The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 30, 2013

Life at historic frontier post to be recreated this weekend

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — The past will come to life this weekend at Fort Scott National Historic Site with living history interpreters playing the roles of those who labored at the military post. The focus of the programs will be the health, wellness and safety of soldiers at the fort during the mid-19th Century.

The laundress will discuss her role in keeping clothes clean, a cooking demonstration will highlight the role of nutrition (or lack thereof) in a soldier’s daily diet, and a surgeon will display medicines and surgical tools that were used to treat sick and wounded soldiers.

Black powder demonstrations will emphasize safety, and a guided tour will discuss various aspects of frontier health care.

“A Glorious Country for Sportsmen” will focus on how the military of the period hunted and used the natural resources of the area in other ways to make life bearable.

“Bug Juice Use and Abuse” will address the challenges that soldiers faced with alcoholism.

A special Labor Day tour, “From the Crack Post of the Frontier,” will focus on the labor force, building materials, architectural styles and construction techniques used in building the fort.

Throughout the weekend, people will be dressed in period costume portraying various men and women who lived and worked at the military post. On Saturday, visitors can smell the fresh aroma of bread baking, scrub clothes on a 19th Century washboard, and discover the remedies used by the post surgeon. On Monday, they can haggle with the sutler over his prices, and on Sunday and Monday, they can talk with a re-enactor portraying a soldier in the First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment.

Schedule of activities

Saturday, Aug. 31

10 a.m. — A Most Magnificent Prairie: Prairie Walk.

11 a.m. — Thunder Wagon: Artillery Demonstration.

11:30 a.m. — Food for Thought.

1 p.m. — Guided Tour, “Frontier Care, Health and Well Being at Fort Scott.”

2 p.m. — Thunder Wagon: Artillery Demonstration.

3 p.m. — Saws and Scalpels (1840s Medicine).

4 p.m. — Flag Retreat.

Sunday, Sept. 1

11 a.m. — Thunder Wagon: Artillery Demonstration.

1 p.m. — Guided Tour.

2 p.m. — Thunder Wagon: Artillery Demonstration.

3 p.m. — “A Glorious Country for Sportsmen,” an interpretive talk.

4 p.m. — Flag Retreat.

Monday, Sept. 2

10 a.m. — Soaps Suds Row, laundress talk.

11 a.m. — Thunder Wagon: Artillery Demonstration.

1 p.m. — “The Crack Post of the Frontier,” a guided tour.

2 p.m. — Thunder Wagon: Artillery Demonstration.

3 p.m. — “Bug Juice Use and Abuse: Alcoholism in the Frontier Army,” an interpretive talk.

4 p.m. — Flag Retreat.

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to the site is free. Details: 620-223-0310 or visit


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