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Fort Larned Readies for Annual Labor Day, Candlelight History Tours

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Two major annual events offering fascinating views of what life was like at a frontier fort in the late 1800s are quickly approaching for visitors to Fort Larned National Hisoric Site located in western Kansas.

The first annual event takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 to 5, 2011, when visitors will experience a variety of living history demonstrations and activities held during all three days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

fort_lernedFollowing on the heels of the Labor Day weekend events will be the fort's Candlelight History Tours set for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. This annual program is the most popular event held at the fort and tours fill quickly.

Over Labor Day weekend, soldiers will perform rifle and cannon demonstrations, blacksmiths will be firing up the forge, and the baker will be creating meals for the troops. Visitors can interact with living history interpreters including the ladies of the fort who will be dressed in elaborate Victorian dresses, while soldiers will be in historic wool uniforms.

While the fort's end-of-summer Labor Day weekend events are not to be missed, the annual Candlelight Tours offer a unique view of fort life not available at other historic sites.

Fort Larned re-enactors will present vignettes depicting life at the fort during the 1860s and 1870s. Details of the scenes are gleaned from the actual post records, letters, and diaries.

The tours are free, but reservations are required. Each tour is limited to 20 persons.

The first tour will leave the Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. and the last will begin at 10:15 p.m. Reservations can be made beginning Monday, Sept. 26 in person or by calling the Fort at (620) 285-6911 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.

Fort Larned National Historic Site is the nation's best-preserved and best-restored fort from the Indian Wars period.

The fort's mission began to protect the mail, grew to support the protection of other traffic on the Santa Fe Trail, culminated in Hancock's War and the Medicine Lodge Treaty in 1867, then ended with the completion of the railroad in less than two decades.

Visitors can tour the museum, watch a 10-minute audio-visual program, explore displays of historic artifacts, see profiles of notable people at Fort Larned and facts about the fort.

Fort Larned National Historic Site is located on Kansas Highway 156, six miles west of Larned, Kansas. Admission to the historic site is free.

For additional information, visit Fort Larned's Website at
www.nps.gov/fols/ .

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