Fort Osage Education Center opening
reflects crucial national role of historic site

November 13, 2007 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a formal open house and reception at the new Fort Osage Education Center Friday, November 16, from noon to 4 p.m. The center is located on the grounds of the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage St. in Sibley, Missouri.

Jackson County Executive Michael D. Sanders will speak, following opening remarks from Osage Tribal Congress member Eddie Red Eagle and a traditional Osage blessing of the Center.

The open house and reception mark the official grand opening of the Fort Osage Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility featuring eight permanent exhibits: Geology, Maps, Flora and Fauna, Hopewell Indian, Osage Indian, the Lewis and Clark Experience, Fort Osage and the Missouri River.

The Center reflects the vital role Fort Osage played in shaping the American landscape. After his legendary expedition of the west with Meriwether Lewis, William Clark returned to the area to build the fort in 1808. For the next 20 years, Fort Osage served as a staging point for further westward exploration. Archaeological remains confirm a strong Native American presence at the site dating back centuries prior to the fort being built.

The open house November 16 also features the Kansas City premier of “A Photographic Exhibit Commemorating the Centennial of the 1906 Osage Allotment.” This exhibit, which features photos compiled by Osage Tribal Museum of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, will be on display at the Center through the end of February 2008. The exhibit was made possible with assistance from the National Park Service and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Division.