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Home of the "Fightin'est Fort in the West"

The Fort Wallace Museum is proud to announce another  very special event that has been scheduled for Saturday, February 6! In short, we will be proud to host Mr. and Mrs. George Armstrong Custer! In partnership with Jerry Thomas and the Jerry Thomas Gallery of Scott City, Fort Wallace will host“A Weekend with the Custers,” an up-close and personal experience with reenactors Steve Alexander of Monroe, Michigan and Marla Matkin of Hill City, Kansas, who portray some of the most vivid and controversial  Figures in American history, George and Elizabeth Bacon Custer. On Saturday, Feb. 6, the FWMA plans to host a lecture and discussion by the Custers beginning at 2 PM MST, followed by a reception and Museum fund raiser in the new Milford Becker addition. On Sunday, Feb. 7, the Custers will appear at the Jerry Thomas Gallery in Scott City, beginning at 2 PM.

Custer  Alexander Mrs Custer/Matkin
Steve Alexander as Brevet General George Armstrong  Custer
Marla Matkin as Libbie Custer

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Fort Wallace Museum added 18 new photos.

December 1 at 6:26pm

What a fun day at the Fort Wallace Museum, as we welcomed our new elasmosaurus platyurus fossil friend to the new Milford Becker North Addition! It takes a big house to hold a 40-foot long resident! A few scenes of Museum folks at work and play!!

hanging of skelton

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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