Friends Of The Fort Host Churchill March 31

The board of the Friends of the Fort Scott National Historic Site face the camera following the weekly Chamber Coffee Thursday. Front from left is Vonnie Rickerson, Marlene Braker, back from left is Martha Scott, Reed Hartford, and Kelley Collins. Not pictured is Joyce Gobl, Matt Wells, Katie Wells and Shaylynn Clements.

Members of Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site hosted the weekly Chamber Coffee Thursday to highlight their organization.

FFSNHS President Reed Hartford told the coffee attendees that they are a non-profit, separate from the historic site.

The organization can raise funds and spend money on advertising, two actions that the historic site cannot do, Hartford said.

In 2009 the group began to support activities of the site.

Some of their accomplishments are: promoting FSNHS as one of the wonders of Kansas, providing a community Fourth of July ice cream social, providing lunch for new citizens following the naturalization ceremony,  and providing refreshments at the end of candlelight tours.

Since 2010 the FFSNHS group has sponsored a Friends Fest as a fundraiser.

This year it is this Saturday, March 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Liberty Theater, 113 S. Main.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall.

The group is bringing reenactor Randy Otto as Sir Winston Churchill.

Randy Otto as Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill was a primary character in many major events of British history in the 20th century.

For more information, contact Martha Scott, 620-224-9924.

The sponsors of the event are City State Bank, Union State Bank, Landmark Bank and Jim and Connie Banwart.

The following is a gallery of coffee attendees interacting prior to the announcement segment of the event.

At each coffee, members give a donation to the Chamber of $1 and tell about an event coming up in the community. The group that hosts the coffee gets extra time to tell about their business or organization.



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