March 14-15, 2009

Women's Living History Weekend

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., both Saturday (March 14) and Sunday (March 15)
Location: Fort Osage Education Center 107 Osage St., Sibley, Missouri 64088. Fort Osage is located in Sibley, Missouri, on the Missouri River, 14 miles northeast of Independence.
Fee: Adults, $7.00; Youth (5-13), $4.00; Seniors (62+), $3.00; Children (4 & under), FREE

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, Jackson County Parks & Recreation is presenting a unique glimpse of women’s life in the early 1800s on the American frontier.  Fort Osage staff and volunteers will present a diversified program of activities which would have been performed by women during the early years of Fort Osage’s operation from 1808 to1813. Typical domestic activities included needle arts such as spinning, carding, knitting, and weaving as well as art and embroidery. Culinary skills like hearth cooking, butter making, kitchen gardening and poultry yard duties will also be demonstrated. Interpretation supporting the United States Military will showcase hospital matrons, washerwomen and the making and repairing of uniforms and accoutrements.

Fort Osage was established by William Clark in 1808 and was instrumental in the early exploration of the American West. It served as both a military and civilian outpost. Fort Osage was abandoned in the mid-1820s. The Fort was partially reconstructed in the late 1940s and awarded National Historic Landmark status in 1964. Fort Osage is owned and operated by Jackson County Parks & Recreation.