“It is a pleasure to inform you that the property [Fort Osage] … has been found to possess exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States.”
“In recognizing the historical importance of this site, the National Park Service encourages its preservation as a landmark of our Nation’s heritage.”
Excerpts from a letter from the National Park Service to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, November 6, 1961
From left to right: Jonathan Klusmeyer - Superintendent of Jackson County Historic Sites, Heather Campbell – Fort Osage Site Administrator, John Peterson – Former Fort Osage Curator, Michele Newman – Jackson County Parks + Rec Director, Dianne Kimzey – Jackson County Parks + Rec Deputy Director, Gordon Julich – Retired Superintendent of Jackson County Historic Sites.
John Peterson, Fort Osage Curator and Archaeologist, has left Fort Osage National Historic Landmark for a job at the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Michele Newman, Jackson County Parks + Rec Director, thanked John for all of his archaeological work at both Fort Osage, the Little Blue Trace Hiking and Biking Trail, and other Jackson County Parks. John was also responsible for the curation of artifacts at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, and Missouri Town 1855. In addition to his curation and archaeological duties, John worked as a museum interpreter in the Fort Osage Education Center. John Peterson had been with Jackson County Parks + Rec since 2001.
In 2017, Fort Osage visitors will have the opportunity to tag along with the 10th Dimension Paranormal Group, as they conduct an investigation of Fort Osage. During the tour you will see how a paranormal investigation is conducted (just like on popular paranormal TV shows). The investigation will take place throughout the Military Compound and Factory.
Don't miss this opportunity to see Fort Osage in an entirely new way! The tour date will be posted to our Calendar of Events page soon.
More information on the 10th Dimension Paranormal Group can be found on their website: www.10thdimensionparanormalgroup.com
On Saturday, September 24, 2016 Fort Osage Volunteers demonstrated how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700's. Our Volunteers also participated in the annual Buckner Parade in Buckner, Missouri.
The Society of Friends of Fort Osage would like to thank all of the volunteers who came out to support Fort Osage this past weekend. We would also like to thank the volunteers from Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, in Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois, who came out to give our visitors a French Artillery demonstration.
Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700s. Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier. Artisans will display custom made wares, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.
Saturday, September 24
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission Fees: Adults: $8.00, Seniors (62 and over): $4.00, Youth (5-13): $4.00, Anyone under 5 is free.
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Ongoing Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. - French Artillery Demo
2:00 p.m. - Music in the shade with "Common Way"
3:00 p.m. - Auction - Factory Porch
Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, in cooperation with the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors, will host a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Joseph C. Brown's survey of the Osage Treaty Line. As set forth in Missouri's original petition for statehood, this line was intended to serve as the western and northern boundaries of the state. It was initially negotiated during the 1808 treaty between the United States of America and chiefs of the Greater and Little Osage nations.
This line represents the first boundary line actually surveyed in western Missouri. The boundary line had two components, one on each side of the Missouri River. While the southern segment does not survive, the northern segment still serves as county and state boundaries. The effort to survey both of these lines originated at Fort Osage.
The commemoration will include demonstrations of surveying tools, dedication of a replica treaty line monument, and a reenactment of the running of the first leg of the line, with a cannon salute.
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
11:00 a.m. - Presentation of the Colors & Introductions
11:15 a.m. - Reading of Resolutions & Unveiling of the Stone
11:30 a.m. - Surveying Missouri's First Boundary Line
12:30 p.m. - History of Fort Osage & the Osage Treaty
1:15 p.m. - Running of Brown's Lines (Fort Square & South Line)
2:00 p.m. - Determining Declination (Evolution of Compasses)
2:45 p.m. - Running of Sullivan's Line (Iowa/Missouri Boundary Dispute)
3:30 p.m. - Perpetuating History - Missouri's Land Survey Program (Searching for Brown's State Line Intercept)
We had an excellent turn out for the Dispatch Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, August 6th, and we couldn't have asked for better weather! A huge thank you is due to the race organizer, Traci Martin, for the huge amount of work she put into making this successful. We are also very grateful for the volunteers who came to help with the race, we couldn't do these events without you! Keep checking back for details on next years race!
Please join us on July 4th! Relive an early celebration of the founding of our country as the staff and volunteers commemorate their independence from Great Britain. Only 38 years have gone by since the founding fathers declared their independence, and young American soldiers and adventurous civilians find themselves at Fort Osage, the most remote of all frontier forts. The Fort's residents take time from their normal daily activities to mark this important milestone with patriotic speeches and musket and cannon salutes.
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