Good Ol' Days at Fort Scott National Historic Site features outdoor programs

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Old Fort Boulevard
Post Office Box 918
Fort Scott KS 66701-0918
(620 0 223-0310 phone

Release Date: May 26, 2015
Contact: Galen Ewing, galen_ewing@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310

Fort Scott National Historic Site Joins the “Let’s Move Outside” Campaign 
Featuring Outdoor Recreation Programs for Good Ol’ Days

FORT SCOTT, Kansas: On June 6, 2015, Fort Scott National Historic Site will offer programs, demonstrations and activities focusing on outdoor recreation in the 1800s that complement the “Let’s Move Outside” nationwide initiative. Visit the site and learn the importance of the American Bison to many Native Americans as a source of food, clothing, shelter and other necessities of life from a Prairie State Park Ranger who helps manage the herd. View a collection of historic hunting rifles. Learn about the history of trapping in this region while viewing historic tools of the trade. Enjoy the variety of clothing styles, some possibly worn by your ancestors, while watching an 1800s Victorian era Fashion Show.

For those looking for physical activity, enjoy learning an ancient skill during Youth Archery instruction sessions for those ages 6 and above. Join tribal members from the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to try your hand in traditional Indian games and skills, including marbles, stickball, and blow darts. Give it a go and shake a leg with traditional outdoor Victorian dancing. 

“Let’s Move Outside,” administered by the Department of Interior, encourages kids and their families to engage in outdoor activities that get hearts pumping and bodies moving. Part of First Lady Michelle Obama's nationwide Let's Move campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation, the program is now underway across the national park system, including at Fort Scott National Historic Site.

The schedule of activities is as follows:

10:30 AM – Youth Archery Instruction Session
11:30 AM – Traditional Cherokee Indian Games
12:30 PM – “Putting on the Dog” - 1800s Victorian Era Fashion Show
1:30 PM – “Belle of the Ball” - Traditional Victorian Dancing Program
2:30 PM – Traditional Cherokee Indian Games
3:30 PM – Youth Archery Instruction Session


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov. 

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