“Whose Land Was It?” Land and property issues at Fort Scott highlighted in tour

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: July 12, 2012
Contacts: Galen Ewing, (620) 223-0310, galen_ewing@nps.gov

“Whose Land Was It?” – Land and Property Issues that Affected Fort Scott Highlighted in Evening Tour

Fort Scott – “The evidence is ample and clear that large portions of the Cherokee Nation were determined to stand firm in their loyalty, many of them joined the armies of the Union. The battles in which they participated and which eventuated in their expulsion from their own country and forced them to seek shelter in Kansas forms a part of the history of this war.” This moving story of Indian refugees written in 1863 will set the stage for one of the scenes in an evening tour at Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service.

Owning land/property has always been and remains a core component of the “American Dream.” Frequently, land ownership and property disputes plagued this nation throughout the 19th Century. From 1842-1873, Fort Scott went through these issues with the rest of the country that helped define us as a nation. During the tour, reenactors will create four different scenes in which soldiers or civilians at Fort Scott were involved in land issues. Scenes will include soldiers enforcing the “Permanent Indian Frontier” (1846), women discussing the outcome of a court hearing over property rights (1857), the plight of refugees during the Civil War (1863), and disputes between farmers and railroad workers (1869).

The tour will be held on Saturday, July 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. just outside the site’s visitor center and there is no charge for the tour. Other evening tours featuring different topics will be offered on August 18 and September 15 of this year.

Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the site at (620) 223-0310.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

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