Jackson County to collaborate
with University of Missouri-Kansas City

November 21, 2008 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders said today that he is looking forward to the collaboration this weekend between Jackson County’s historic Fort Osage staff and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Geology Department. Sanders said, “Our Historic Sites are ideal for educational collaborations of this nature. This is a wonderful opportunity to study and preserve our history in Jackson County.”

Fort Osage is a National Historic Landmark originally built in 1808. This weekend it will be used as a “laboratory” utilizing modern technology as the University of Missouri-Kansas City Geology Department will be training students in the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) at the fort. GPR radar beams penetrate the ground, generating signals that are computer analyzed to indicate the possible existence of artifacts and other materials. This technology has been used at Fort Osage in the past to confirm burial sites of early 19th Century soldiers. 

Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning UMKC students will be looking for the foundation “footprint” of the Fountain Cottage, the house George Sibley and his wife occupied from approximately 1815 to 1825. Sibley’s duties at Fort Osage included bookkeeping, supervising the trade room, processing furs, stocking the trade room and attending to Indian affairs.

Fort Osage and the Fort Osage Education Center are part of Jackson County Park and Recreation’s Historic Sites Division.  Both facilities are located on the banks of the Missouri River in Sibley and are open to the public year-round
Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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