Barrett Young has forwarded information about Veterans Day events at Fort Scott, Kansas.  I suggest it might be food for thought for other communities looking to mark the Centennial of the Armistice.

The Friends of Fort Scott NHS are once again hosting an 1800s Grand Ball on Saturday, November 10, 2018 as part of the city wide Veterans Day Weekend in Fort Scott. We will honor all veterans and current military personnel as well as remember the WW1 armistice signed on November 11, 1918. Veterans and military personnel, along with their escorts, will be leading off the Grand March to begin our evening of 1800’s period dancing and music. We would like to encourage everyone attending the Veterans Day Weekend activities to come and participate in the 1800s Grand Ball, and likewise, we encourage anyone attending the 1800s Grand Ball to take part in the other activities offered during the weekend in Fort Scott. All funds raised at the Grand Ball will go to support the activities of the Friends of Fort Scott NHS. The Friends provide support to the national historic site in a variety of ways, such as assisting with educational activities and programs for all ages as well as providing refreshments for special events.

The “Friends” of Fort Scott National Historic Site cordially invite you to the Veterans Day Weekend 1800s Remembrance Grand Ball

Saturday, November 10, 2018 7:00 to 10:30 PM

Historic Memorial Hall 1 E 3rd Street, Fort Scott, KS

Doors open at 6 PM The Grand March begins promptly at 7 PM.

1800s Period Music will be selected from the best CD’s available.

Dress: 1800s Period Dress Highly Encouraged OR Semi-Formal Party Wear OR Military Uniforms

Gloves are required and will be available. Long trains, spike heels, hobnails/heel-plates, spurs/swords/side-arms, pipes/cigars/chewing tobacco, and liquor are prohibited.

Dressing rooms are available.

Sweet and Savory refreshments will be served.

Tickets: General Public- $20 in advance/$25 at the door per personor two for $30 in advance/$40 at the door; Friends members- $15 in advance/$20 at the door; Students with ID- $10; and Children 12 & Under/Dance Observers- $5.

All proceeds go to the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

Tickets will be available at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall Street, 620-223-3566 (Cash/Check/Credit) or by mail.

A Free Dance Class will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 10-1 in the Grand Hall on the grounds of Fort Scott NHS. Street clothes, please.

For Information contact Dee at: 913-557-1632 or 913-269-1632 or

Find us on Facebook at: Fort Scott KS 1800s Dancing And Events at 1800s Remembrance Grand Ball.

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Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.