A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
A brief history of the Buffalo Soldiers will be explored, along with a focus on a well known Buffalo Soldier, West Point graduate Henry O. Flipper, and a lesser-known Buffalo Soldier, William Cathay, who was really a woman, Cathy Williams, disguised as a soldier.
Jones has been a park ranger at Fort Larned National Historic Site since 2011. She has enjoyed 15 years of sharing history in national parks, museums, schools and a historic village on the Minnesota River. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from Missouri Southern State University in 1999. She joined the interpretation staff at Carver National Monument and worked there for eight years. After managing the staff and programs at The Landing Minnesota Heritage Park for three years, Jones returned to her home state of Kansas, worked part-time at the Santa Fe Trail Center, and soon returned to the National Park Service. She enjoys learning about women’s roles in U.S. history and the opening of the West.
The museum is located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 (south Main Street in Great Bend). The program is free and open to everyone.