Sacagawea at Fort Osage
200 years after Sacagawea visited Fort Osage 1811 - 2011
By Dan Sturdevant
April 24, 2011
At least 120 people attended the uplifting program “Sacagawea at Fort Osage” in Fort Osage’s Education Center on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
The program was a product of the partnership of the Native Sons and Daughters (of Greater Kansas City, www.nsdkc.org (Ft. Osage Committee Chair John Hess), the Missouri Kansas Riverbend Chapter Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, www. LewisAndClarkKC.org. (Sacagawea at Fort Osage committee chair Chick Stessman), and Fort Osage National Historical Monument (Gordon Julich and Steve Wilson).
The program began with the colorful, energetic and informative (about dances, costumes and customs) “Big Soldier Creek Dancers” of Mayetta, Kansas. Then the half hour program of speeches concerning Sacagawea led to the unveiling by sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer of the Sacagawea Bronze Relief Plaque on the downstairs wall of the Ft. Osage Education Center building. Also, Sacagawea dollar coins were presented to the Girl Scout Troop 1874 and the Lewis and Clark Elementary School girls and boys from Liberty, Missouri. After the half hour program, attendees were treated to additional dancing by the Big Soldier Creek Dancers.
Attendees also roamed the Fort’s grounds, viewed the grand view of the Missouri river, explored the replica Fort Osage building (which the Native Sons supervised its reconstruction starting in the early 1940s) and generally enjoyed the time. Scattered clouds and temperatures in the 60s produced a fine day.