FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2018
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Fort Osage and Education Center closed indefinitely
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, will be closed indefinitely after sustaining damage from a grass fire.
Fire crews from multiple agencies, including Ft. Osage, Independence, Sni Valley, Central Jackson County, Liberty and Wellington-Napoleon, responded to the scene around 5 p.m. Sunday. An investigation is underway to determine how and where the grass fire started, but firefighters say high winds and dry weather conditions caused the fire to spread to the historic landmark.
An initial assessment by Parks + Rec staff has determined that three buildings and a fence at Fort Osage sustained damage. The full extent of the damage is unknown.
The Fort Osage Education Center was not damaged by the grass fire, but smoke entered the building. As a result, it will also be closed indefinitely.
About Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
Located on the banks of the scenic Missouri River in Sibley, MO, the historic site has been reconstructed to portray Fort Osage as it was in 1812. Authentically-attired interpreters provide living history insights into the daily life of both the military and civilian populations.
The Education Center opened in November 2007 to augment educational programming to the thousands of students who participate in programs at the National Historic Landmark. The Center features an exhibit area, meeting rooms, an auditorium, and conservation laboratory.