2015 Homes for the Holidays - Candlelight Fort Tours
Friday Dec. 4th, Saturday Dec. 5th, Sunday Dec. 6th

Click the graphic to the right for Homes for the Holidays information. Tickets on sale Monday November 2nd! Donation: $50 for Moonlight and Mistletoe; $15 for regular tour. Tickets available at Country Cupboard, 12 N. Main and the Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall or at any stop during the Tour. For more information phone 800-245-FORT.

On December 4th and 5th, 2015, Fort Scott National Historic Site will host its 34th Annual Candlelight Tour. This year's tour will feature scenes from 1865 at Fort Scott and will focus on the new birth of freedom brought about by the Civil War. Hours are Friday: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 8.00 per ticket. Contact: Bill Fischer at 620-223-0310 with questions.

The Historic Preservation Association's annual Stocking Stuffer Craft & Gift Fair and Bake Sale will take place at Fort Scott Middle School, 1105 E. 12th Street, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. BBQ lunch also available for $6.

Elections Coming for Board Members

The Annual Meeting is just around the corner and that means there are opportunities for service on the HPA/BC Board of Directors. This year we have a total of four open positions to fill. Service on the board is a great way to stay involved with local preservation efforts. We have some very exciting and aggressive plans for the future and are actively seeking new ideas and enthusiasm. If you are interested, please contact the Nominations Committee Chair Don Miller at 223-6423 and tell him you want to join the fun!

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7PM, usually at the Old Congregational Church. The meetings are open to members and we invite you to attend and meet the Board.

HPA Pocket Museums Continue to Grow

If you’ve been out and around in the past few months you may have seen some of the “Pocket Museums” that have been placed around the community. These are displays of artifacts and photos focused on a specific place, event or historic period. Currently there are Pocket Museums at the following locations:

  • Old Tribune Building, display window on Wall Street just east of National: Celebrating the business community of Bourbon County past and present.
  • Tribune office, 12 E. Wall: Assortment of vintage typewriters connecting journalism’s past to the modern age.
  • Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Office #12: Antique blueprinting cabinet used to copy maps and drawings in pre-digital times.
  • Crain Insurance, 13 E. Wall: Wooden spinning wheels remind us of a time when almost everything was homemade.
  • Courtland Hotel, 121 E. 1st: Photos and stories of our railroading history are right at home in this historic building.
  • Lyon’s Mansion, 742 S. National: The old phonograph in it’s furniture quality cabinet would have been the life of the party in a “modern” Victorian home.
  • Fort Scott Municipal Airport, 1869 Indian Road: The penny scale that greeted shoppers downtown for years now welcomes visitors to the airport, and the displays of Missouri Pacific memorabilia are a link between railroad journeys of the past and air travel of the present.

A special Thank You to everyone who has helped make these displays available to the public, especially to Don Woods Moving and Dunn’s Moving Company for help with the “big stuff”. If you have an idea and would like to be involved with this effort, contact HPA President Jim Pitts at 768-9363 for more information and help us keep our local history available and visible to Bourbon County!

Bourbon County Outreach

Although the organization is headquartered in Fort Scott, we are interested in the history of the entire county and recognize that there are members in outlying areas that may want to focus “closer to home”. We are working on reaching out to all corners of the county and invite anyone from outside the city limits to bring us their ideas for promoting the “BC” in the HPA/BC. If you are interested in forming an auxiliary group focused more on your specific geographic location, we welcome you to bring your ideas to the Board. There is a lot of history outside the city limits and we celebrate it all!

Annual Meeting November 11

Make plans to attend the HPA/BC Annual Meeting on Tuesday November 11 at the Old Congregational Church. This will be a great opportunity to renew your membership, browse through HPA/BC merchandise, see old friends and oh yeah…. We have an excellent program planned! Don Miller and friends have been digging through his voluminous collection of old photographs and has assembled a slide show of Bourbon County’s pictorial history. Some of these images have never been published and are being exhibited for the first time. We will also be kicking off a membership renewal and new member drive, so bring a friend (or three) that are interested in our rich history and we’ll sign ‘em up.

Holiday Fun in Fort Scott!

Arnold Schofield's
Battlefield Dispatches.

Fort Scott Historian Schofield

The retired historian of Fort Scott National Historic Site, and retired head of Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site has provided this popular series to area newspapers for some time. A complete section will be added to website soon.

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Membership Dues

HPA dues are from January through December each year. Check the address area on November Newsletter. A red mark or red type indicates that we have not received your dues for 2013.

Membership levels are: $20 Single $50 Sutler $100 Century $200 or more Executive Membership donations are tax deductible and help us maintain historic buildings and artifacts, present historic programs, bring tourism to Fort Scott, and much more.

Make checks to HPA, and mail to HPA Treasurer Marlene Braker at 1210 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Please help us continue to preserve the rich history of the Fort Scott - Bourbon County Kansas area.

Thank you from the Membership Drive Committee: Merl Humphrey, Barbara Woodward, and Don Miller.