Jubilation on the Frontier

By Nash Traylor, Fort Lancaster Events Coordinator

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site recently completed its 2013 Frontier Jubilee, with record attendance and a great time had by all. The weekend was comprised of an Education Day for area schools and a day open to the public.

On May 17, Education Day enabled school groups to witness history by watching living historians from across the state represent significant historical periods of Fort Lancaster. These living history participants teamed with the local Texas Challenge Academy and Ozona Boy Scout Troop #153 to help with event duties and demonstrations.

Among the many interactive activities students participated in, some highlights included mimicking the commands necessary to load and fire a cannon, interacting with and learning about camels and their significant role in Fort Lancaster’s history, and using tactile learning to become more educated on native animals that are now extinct.

The next day was Public Day, which incorporated many of the same demonstrations as Education Day, along with a free barbecue lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Lancaster and a closing rifle and drill demonstration by the Seaborne Challenge Academy.

Overall, it was a great event that has set a foundation we will build on for years to come. Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves, and the feedback we have received has been extremely positive. Here’s a quote from a teacher who had such a good time during Education Day that she came back for Public Day:

Thank you for a good day on Friday… And thanks for the day on Saturday. I truly believe you are doing a great job there. Keep it up. – Mrs. Valkonen 7th grade teacher, Sonora Middle School

We would like to thank all of our public and school visitors for attending. Special thanks goes out to our participants for all their generosity and hard work, including Friends of Fort Lancaster, Texas Challenge Academy, Ozona Boy Scout Troop #153, our supporting community organizations, and the staff from Fort Lancaster State Historic Site and Fort McKavett State Historic Site. Your support and efforts are the reason we are able to make a significant impact on our community.

Fort Lancaster is located near Sheffield, in the heart of West Texas. It is part of the Texas Pecos Trail Region.

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