020, and 2021 with a Picnic In the Park Tuesday night.

 

Those attending received a certificate and a flag pin during the short program held after the dinner.

 

The Friends of Fort Scott annually take subscriptions to fly a full size flag during the five “flag holidays” – Memorial Day,  Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day.    Volunteers set these flags in front of residential and businesses in the city limits of Fort Scott for these five holidays.

 

Pictured are those who attended the picnic and received a certificate and flag pin:

Discovering Fort Scott’s Little Known Stories

Discovering Fort Scott’s Little Known Stories

Exploring the African American Experience

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Students from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Community College will be researching the little known and under told stories of progressive African Americans and leaders from the Fort Scott area.

Students will create audio recordings or videos to share these stories in their ‘voices’ through social media and short films hosted by the National Park Service, Gordon Parks Museum, and their schools.

Exhibits will be developed from their work.

The public is invited to the kickoff for this project on Monday, April 25, at the Ellis Fine Arts Center theater on the Fort Scott Community College campus at 10 a.m.

There will be a presentation by Robin Hickman Winfield, the great niece of Gordon Parks, and Eli Reed, an award-winning photographer, photojournalist, author, and the 2021 Choice of Weapons Award Recipient.

This project will continue through the end of the fall semester with the final media products and presentations.

Experience the Excitement of Life at Fort Scott During the Civil War

 

Without Needing to Enlist!

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Fort Scott National Historic Site is hosting its 39th Annual Civil War Encampment, April 23 and 24, 2022.  Join us for cooking on the open fire, experience artillery and infantry troops preparing for battle, smell bread baking, participate in discussions about troop and refugee support, step back in times while playing period games, and try writing with quills and ink! This event is a well-loved tradition that is back and better than ever!

 

Acting superintendent Carl Brenner welcomes the community to the Fort to experience life as it really was. “We are grateful to have the generous support and participation from the Holms Brigade, Wichita Boy Scout Troop 704, Friends of Fort Scott, Inc., and plenty of new and old Fort Scott National Historic Site volunteers alike,” said Acting Superintendent Carl Brenner. “We encourage everyone to step back in time and smell, hear, see, and experience life at the fort.”

 

Park volunteers and staff will be leading a variety of programs. Both days will consist of several artillery and infantry demonstrations and tours of the fort. Saturday: join the discussion around the importance of the Lunette Blair Block House (adjacent to the park on Skubitz Plaza),  find out about the lives of women during the Civil War period with the Ladies Union Aid, a cooking demonstration outside our mess hall and baking bread in the bakery. Sunday: begin the day aa authentic 1840s church service, play authentic lawn games, and participate in a discussion about being a Civil War refugee. The day is full of fun and games for the whole family straight from the 1800’s!

 

Encampment Schedule:

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Interpreters will be at the firing range with historic weapons, and in the bakehouse doing demonstrations throughout the day

  • 9 a.m.               Raising the Colors with the Boy Scout troop 704 of Wichita, KS
  • 10 a.m.             Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 10-11 a.m.        Calvary Discussion
  • 10-11 a.m.        Guided Tour of the Fort
  • 11-12 p.m.        19th Century Writing
  • 11 a.m.             Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 11:30-1:30 p.m.    Cooking Demonstration
  • Noon                Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 12:30 p.m.        Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1 p.m.               Guided Tour of the Fort
  • 1:30-2 p.m.       Lunette Blair Block House Program
  • 2 p.m.               Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Ladies Union Aid Demonstrations and Dialogue
  • 3 p.m.               Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 4 p.m.               Flag Retreat with Troop 704

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 24

Interpreters will be at the firing range with historic weapons throughout the day

  • 9 a.m.               Raising the Colors
  • 10 a.m.             Historic Church Service
  • 11 a.m.             Infantry Dress Parade, Drill, and Weapons Demonstration
  • 11-2 p.m.          Historic Lawn games
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m.      Cavalry Discussion
  • Noon                Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1 p.m.               Guided Tour of the Fort
  • 2-2:30 p.m.       Life as a Refugee Dialogue
  • 2:30 p.m.          Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 3 p.m.               Lunette Blair Block House Program
  • 3:30 p.m.          Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration

 

You are always welcome to wear a mask, and please remember to keep safe distances, wash your hands, and have fun!

 

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 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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 Photos

 

Creating a Healthier Park with Fire

Submitted photo.

 

Creating a Healthier Park with Fire

 

Prescribed Fire Planned in April

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Park managers at Fort Scott National Historic Site, in coordination with Fire Managers with the US Fish and Wildlife Service from Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, plan to burn the five-acre restored prairie this April 2022.  The specific date and ignition will depend upon weather conditions and the burn may be postponed or canceled if conditions are unfavorable.

 

“We were very excited to be able to implement this prescribed fire (Rx) project with the assistance of our interagency neighbors. Our ability to treat the tallgrass prairie with fire enhances the resilience of the ecosystem, results in a more diverse prairie, and provides a better habitat for migratory birds and pollinators.” said Carl Brenner, Acting Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. Like all prescribed fires, the plans for the tallgrass prairie Rx contain a set of parameters which define (among other things) the expected weather and fuel conditions under which the fire can be initiated. Prior to implementing the burn, fire managers will evaluate current conditions and will only ignite the fire if all of the prescribed conditions are within those parameters.

 

During typical Rx fire activity, daytime smoke disperses to the northwest, up and over the highway.  Coordination with the City of Fort Scott, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas State Highway Patrol, and Kansas Department of Transportation is already underway for this prescribed fire.  Smoke impacts or traffic delays on Highway 69 are not expected during the burn.

 

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Farewell to Boyko Feb. 23

Betty Boyko. Submitted photo.

 

The Friends of the Fort Scott National Historic  Site are inviting the public to join them in saying goodbye to long-time Superintendent Betty Boyko.

The Friends will host a reception on Wednesday, February 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crooner’s Restaurant, 117 S. Main, to honor  Boyko.

Boyko is leaving her Fort Scott post to accept the Superintendent position at Homestead National Historic Park in Beatrice, Nebraska, which is closer to her family.

 “Betty has been an active part of our community since she became Superintendent in May 2006,  and she will be missed,” Martha Scott, member of the Friends group said.

“Come by, say goodbye to Betty and grab a Crooner’s Cakery cupcake and a glass of punch as we say farewell to this longtime Fort Scott National Historic Site Superintendent,” Scott said.

“Betty has great administrative and people skills,” Scott said. “She also has been active in Rotary Club and her church.”

“Betty has always been open to ideas that were still part of the mission of the historic site, but thinks outside the box,” she said.

Such ideas as the Symbols of Sacrifice, which are flags placed on the parade ground to honor veterans, and the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony that happens annually now.

Symbols of Sacrifice event, Sept. 2015

Recently, it was Betty who suggested that the Fort needed a boundary expansion so that the Block House could be included as part of The Fort Scott National Historic Site.

“Since it is government, we have to be careful because there are things that the fort and its employees cannot do — like the boundary expansion. She can’t actively work on it. It’s a fine line — government!” Scott said.

Boyko made the events happen with help from residents of the community.

To begin with, she gave information to local citizens on how a Friends group is beneficial to a historic site.

“She was instrumental in suggesting that we start a Friends of the Fort group,” Scott said. “She said it would be beneficial to the park.”

About the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site

The Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site’s mission is to support the National Historic Site in a partnership through activities that may include fundraising, volunteerism, education, advocacy, and research.
The Friends have provided the lunch for the newly naturalized citizens after the Naturalization Ceremony held at the fort, provided the treats at the end of the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour, and made homemade ice cream for visitors for the 4th of July as well as many Friends members spending countless hours as a volunteer at the Fort.
Advertising for the Fort on a local, regional, state, or national level is done by the Friends group and they were instrumental in lobbying for the boundary expansion which resulted in the Block House becoming part of the Fort.
A group of citizens in 2009 came together to discuss forming a Friends group. They were Cheryl Adamson, Darlene Doherty, Sandra Haimerl, Herbert Haimerl, Reed Hartford, Ken Lunt, Dale Johnson, Caroly Lydic, Cynthia McFarlin, James Pitt, Jim Scott, Martha Scott, James Smith, and Paulette Smith.
From this grassroots meeting, the Friends group was born. That initial group served as officers and board members during the early years.
Current board members and officers are Reed Hartford, President; Matt Wells, Vice President; Martha Scott, Secretary; Marlene Braker, Treasurer.   Vonnie Rickerson, Kelley Collins, Frankie Ruggerio, Shay Lynn Clements, Carol MacArthur, Judy Earp, Ronda Hassig, and Kaitlyn Wilson serve as the current board.
Funds for the activities that the Friends do are provided in two ways:  the Flag subscriptions and membership dues.
The Flag subscriptions are a service that the Friends provide to residents within the city limits of Fort Scott,  where they place a full-size flag on a 12-foot pole in a residents front yard five times a year — on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
Subscriptions are $35.00 per year and are due by the 20th of March.   If interested in this subscription, please contact Kelley Collins at 417-684-2484 for more information.
“If you are interested in helping place those flags on the flag holidays, please call Kelley Collins to let her know that you’d like to help,” Scott said.  “We are a small group of dedicated volunteers, we flag placers, and it is a worthwhile way to begin a holiday day.”
Membership in Friends is easy, Scott said.
The four membership levels are:  $35 is Corporal, $50 Sergeant, $75.00 Quartermaster, $100 Sergeant Major.
If interested, mail a check to Membership Chairman, Martha Scott, 1208 S. National, Fort Scott, Kansas.

Friends Farewell Reception for Boyko on Feb. 23

Betty Boyko. Submitted photo.

The Friends of the Fort Scott National Historic  Site are inviting the public to join them in saying goodbye to long-time Superintendent Betty Boyko.

The Friends will host a reception on Wednesday, February 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crooner’s Restaurant, 117 S. Main, to honor  Boyko.

Boyko is leaving her Fort Scott post to accept the Superintendent position at Homestead National Historic Park in Beatrice, Nebraska, which is closer to her family.

 “Betty has been an active part of our community since she became Superintendent in May 2006,  and she will be missed,” Martha Scott, member of the Friends group said.

“Come by, say goodbye to Betty and grab a Crooner’s Cakery cupcake and a glass of punch as we say farewell to this longtime Fort Scott National Historic Site Superintendent,” Scott said.

“Betty has great administrative and people skills,” Scott said. “She also has been active in Rotary Club and her church.”

“Betty has always been open to ideas that were still part of the mission of the historic site, but thinks outside the box,” she said.

Such ideas as the Symbols of Sacrifice, which are flags placed on the parade ground to honor veterans, and the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony that happens annually now.

Symbols of Sacrifice event, Sept. 2015

Recently, it was Betty who suggested that the Fort needed a boundary expansion so that the Block House could be included as part of The Fort Scott National Historic Site.

“Since it is government, we have to be careful because there are things that the fort and its employees cannot do — like the boundary expansion. She can’t actively work on it. It’s a fine line — government!” Scott said.

Boyko made the events happen with help from residents of the community.

To begin with, she gave information to local citizens on how a Friends group is beneficial to a historic site.

“She was instrumental in suggesting that we start a Friends of the Fort group,” Scott said. “She said it would be beneficial to the park.”

About the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site

The Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site’s mission is to support the National Historic Site in a partnership through activities that may include fundraising, volunteerism, education, advocacy, and research.
The Friends have provided the lunch for the newly naturalized citizens after the Naturalization Ceremony held at the fort, provided the treats at the end of the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour, and made homemade ice cream for visitors for the 4th of July as well as many Friends members spending countless hours as a volunteer at the Fort.
Advertising for the Fort on a local, regional, state, or national level is done by the Friends group and they were instrumental in lobbying for the boundary expansion which resulted in the Block House becoming part of the Fort.
A group of citizens in 2009 came together to discuss forming a Friends group. They were Cheryl Adamson, Darlene Doherty, Sandra Haimerl, Herbert Haimerl, Reed Hartford, Ken Lunt, Dale Johnson, Caroly Lydic, Cynthia McFarlin, James Pitt, Jim Scott, Martha Scott, James Smith, and Paulette Smith.
From this grassroots meeting, the Friends group was born. That initial group served as officers and board members during the early years.
Current board members and officers are Reed Hartford, President; Matt Wells, Vice President; Martha Scott, Secretary; Marlene Braker, Treasurer.   Vonnie Rickerson, Kelley Collins, Frankie Ruggerio, Shay Lynn Clements, Carol MacArthur, Judy Earp, Ronda Hassig, and Kaitlyn Wilson serve as the current board.
Funds for the activities that the Friends do are provided in two ways:  the Flag subscriptions and membership dues.
The Flag subscriptions are a service that the Friends provide to residents within the city limits of Fort Scott,  where they place a full-size flag on a 12-foot pole in a residents front yard five times a year — on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
Subscriptions are $35.00 per year and are due by the 20th of March.   If interested in this subscription, please contact Kelley Collins at 417-684-2484 for more information.
“If you are interested in helping place those flags on the flag holidays, please call Kelley Collins to let her know that you’d like to help,” Scott said.  “We are a small group of dedicated volunteers, we flag placers, and it is a worthwhile way to begin a holiday day.”
Membership in Friends is easy, Scott said.
The four membership levels are:  $35 is Corporal, $50 Sergeant, $75.00 Quartermaster, $100 Sergeant Major.
If interested, mail a check to Membership Chairman, Martha Scott, 1208 S. National, Fort Scott, Kansas.

CONSERVATION THROUGH THE ARTS 

Junior Duck Stamp Contest

 

Fort Scott Kan. – Saturday, February 19, 2022, Fort Scott National Historic Site and Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge are presenting the 29th annual national Junior Duck Stamp art contest. Art programs will run from 10am-noon and 2pm-3:30pm and all students in kindergarten through grade twelve are encouraged to participate in the art and conservation message contest. Participants need to check in at the park’s Visitor Center at 10am and 2pm for directions.

 

During the program participants will learn more about types of waterfowl and also what the judges look for in the artwork. Participants will create original artwork using watercolors, crayon, or pencil. Because students express themselves best in different formats, the conservation message contest gives them an opportunity to use the written word to express their knowledge. Submissions of your Junior Duck Stamp entry may be made on this day at the park or to the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita for Kansas entries. Entry forms will be available and all entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2022.

 

Margaret McMullen, an 18-year-old from Kansas, took top honors in the Service’s National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with her acrylic rendition of a pair of Hooded Mergansers. The winning conservation message was by Josie Arp, 15, of Arkansas with her message: “When the world turned upside-down nature calmly and quietly laid a blanket of comfort over us all.”

 

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program began in 1989 as an extension of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Duck Stamp. The first national Junior Duck Stamp art contest was held in 1993. The stamp encourages students to explore their natural world, participate in outdoor recreation activities, and learn wildlife management principles. National Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives $1,000. The second-place winner receives $500; the third-place winner receives $200; the Conservation Message winner receives $200. Other prizes are awarded at the state level for each age category.

 

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.

 

 

 

Credit Photo as Margaret McMullen Artwork

 

FSNHS Superintendent Leaves for Nebraska

Betty Boyko. Submitted photo.

Betty Boyko, currently the superintendent at both Fort Scott National Historic Site and Fort Larned National Historic Site will assume a new position in mid-March, according to a press release.

National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Bert Frost announced the selection of Boyko as superintendent of Homestead National Historical Park located in Beatrice, Nebraska late last week.

She has been the superintendent of Fort Scott National Historic Site since 2006, Boyko said in an interview with fortscott.biz.

Fort Scott National Historic Site is located at the north end of the town’s historic district.
Her duties at FSNHS were to provide leadership for all aspects of park operations to include preservation, interpretation, maintenance, administration, policies, public use management, public affairs, and park development, she said.
” I also became the superintendent of Fort Larned NHS in a dual superintendency in August 2013,” she said. “The position at Fort  Larned became vacant so they needed someone to help out on a temporary basis for 30 days.  Challenges in filling that position resulted in the extension of my temporary appointment and eventually led to it becoming a permanent position along with my current duties at Fort Scott NHS.
The best aspect about Boyko’s job in Fort Scott?
“​It is definitely the park, park staff, and people of Fort Scott,” she said.  “When I arrived here, everyone was so welcoming and supportive.  That is still the environment today which makes the job so rewarding.  It has been a pleasure to work with the community, many partners and volunteers and I know that the new superintendent – whoever that is – will appreciate the same support and working relationship.”
A new superintendent has not been selected for FSNHS yet, she said, but ​the regional NPS office is working on a plan to fill it.
The biggest challenge for Boyko in her job has been the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has challenged how we mitigate operations to remain open and still provide a quality experience for the community and visitors,” she said.

Boyko starts on  March 13th at Homestead National Historical Park, Nebraska.
Duties there will be similar to the current position: the management and leadership duties, but focused on the purpose for which that park was established.

A 37-year veteran of the NPS, Boyko has a wide range of administrative and leadership experiences in parks throughout the Midwest Region including eight years at Homestead National Historical Park where she served as the administrative officer and several years as deputy superintendent. She began her NPS career at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and has held leadership positions at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, according to the press release.

Boyko is a graduate of Dakota Business College in Fargo, North Dakota, and of the GAP International Executive Leaders Program. She represented the NPS region in the Emerging Leaders Program Executive Challenge Course. She will relocate to the Beatrice area this spring and looks forward to being near her son and his family, according to the press release.