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150th Anniversary of the founding of Butterfield's Overland Despatch

A Day of History at the Fort Wallace Museum
Wallace, Kansas

Saturday, October 10th, 20151:00 PM MDT until dark

A re-enacted Cavalry Encampment, History Lectures, New Exhibits, and Stagecoach Home-Station Meal
Call 785.891.3564 or visit us on Facebook for info

In observance of the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the Butterfield Overland Despatch and the founding of Camp Pond Creek, the Fort Wallace Memorial Association invites the public to attend a History Day at the Fort Wallace Museum on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Beginning at 1:00 pm MDT, the museum will feature soldier re-enactors encamped on the grounds, lectures by historians Deb Goodrich and Mike Baughn, and the opening of a new exhibit on the BOD inside the 1865 Pond Creek Stagecoach Station. At 5:30, a “home-station” meal of buffalo burgers, sides and dessert will be served as a free-will donation fund-raiser. The museum would appreciate an RSVP by calling the museum at 785.891.3564, e-mailing museum@ftwallace.com or by responding on the Fort Wallace Museum Facebook page! The Fort Wallace Museum is located just east of the town of Wallace, Kansas on historic highway 40!

Fort Wallace Museum Gifted German Family Memorabilia
For those who are familiar with Western history, the story of the German Family Massacre of 1874 is a singular tale of violence, tragedy and survival. There are few stories more gripping than what happened just a few miles west of the Wallace County line, when a band of marauding Southern Cheyenne attacked the family from Georgia, killing the mother, father, son and two daughters and carrying off Catherine, Sophia, Addie, and Julia, the youngest of which were 7 and 5. All four girls were rescued and lived to tell their tale. The only items kept from their ordeal were Sophia’s moccasins.
On Thursday, May 9, Arlene and Jack Jauken journeyed from their home in Peru, Nebraska to deliver a gift to the Fort Wallace Museum – Dozens of files of research on the German Family and the Southern Cheyenne, as well as several pieces of family memorabilia – including original family photos and the moccasin that her Grandmother Sophia kept from her time as an Indian captive.   Click here to read the complete news release!
Plan a visit to your Fort Wallace Museum this summer to learn more about this and other stories from Western Kansas history! 

Fort Wallace Memorial Association president Jayne Humphrey Pearce
accepts the incredible historical gifts from Arlene and Jack Jauken.

FWMA Receives Milford Becker Gift

The past year has been full of many blessings for the Fort Wallace Memorial Association, including gifts from Harrison Flats Township, the Les Frasier and Snick Harrison memorials and the Garvey Texas Foundation. 
In late 2012, the organization was informed that they had been included in the estate of late local resident Milford Becker. This gift currently totals $700,000 with the last of his estate still to be settled. This singularly amazing gift will impact the FWMA for many years to come.

The board and friends of the Association have been meeting and discussing the ways to best honor Milford and fulfill the responsibility of using this money in the most fitting way possible! Come join with our organization as we strive to make Wallace County a great place to live and to celebrate our history and culture!

A.E. Smith addition / Floris & Viola Weiser Collection
Click here to see pictures of the collection.

Get 'Em, Boys!

The 7th Cavalry was a force to be reckoned with in the American West.  Stationed out of Ft. Wallace, these men engaged in numerous battles with nearby Indian tribes.  Shown here in a Jerry Thomas painting, Captain Albert Barnitz led the famed 7th Cavalry to their first fight with the Indians.

Now you can own a copy of this fantastic painting.
Click here for all the details.

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Highway 40, Box 53
Wallace, KS 67761
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