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Snowshoe Stomp

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1 p.m.

A brief introduction to snowshoeing with instructions on basics will take place at the North Barracks. Guests will then take a 45-minute hike around the grounds. If there is less than 4 inches of snow, event may not take place due to lack of snow cover. We'll provide the snowshoes, but guests can also bring their own. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


May School Tours

Dates:
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1 p.m.
Grades 3-6

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park offers school groups an opportunity to explore the 1860s military post. Fort Sisseton provides a glimpse into our frontier heritage through interpretive tours of the 14 restored original military buildings. Each tour, conducted by costumed staff, illustrates the buildings and grounds in their late 19th century context. The tour is roughly two hours. Tour groups are best when kept under 25 students.

If your class is interested in arranging a guided tour, contact Fort Sisseton at 605-448-5474 to reserve your date today.


Fort Sisseton Historical Festival

Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 6-8, 2014

Join us at the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival! The Fort will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary in August, so this is a festival that you don't want to miss! Enjoy favorites like cavalry demonstrations, the chuck wagon cook-off, black powder shooting, the rendezvous and more. For a complete schedule of activities and more information, contact the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474 or visit the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival webpage.


Lantern Tours

Dates:
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

Tour the Fort by lantern light and hear tales of the people who once walked the grounds. Gather at the North Barracks front porch to pick up your lantern. Then follow the boardwalk as your guide tells some of the Fort’s most famous stories. Tours last about an hour. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


Junior Naturalist Program: Become a Buffalo Buff

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 3 p.m.

Become a Buffalo Buff! Join us for a Junior Naturalist Program on Saturday, June 28. Meet us in the North Barracks at 3:00 pm and learn about all things buffalo. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


Classic Fourth at the Fort

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: 1-4 p.m.

Come celebrate with us at our Classic Fourth at the Fort! Enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, a mining sluice, crafts, and more! Activities will take place 1-4 p.m. on July 4th and the only cost is the park entrance fee. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


Northern Fort Playhouse

For Information and Ticket Reservations, call: 605-467-3247
Dates: 2014 Season

Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m., The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns
Wine & Cheese Tasting, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 7:30 p.m., Perfect Wedding
Dinner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2 p.m., The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

Friday, July 18, 7:30 p.m., Perfect Wedding
Wine & Cheese Tasting, 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns
Dinner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2 p.m., Perfect Wedding

Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., Perfect Wedding
Wine & Cheese Tasting, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 7:30 p.m., The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns
Dinner, 6 p.m.

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns by Roger Bean

We're back in 1958, and it's time for The Marvelous Wonderettes to graduate in this long-awaited sequel to the smash off-Broadway and 2011 Playhouse hit! Join Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy as they sing about their final year in high school, celebrate with their fellow classmates and teachers, and prepare for their next step toward a bright future. Act Two zooms ahead to 1968, where the girls perform as bride and bridesmaids to celebrate Missy's marriage to Mr. Lee!  Featuring "Rock Around the Clock," "At the Hop," "Dancing in the Street," "River Deep, Mountain High," and 25 more hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns will have the audience cheering for more!

Perfect Wedding by Robin Hawdon

What an appalling situation......a bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him.  What's more an extremely attractive girl whom, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can't remotely remember even having been introduced to. Worse -- during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the way, the bride arrives and the girl is trapped in the bathroom. The only way out of the dilemma is to persuade the best man to pretend that the hidden girl is his girlfriend. Then the problem is that the best man's real girlfriend has to be kept ignorant of the fact. By the time the bride's parents and half the hotel staff get in on the act, the chaos reaches nuclear proportions! Generous laughter is guaranteed!


Junior Naturalist Program: Knock on Wood

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 3 p.m.

Join us for a Junior Naturalist Program and learn all about trees and leaves. Meet in the North Barracks for games and activities. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


Junior Naturalist Program: Animal Tracks

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014, 3 p.m.

Join us for a Junior Naturalist Program on Saturday, August 9th at 3:00 pm to learn how to identify animals by their tracks. Activities will begin in the North Barracks. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


September School Tours

Dates:
Monday, September 8, 2014, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10 a.m.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 10 a.m.
Grades 3-6

Fort Sisseton has scheduled four school tour days for the fall of 2014. Five stations explain the history and culture of Fort Sisseton. There is no fee for your school to take part in the program.

The school programs will begin at 10:00 am and end at 1 p.m.; however, schools can come for part of the day and participate in as few or as many of the activities as their schedules allow. Each session lasts 30 minutes. A 30-minute lunch break is included in the schedule. Lunch is on your own.

Groups are limited to 25 students per group, and teachers are asked to accompany the group. If you have more than 25 students, you are welcome to break the class into two groups. To reserve a spot for your class, contact the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


Haunted Fort Tour

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Join us for our first Haunted Fort Tour! Start the self-guided tour with a video recounting the experiences of people who have seen strange phenomena at the historic site. Then follow the creaking boardwalk through several of the Fort's most legendary buildings. Look out for the ghosts of children rumored to haunt the Schoolhouse, see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous White Lady in the Commanding Officer's Quarters, and listen for soldiers' footsteps on wooden floorboards. No need for spooky sound effects and monstrous costumes here--Fort Sisseton's long and lingering history provides everything you need for an evening of haunted fun! For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.


Frontier Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park's annual Frontier Christmas! The event promises hours of fun for all ages as people relive Christmas traditions in a historic setting.

Throughout the day, visitors will learn how to make holiday decorations: popcorn garland and 12 different holiday crafts. Visitors will also get the chance to taste freshly churned butter and homemade bread. A number of artists will provide musical entertainment to round out the holiday setting.

The Fort's horse drivers will be giving sleigh rides through the winter wonderland. Or, visitors can stroll the grounds and meet the various men and women of the fort. Demonstrations include carpentry, rope making, soap making, and spinning and weaving. Both the blacksmith and the carpenter will be on hand to show their professions. Visitors can also stop by the hospital, doctor's quarters and commanding officer's quarters for tours.

Father Christmas also will be at the Fort to share Christmas wishes. At 4:00 pm join in as candles are lit on the Fort's holiday tree.

There is no cost to participate, although a park entrance license is required and can be purchased at the park. For more information call the Fort Sisseton office at 605-448-5474.