Friends of the Fort would like to raise funds to support school classes with the rental of buses for field trips, and to pay for Adobe software to create virtual tours. The past few months have been challenging, as the Old Fort has been closed and not having any revenue or donations from visitors. Friends of the Fort has not been able to support any programs, and a Dutch Oven Cooking event was cancelled in March, which would have given us an opportunity for fundraising. We are reaching out and participating in this GoFundMe Charity project to raise the funds needed to share history with students in an engaging manner with field trips and interactive virtual projects. We appreciate your support and any donation will make a positive difference!
The Old Fort is brimming with a rich history, and we have a goal to share this history with students in Clark County. The school groups are required to pay for their own rental of a bus for field trips, and we would like to fund some of the buses. Also, when the school year starts again this fall, the usual procedures for learning may be a little different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods for learning will be shifting a bit to include more virtual applications. The Old Fort staff will have access to an Adobe software package that will allow them to create educational videos to share with classes, and to do virutal lessons. Please consider helping us raise funds to make this possible.
The students will learn that the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is a Nevada State Park, and it is one of the most historic sites in Las Vegas. More than 150 years ago, a spring-fed creek flowed through the valley, creating an oasis in the desert. This site attracted Pauiet people as well as traders, emigrants and gold seekers traveling the Old Spanish Trail to California. In 1855 a group of 29 Mormon missionaries arrived at the site and built an adobe Fort. In less than two years, the Fort was abandoned, and in 1865 Octavius Gas bought the site and developed a large-scale ranch, along with a blacksmith shop. Later, Helen J. Stewart operated a ranch on the site and she became a very inspirational person in the early history of Las Vegas. Helen sold the water rights to the railroad in 1902, which brought rail transportation to Las Vegas and the expansion of the city. Help us share the early history of our city with school groups.