Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker selected for Gordon Parks award

Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker will receive the Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons award during the 10th annual Gordon Parks Celebration in Fort Scott, Oct. 3-5.

Kassebaum Baker will be honored during a community dinner and tribute Oct. 4.

The Gordon Parks Celebration of Cultures and Diversity is a three-day celebration that honors the work and creativity of Fort Scott’s most famous native son. Parks, a noted photographer, writer, poet, musician and filmmaker, died in 2006.

Events include a poetry and photo competition, discussions about Parks, trolley tours of Fort Scott and a creativity contest. The highlight includes the Celebration Tribute Dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Cost is $25 for the dinner For more information on the celebration, times and events go to

In 1978, Kassebaum became the first female senator from Kansas, serving for 18 years. During that time, she served on several committees, including chair of the Aviation Subcommittee and of the Labor and Human Resources Committee.

She was also instrumental in helping create the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The preserve near Cottonwood Falls in Chase County is the last significant example of the tallgrass prairie in North America.