Fort Osage hosts historic Sibley cemetery tour

Fort Osage Education Center News Release

CONTACT: Gordon Julich, Jackson County Parks & Recreation Historic Sites
Phone: (816) 503-4860 Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

EVENT: Historic Sibley Cemetery Tour

DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2012

TIME: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

FEE: Adults: $7.00; Youth (5-13) $4.00; and Seniors (62+) $3.00; Children 4 and under free.

LOCATION: Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage St. Sibley MO 64088
Fort Osage is located in Sibley, MO on the Missouri River, 14 miles northeast of Independence.

WEBSITE: www.jacksongov.org/fortosage

Historic Sibley Cemetery Tour at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Jackson County Parks & Recreation is offering a fascinating opportunity to learn about the earliest American settlement of Western Missouri. The Sibley Cemetery is the oldest in Jackson County and possibly the oldest in Western Missouri. Containing almost 600 graves, it chronicles the history of our community and western expansion into the frontier. The cemetery began as the military burial site for soldiers who died at Fort Osage between 1810 and 1820. After Fort Osage was abandoned in the mid-1820s, it became the community cemetery for the town of Sibley.

The program will begin with a presentation in the Fort Osage Education Center followed by a guided tour of the cemetery. Visitors will learn about cemetery symbolism, burials of note, veteran burials (particularly of the Civil War), and 19th century mortality. The importance of documenting and conserving historic cemeteries will be stressed. Cameras are encouraged.

Fort Osage was established in 1808 by William Clark and served as both a military and civilian outpost on the American frontier. During its brief twenty year occupation, it played a pivotal role in early frontier exploration. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and is owned and operated by Jackson County Parks & Recreation.

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