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No Child Left Indoors Youth Event

Pawnee Valley Pheasants Forever
No Child Left Indoors Youth Event
Saturday, May 2nd

The Pawnee Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter is hosting there Third Bi-Annual “No Child Left Indoors Youth Event” This is event is free and open to the youth in Pawnee County. It will be held at the Larned Gun Club just south of Town. Times will be 1:00-4:00 p.m. for ages 6 and up. We will provide shotguns, .22’s, and air rifles so that all ages are able to participate. Ammunition and targets will also be provided. We will teach and demonstrate the safety of handling each type of shooting device. Hunters Education is not required. We will have an assortment of targets and shooting clays for the youth to participate in. If you have any questions please contact: Jamie Holopirek -620-923-5001 or Cory Johnson – 316-243-7530.

Tourism to Fort Larned National Historic Site Brings Economic Benefits to Larned Area

NEWS RELEASE                          U.S. DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR



For Immediate Release                                                                                 Contact:  Superintendent


 Tourism to Fort Larned National Historic Site Brings Economic Benefits to the Larned Area

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 24, 607 visitors to Fort Larned in 2014 spent a total of $1,430,900 in the communities near the park, averaging about $58 per visitor.  That spending supported 21 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $1,571,800.

“Fort Larned welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Betty Boyko.  “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides.  We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that if offers.  National Park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well.  We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economists Lynne Koontz.  The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.  This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities.  The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

If you would like to read the report you can download it at

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about nationals park in Kansas and how the National Park Service works with Kansas communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.

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The attached photo is of visitors enjoying a cavalry demonstration during a Memorial Day Weekend living history event at Fort Larned.

Celeste Dixon

Park Ranger

Fort Larned NHS

(620) 285-6911

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Spring Community Health Fair

April 10th, 2015 @ 6:30 am – 9:00 am
The Health Fair will be held on the Second Floor – South Entrance of First State Bank.
  • Lab testing at Reduced Rates!
  • Fasting is recommended 10-12 hours prior to testing. Water is allowed.
  • Total Profile: $30.00

*(Hemogram, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Lipid Panel & TSH) Individual testings also available at various prices.

Community Bells to Ring – 150th Anniversary – Lee’s surrender to Grant

April 9 – Listen to area church’s ring their bells as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House. The bells will ring at 2:15 central time for four minutes (one minute for each year of the war) to mark the occasion and is part of the National Park Service’s nationwide commemoration of an event that marked the end of the American Civil War.

Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

2 April 2015

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum
& Research Library
1349 K-156 Hwy
Larned, KS 67550

Contact: Becca Hiller, Museum Director
620/285-2054 or


Santa Fe Trail Center, Larned, Kansas to host
April 6th to May 25th, 2015

Throughout the nineteenth century as Americans pushed west toward the Pacific, they were fascinated by westward expansion in North America. Printed imagery—lithographs and engravings—played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and its inhabitants. Now visitors to the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined, opening April 6th, 2015, will see 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence the artists had on the perception of the wild west.

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased the expansive territory, known as Louisiana from Napoleon, King of France. This transaction extended the young country’s boundaries by 828,000 square miles, including all of present-day Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and parts of Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. The Louisiana Purchase set the stage for exploration, migration and settlement, in addition to struggle and conflict. Convinced that God wanted the country to extend to the Pacific Coast—the idea called “Manifest Destiny”—scores of Americans, including painters and printmakers, moved west.

The westward expansion in the nineteenth century was closely intertwined with the experiences of the native peoples. The exhibition’s artists, including George Catlin and Frederic Remington, sought to document the indigenous people of the west along with western migration. Artists often accompanied governmental geographical surveys and created images to illustrate official publications. Others sold engravings to popular periodicals, such as Harper’s Weekly, or to the mass market. Whether real or imagined, these lithographs and engravings informed the rest of America and the world about Native Americans and America’s western landscapes and its natural resources.

Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and curated by Dr. Randall Griffey, associate curator of modern American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at and

The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum & Research Library is located 2 miles west of Larned, Kansas on K-156 Hwy. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 620/285-2054 or email

Trail Center Hosts Dreamcatcher Workshop

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum& Research Library
1349 K-156 Hwy
Larned, KS 67550

Contact: Becca Hiller, Museum Director

Release Date: Tuesday, March 24th

Trail Center Hosts Dreamcatcher Workshop
April 11

Join the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum, Larned, April 11 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to make your own Dreamcatcher. Originally made by some Native American cultures, the Dreamcatcher was traditionally made from a bent piece of willow, honeysuckle, grapevine or other vine like branch, formed to make a ring. Several legends surround how and why the Dreamcatcher was created. The woven web is used to catch the dreams that flow freely in the night air; the bad dreams are caught and held by the bead(s) until the sun evaporates them. The good dreams travel along the web and down the strings or feathers into the minds of the sleeping person.

To make their own Dreamcatcher participants will use metal hoops that will be wrapped with leather lacing, and secured with hot glue; then imitation sinew will be used to create the web. It will be woven around the hoop; beads will be used to embellish the webbing. Feathers and beads along with the leather lacing can be used to embellish the overall dreamcatcher. Each Dreamcatcher will be made and decorated as the individual participants decide.

The cost for the workshop, which will be led by Michelle Conine and Crystal Flannery-Bachicha from the Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita, is $20 and includes all supplies. Space is limited to 15 people so advance registration is strongly recommended. To register, call 620/285-2054 or email Please include your name and how may spots you are reserving. The registration fee must be received by April 8 to guarantee your space. Cash or check may be dropped off or mailed to the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum at 1349 K-156 Hwy, Larned, KS 67550. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who can help them.
The Trail Center is also developing an exhibit about the origins of the Dreamcatcher and how it is being incorporated into the myths and legends of different Native American tribes today. It will be on display from April 11 to May 23.

This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum & Research Library is located 2 miles west of Larned on K-156 Hwy. To learn more about the museum please visit our website at, follow us on Facebook, or call 620/285-2054.


Pawnee County Humane Society Endowment established; Challenged issued

GREAT BEND, Kan. – The inquiry and generosity of an area resident has led to a new fund at Golden Belt Community Foundation. During Giving Tuesday 2014, Kathleen Foster attended the Larned giving location and was prepared to make a donation to an endowment fund for Pawnee County Humane Society in memory of her late mother and father’s dog, Muffy, who had recently passed away. However, she soon learned, that an endowment fund for the humane society had not yet been established with the community foundation. Understanding the importance and permanency of an endowment, Kathleen’s next question was, “How can we change that?” With the assistance of the foundation Executive Director, Christy Tustin, Kathleen recently established a fund for the benefit of Pawnee County Humane Society with an initial gift of $3,000.

“Many individuals wish to support an organization through endowment giving because they know their gift will be invested for the long-term and continue to support their favorite charity in perpetuity,” said Christy Tustin, Executive Director of the Golden Belt Community Foundation, “and this fund gives donors that option.”

The minimum dollar amount for establishing an endowed fund is $5,000. In light of this and needing an additional $2,000 to establish a fully funded endowment, Kathleen has posed a challenge to area supporters and animal lovers alike to make donations of their own to help raise the remaining $2,000. Once the $5,000 minimum has been met, Kathleen says she will then match that with another gift up to $2,000.

Last year’s Giving Tuesday proved successful, bringing in over $127,000 for area non-profit organizations. These dollars were invested into their rightful endowments accordingly to become sustainable dollars that will permanently support their operations and programs. Giving Tuesday 2015 has been scheduled for December 1st. Donors can now look for Pawnee County Humane Society to be among the available endowment fund options to donate to this year.

Endowment funds are funds permanently set aside and invested for long-term use, the principal of which is protected, and the earnings of which will benefit Pawnee County Humane Society directly. Up to five percent of the endowment fund is granted back to the organization annually. By establishing this fund, the humane society will benefit by reaching more potential donors, being able to offer free estate planning, and receiving annual distributions to support their mission. When organizations work through community foundations, they can build their funds to provide lasting support and take advantage of investment economies of scale and planned giving expertise.

Supporters may donate by sending a check payable to Golden Belt Community Foundation with the fund name, Pawnee County Humane Society Endowment, in the memo. Donations may be mailed to: Golden Belt Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1911, Great Bend, KS, 67530.

For more information on how to establish a fund for your favorite charitable organization, please contact Christy Tustin, Executive Director at Golden Belt Community Foundation at 620-792-3000 or email

Golden Belt Community Foundation

At $16.8 million in total assets and more than 155 funds under management, Golden Belt Community Foundation has been connecting people who care to causes that matter since 1996. For more information about Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or visit their website at


Commemoration The Surrender At Appomattox

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   Contact:  Superintendent





On the morning of April 10, 1865 the citizens of Washington, D.C. were startled awake at dawn by the sound of five hundred cannons going off all at once.  This explosive wake up call was Secretary of War Edwin Stanton’s way of announcing the news to the people of the nation’s capital that General Lee had surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant the day before in a small village in western Virginia called Appomattox Court House.  Once the news became widely known, Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, wrote that, “The nation seems delirious with joy.  Guns are firing, bells ringing, flags flying, men laughing, children cheering-all, all jubilant.  This surrender of the great Rebel captain and the most formidable and reliable army of the Secessionists virtually terminates the Rebellion.”

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox will be the final act in the National Park Service’s four year commemoration of the Civil War’s 150thanniversary.  On April 9th, as part of a week of commemorative events, the staff of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park will recognize the historical significance of that meeting between Grant and Lee by ringing a historic bell at the time it concluded, 3:00 pm.  The NPS would like to make this a national event with bells reverberating across the land by having NPS sites, as well as communities across the country ring bells at 3:15 Eastern Time.  The bells will ring for four minutes, one for each year of the war.

Fort Larned and the community of Larned will be participating in this event.  Churches in Larned will ring their bells at 2:15 pm on April 9th, and Park Ranger Celeste Dixon, who worked at Appomattox Court House NHP before transferring to Fort Larned, will present a special program on the surrender meeting the night before.  The program will be at 7:00 pm on April 8th in the Jordaan Room of the Larned Chamber Building.

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences.   Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911.  There is no admission fee.  Learn more at

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