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Fort Larned portrayal will be featured Saturday
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Marla Matkin will portray Frances M.A. Roe on Saturday at the Fort Larned National Historic Site Visitor Center.

FORT LARNED — Fort Larned National Historic Site will showcase a first-person presentation of Frances M.A. Roe, portrayed by history performer and park volunteer Marla Matkin, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Visitor Center.
Roe was an army officer’s wife who hunted and fished in the Pawnee County area in the 1870s. The public is invited an hour of pure historical entertainment.  
Roe penned one of the most popular and descriptive journals of the western frontier, “Army Letters from An Officer’s Wife” – her journal from 1871 to 1888.  
She engages us with her adventurous spirit:
“There are those who “yawn and complain of the monotony of frontier life, but these are the stay-at-homes who sit by their own fires day after day and let cobwebs gather in brain and lungs…  If they would take brisk rides on spirited horses in this wonderful air, and learn to shoot all sorts of guns in all sorts of positions, they would soon discover that a frontier post can furnish plenty of excitement.”
This is the final program connected with the Hometown Team — How Sports Shaped America, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and the Fort Larned Old Guard. Coffee and tea will be served at this program.  All programs, events, and activities are free at Fort Larned.  
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 six miles west of Larned on K-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