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Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Elizabeth Schenck Smith House

 
 
Elizabeth Schenck Smith House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 27, 2013
1. Elizabeth Schenck Smith House Marker
Inscription.

This building is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Schenck Smith, the daughter and wife of Army officers. In 1920, Mrs. Smith founded the Fort Leavenworth Women's Club, the forerunner of today's Wives' Club. Agendas included women's suffrage, public protection of mothers and infants, prohibition of child labor, and equal pay for equal work. She also founded the Fort Leavenworth PTA which, insofar as known, was the first PTA in Kansas.

Mrs. Smith accompanied her husband to various foreign outposts and in one instance, "home" was a tent on the Mexican border. At age 60 she learned Braille and copied books in Braille by hand; two of these books are in the Library of Congress. Her entire life was devoted to Army community life and women's issues.

Mrs. Smith died in 1978 at the age of 96. Her legacy lives on in the Officers and Civilians Wives' Club.
 
Erected by United States Army.
 
Location. 39° 21.393′ N, 94° 55.328′ W. Marker is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is at the intersection of Warehouse Road and Oregon Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Warehouse Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Leavenworth KS 66027, United States of America.
 
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Elizabeth Schenck Smith House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 27, 2013
2. Elizabeth Schenck Smith House and Marker
Marker in front of hedge near center entrance
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artillery Guard House (a few steps from this marker); Post Riding Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. mile away); St. Ignatius Chapel (Building 170) (approx. mile away); Grant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Old Blockhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zais Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Capital of Kansas Territory (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Leavenworth.
 
More about this marker. Public access to the post is possible with proper identification, subject to U.S. Army regulations.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Leavenworth Spouses' Club. (Submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. (Submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. US Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth. (Submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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