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Pollinator Week Children’s Program

Fort Larned National Historic Site News Release

June 5, 2015                                                                                 Contact:  Superintendent, 620-285-6911

For Immediate Release


Pollinator Week Children’s Program


Did you know Fort Larned National Historic Site has a new butterfly garden? Through community donations, Larned middle and high school students constructed the garden to attract the native pollinators of Kansas, which currently suffer from loss of habitat.

In celebration of both the new garden and Pollinator Week, Fort Larned welcomes kids of all ages to an hour-long program on Saturday, June 20 at 10am. The program starts with a hands-on craft in the Visitor Center where kids can make their very own butterflies. It will then move to the new butterfly garden, which is located next to the parking lot. Kids can explore and learn about the importance of pollinators to the environment and what they can do to help them.

Pollination occurs when pollen is carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, other animals, or by the wind. This transfer of pollen leads to fertilization and successful seed and fruit production for plants.  Foods produced through the help of pollinators include blueberries, melons, potatoes, vanilla, chocolate, apples, coffee, peaches, and almonds.

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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Fort Larned Butterfly Garden

“The almost completed butterfly garden at Fort Larned National Historic Site.”

Welcome Scarlett Olsen, our Summer Intern, to the Chamber!

Hi, I’m Scarlett Olsen and I grew up in Larned and Burdett Kansas. I am a senior at Fort Hays State University studying communications, public relations and working towards a certificate in leadership. I chose to major in communications because I have always been interested in working with people, making positive impacts, and doing creative work.
This summer I am interning through Ogallala Commons at the Larned Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with my supervisors, Sydney Blanton & William Nusser, and gaining experience working with others on real community projects.
I have a variety of interests and I am hoping to find ways of incorporating some of them into my internship. Traveling is something that I have fallen in love with. Being immersed in a foreign culture is an adventure that teaches you more than a text book ever can. Along with traveling, I love the outdoors, reading, music (especially live!), trying new things, exercising creativity, and meeting new people. One project of mine this summer will be to create a promotional video for Larned’s Santa Fe Trail Days celebration. I also plan to implement a Shop Local program as well as a Youth Entrepreneurship program. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and I hope to make a positive impact on this community with the time I have.
This summer I hope to gain skills and knowledge that will help me with future endeavors. I am not sure where my degree will take me but I have high hopes to love my job, be successful, and find another area I love as much as this one. An ideal job for me would be event planning because I love planning and organizing, attending fun events, and the adrenaline of show time! I am lucky to have this opportunity at the Chamber of Commerce this summer and I cannot wait to get started.

Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by Fort Larned Lions Club


Santa Fe Trail Days 2015

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Annual Community Banquet

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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.

Learn more at

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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