Kansas Forts & the Indian Wars

 

A series of monthly

Readings, Conversations, Tours, & Interpretations

facilitated by Leo Oliva, Ph.D.

 

Sponsored by the Edwards County Historical Society and Kinsley Library

with funding by the Kansas Humanities Council

SCHEDULE

SUNDAYS, 2-5 p.m.

(Locations as noted.

$10 Registration fee paid

at first meeting)

 

January 13, 2013 

City of Kinsley Meeting Room

      721 Marsh Ave, Kinsley

 Overview

Presented by Leo Oliva, Ph.D.

GROUP DISCUSSION

READING:  Little Big Man 

               by Thomas Berger

REFRESHMENTS: Edwards County Historical Society 

GUEST SCHOLAR:

    Ken Weidner,

   "Cheyenne Warrior Culture"

 

February 10, 2013

Fort Larned Nat. Historic Site

    1767 KS HWY 156, Larned

 “Fort Larned: 

          Guardian of the Plains”

 Presented by Leo Oliva, Ph.D.

TOUR:   Fort Larned

REFRESHMENTS:

      Fort Larned Old Guard

GROUP DISCUSSION

READING:  Primary Sources on

               Founding Fort Larned

GUEST SCHOLARS:

   Greg VanCoevern

        "Life of a Frontier Cavalryman”

   Rex Abrahams

        "Life of a Frontier Infantryman” 

 

March 10, 2013

Fort Dodge

    (Fort Mann, Fort Atkinson)

    714 Sheridan, Fort Dodge

“Fort Dodge:  Sentry of

     the Western Plains”

 Presented by Leo Oliva, Ph.D.

TOUR:   Fort Dodge

REFRESHMENTS: Dodge City

    Chapter of the Santa FeTrail Asso.

GROUP DISCUSSION

GUEST SCHOLAR:  

  Joanne VanCoevern

"Letters of Isadora Douglas-Fort Dodge"

 

April 14, 2013

Fort Hays State Hist. Site

1472 Hwy 183 Alternate, Hays

“Fort Hays:  Keeping Peace

      on the Plains”

Presented by Leo Oliva, Ph.D.

TOUR:   Fort Hays

REFRESHMENTS:

      Friends of Fort Hays

GROUP DISCUSSION

GUEST SCHOLAR:

    Mark Berry

  "California Joe Milner:  Army Scout"

 

May 5, 2013

City of Kinsley Meeting Room

     721 Marsh Ave, Kinsley

 Conclusion”

 Presented by Leo Oliva, Ph.D.

GROUP DISCUSSION

READING:  Selections on the Indian Wars in Kansas

REFRESHMENTS: Friends of

    the Kinsley Library

GUEST SCHOLAR:

       Henrietta Mann, Ph.D.

  "Walking the Cheyenne Road of Life"

    

 

 

Aerial View of Fort Larned

Above:  Fort Larned National Historic Site

 

Bibliography of Additional Independent Reading for

Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars

 

 

 

Join with other interested people to gain understanding of the

Plains Indian Wars and frontier military forts

through a wide variety of resources including:

  • Conversation and discussion with Dr. Leo Oliva

  • Readings in  literature, history, period letters, magazines, newspapers & documents (Click here for SYLLABUS)

  • Tours of Fort Larned, Fort Dodge & Fort Hays                                        (Provide own transportation and car pools will be formed)

  • Interpretive presentations by experts:

                  Ken Weidner on "Cheyenne Warrior Culture"

                  Greg VanCoevern on  "Life of a Frontier Cavalryman"

                  Rex Abrahams on "Life of a Frontier Infantryman"

                  Joanne VanCoevern on "Letters of Isadora Douglas, Fort Dodge"

                  Mark Berry on "California Joe Milner:  Army Scout"

                  Henrietta Mann, Ph.D.  "Walking the Cheyenne Road of Life"

     Fort Dodge Commanding Officer's Quarters

 

SPECIAL EXHIBIT

EDWARDS COUNY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MUSEUM AND SOD HOUSE

"Cheyenne Culture"

May 1-30

1027 US Hwy 56, Kinsley, KS

Courtesy of the Fort Larned National Historic Site

 

For questions call library at  620-659-3341 or EMAIL  www.kinsleylibrary.info

 

This program is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council,

a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the

history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

 

Below:  Fort Hays 1867 Block House