A life-size Plains Indian exhibit from the Fort Larned National Historic Site will be on display at the Dodge City Public Library through Feb. 11, 2013. The exhibit, funded by the nonprofit “Fort Larned Old Guard” and constructed largely by board member, Ken Weidner of Copeland, is representative of the Southern Cheyenne Indians.
Fort Larned operated as an army post from 1859 to 1878 establishing U.S. government authority and extending its influence along the Santa Fe Trail. The culture and lifestyle of all Plains Indian peoples were irreversibly altered by the encroaching nonnative cultures and Fort Larned, for a time, served as an Indian Annuities distribution point.
The Dodge City Public Library is located at 1001 North 2nd Avenue in Dodge City and open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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 www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911. There is no admission fee. For information on area tourism partners and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call (620) 285-6916.
For more information about the exhibit contact Sam at the library at 225-0248.