County Executive to Welcome Guests at
Fort Osage Bicentennial

August 26, 2008 (KANSAS CITY, MO) –  Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will welcome guests and introduce Lieutenant Colonel Scott Farquhar, United States Army and Peyton “Bud” Clark, a direct descendent of William Clark as a special guest of honor at a special commemoration program on Saturday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m.  This will be followed at 2 p.m. by a dedication of a new historical marker by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City.  The Native Sons and Daughters were instrumental in the reconstruction of Fort Osage in the 1940’s.

The commemoration and dedication are part of the weekend event (Saturday & Sunday, September 6-7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Osage.

This two day event is open to the public and will feature historical interpreters recreating typical everyday life in the early 1800s depicting both military and civilian activities.  Musket and cannon demonstrations will occur both days in addition to drilling, parades and fatigue duties.  Civilian activities include hearth cooking and quilting.  Admission is $2.00 (200 cents for 200 Years) per person per day.

Fort Osage is located in Sibley, Missouri on the Missouri River, 13 miles northeast of Independence.  For specific directions, visit www.jacksongov.org then click on “Recreation” then “Historic Sites” then “Fort Osage”.

For information contact: Kay Norris, Jackson County Parks & Recreation (816) 503-4860.

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