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Fort Scott National Historic Site [KS]

Fort Scott National Historic Site presents resources related to the opening of the West, the Permanent Indian Frontier, the Mexican American War, Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War, and the expansion of railroads. The site consists of 20 historic structures (11 open to the public), three separate exhibit areas, 31 rooms furnished as they might have been in the 1840s, a parade ground, and five acres of restored tallgrass prairie. The fort was established in 1842 to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier and housed soldiers until 1853, after which point it became the nucleus of a growing town. The site focuses on the years between 1842 and 1873.

The site offers a 12-minute audiovisual orientation; exhibits; guided and self-guided tours for school groups; exhibits; in-classroom speakers; and on-site educational programs for school groups, including self-guided scavenger and history hunts (available online), interpreters in period dress, interactive activities, pre- and post-visit materials (available online), student roleplaying, and plays.