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.
Buy a Log
The Stockade needs your help! The last major repairs were made in 1982, and time has taken its toll. We would like to rebuild the west tower in time for Peace Treaty this fall, including the stairs so visitors can climb to the top once again. About $20,000 is needed for logs and supplies, plus many hours of volunteer labor. We currently have about $4,000.
The cost of a single log is about $50, so any donation of at least $50 will be listed on a plaque 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. The plaque will be displayed inside the Stockade Museum.
To make a donation, please come by the Stockade during normal hours or mail a check to PO Box 132, Medicine Lodge, Kansas 67104. Please make your check out to Medicine Lodge Stockade Museum and note that it is a donation for the “Buy a Log” campaign. All gifts are tax deductible.
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