9/12/2012

Health and safety at Fort Scott in the mid 19th century is focus of tour

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: September 11, 2012
Contact: Barak V. Geertsen, barak_geertsen@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310

Evening Tour at Fort Scott NHS focuses on Frontiercare:
Health and Safety at Fort Scott in the Mid 19th Century


Fort Scott, KS - In today’s society, much debate has taken place about the cost of healthcare, but from the 1840s through the Civil War, the problem was with the quality of healthcare. Several factors affected the health and well-being of soldiers and citizens of Fort Scott during the mid- nineteenth century. On September 15, in an evening tour at Fort Scott National Historic Site, you will learn about some of the challenges that affected health of the soldiers at Fort Scott in the 1840s, like nutrition, alcoholism and even the weather. You will discover the impact of psychological warfare on the citizens of Fort Scott during the “Bleeding Kansas” era. Finally you will encounter the hazards of camp life and hospital treatment during the Civil War.

The evening tour, which will begin at 6:00 p.m., will consist of six different scenes that will focus on a different aspect of frontier healthcare. In each scene, volunteers and staff in period costume will portray various individuals who met the challenges of the time in different ways. These individuals include Frederick Roderwald, who had his leg broken while leaping over a garden fence, Philip Thompson, an officer who battled an alcohol addiction, Mrs. Hill, who suffered psychological trauma when she hid from marauders, and Captain Matthews, who battled prejudice and disability.

The tour will begin at Fort Scott’s visitor center and will last about an hour. There is no charge for the tour. For more information about Fort Scott National Historic Site, call 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.

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