New interactive exhibits opening at Fort Scott National Historic Site

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: November 30, 2015
Contact: Holly Baker, holly_baker@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Old Fort Boulevard
Post Office Box 918
Fort Scott KS 66701-0918

Fort Scott National Historic Site announces grand opening of new interactive exhibits

FORT SCOTT, Kansas: Fort Scott National Historic Site is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of a series of new state-of-the art exhibits. The interactive exhibits explore the calamitous events of the Bleeding Kansas era in the Fort Scott area and continue through the compelling stories of Fort Scott during the Civil War and its aftermath.

The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting will be held in conjunction with the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Thursday, December 10, at 8 a.m. Fort Scott NHS extends an invitation to the public to attend the event, especially the citizens of Fort Scott, Bourbon County, and the four state area. The Grand Opening event, and the exhibits, will be in the Fort’s Infantry Barracks, immediately next door to the historic 1840s visitor center.

The innovative exhibits use six characters, depicted by actors in high-definition video, to tell the story of the Fight Over Freedom in southeast Kansas. The characters, which include an Irish immigrant, an Osage Indian, an enslaved person, a Free-State farmer, a slaveholder, and an abolitionist, each tell the same story from a different personal perspective. Visitors to the Fort can follow the events of Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War through the experiences of one character, or all six. The exhibits also feature interactive touchscreens that allow visitors to read historic newspaper articles, from both Northern and Southern perspectives, about the dramatic events unfolding in the Fort Scott area.

The new exhibits are the culmination of a tremendous multi-year effort by park staff and partners. Funding was provided by National Park Service Recreation Fee Program.

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