Welcome to the Historic Medicine Lodge Stockade Museum!
Journey with us to a time in our country’s past where life was hard but hope for a better future was strong. The promise of new life in the west called many families to leave everything familiar behind. Pioneers were seeking a new land of opportunity where one could homestead and raise a family. Stockades became the gathering place of protection for these pioneers during troubled times. Within the stockade walls communities were built and friendships were forged as everyone daily worked together to provide adequate food and clothing for each family. At the close of the day families gathered together to spend time singing hymns and thanking the Lord for another day of safety. Occasionally, special events were celebrated with fiddle music and dancing.
The Medicine Lodge Stockade Museum gives you a taste of what life was like in a stockade in the 1870’s.
June 14 US Flag Retirement Ceremony
Bring your lawn chairs and join us as we retire American flags on Friday, June 14. The local VFW post, the local Boy Scouts, and the Medicine Lodge Stockade will have a US flag retirement ceremony that evening. If you have any US flags you need disposed of properly, please bring them to the Stockade beforehand so we can plan correctly for the total number of flags. The Stockade will open that evening at 8 PM. The ceremony will start around 8:30 PM, with the first flag being burnt at dusk.
June 15 Gift Shop Clearance Sale
Saturday, June 15, starting at 8 AM, the Stockade Museum gift shop is having a 75% clearance sale. Stop in, take a tour, and buy some stuff! Most of the items in the gift shop will be on sale. Consignment items and most books will NOT be on sale. The books that are on sale will be marked.
June 29 Motorcycle Poker Run
We Ride Kansas is sponsoring a motorcycle poker run on Saturday, June 29 at 10 AM to benefit the Stockade. Stops include Family Food Store in Sawyer and Buster’s in Sun City. It is $10 per rider, $5 for passengers, and $5 for extra hands. See the event description on Facebook for more information.
The Stockade walls and towers were built in 1961. The last major repairs were made in 1982, and time has taken its toll. With many generous donations we have replaced the towers and are now working on the walls. We still need both donations and volunteer assistance. A goal of $40,000 has been set to replace the walls.
The cost of a single log is about $50, so donations of at least $50 will be recognized on a plaque to be displayed inside the Stockade Museum. Donations between $50 and $249 will be listed as a Log Provider, donations between $250 and $999 will be listed at the Wall Raiser level, and donations of at least $1000 will be Stockade Protectors.
To make a donation, please complete the Stockade Repair Donation Form and come by the Stockade during normal hours or mail the form with your check to PO Box 132, Medicine Lodge, Kansas 67104. You may also get a copy of the form at the Stockade. Please make your check out to Medicine Lodge Stockade Museum. All gifts are tax deductible.
Call or visit the Stockade Museum for more information about helping with the reconstruction. This could not happen without the generous support of all, so thank you!