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Discover Heroes and History in Fort Scott, Kan., during 50 Plus day trip on March 29
POSTED: 03/04/2016
Visit some ‘highlights of history’ during a day trip to Fort Scott, Kan., being planned in late March by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Heroes and History is the name of this trip. Travelers will visit Fort Scott's Lowell Milken Center to discover how local students raised worldwide awareness about Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children during World War II. Learn about the ‘Life in a Jar’ play that portrayed her courageous story and the Unsung Heroes projects that followed. Tour the Gordon Parks Museum to learn about how this Fort Scott native was influential in photography, music, writing, and film. At the Fort Scott National Historic Site, find out about this frontier fort established in 1842 and discover the soldiers’ roles over the years. Enjoy lunch at Nate’s Place at the historic Lyons Twin Mansions.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "day trip."

This trip will leave at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is $79 per person and includes lunch.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To see this program online at, follow the "Register for Activities" link and complete a barcode search for 32250.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

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