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Welcome To Fort Wallace Museum

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

Fort Wallace Memorial Association


The Grand Reunion of Forsyth Scouts

and the

150th Anniversary of the

 Battle of Beecher Island


Fort Wallace, KS

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Come and experience local history, just as it occurred 150 years ago! The story of the Forsyth Scouts and the Indian efforts to retain their beloved hunting grounds come to a head at the Battle of Beecher Island. Come and meet the characters of this drama, as they encamped at Fort Wallace 150 years ago. Re-enactors, nationally-known historians, food, music and entertainment. Admission to grounds is free; vendors and food at varied prices.

Official Program Download

Friday, September 7, 2018

1 - 4 pm MDT Wallace County Tour (sponsored by Wallace County Visitors Bureau)  starting at the Fort Wallace Museum
6 MDT/7 CDT - “Buffalo Supper with the Scouts” for Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum members and their guests on the Fort Wallace Museum grounds.
Skit by Marla Markins and Mark Barry

Pre-screening of new documentary "Thof's Dragon"

Saturday, September 8, 2018    At the Fort Wallace Museum

9 am MDT/10 am CDT - (No admission charged)  
Opening Ceremony Under the Tent
Reading of Governor’s Proclamation
Presentation of Wreath Honoring William Comstock
Ceremony honoring Cheyenne Warrior, Roman Nose Sculpture unveiling by Artist Melissa Rau.

10 am MDT
 Historian Jerry Greene. " From Sand Creek to Washita:; A Consequential Linkage"

11 am MDT
Spirit Dancer  Dennis Rodgers

11:45 am MDT/12: pm CDT
Lunch - Vendors on Site 

12:30 Pm MDT
The honorable Samuel Crawford (/Herschel Stroud)  Governor of Kansas, establishment of  Wallace County

12:40 pm MDT
Historian John  Monnett, " The Road to Beacher Island and Beyond-The August Raids of 1868: the Indian Point of View."

1:30 pm MDT     Historian David Harrington , Louis H. Carpenter: Gentleman Warrior"

3:00 pm MDT   William  Comstock Memorial 

3:10 pm MDT  Parade of Plains Tribes, Forsyth Scouts, Buffalo Soldiers: Roll Call

4:00 pm MDT Buffallo Soldiers Drill Demonstration

5:30 pm MDT/6:30 pm CDT
Chuck wagon Ham and Bean Supper 

7 pm - 8:30  MDT/8 pm CDT
Zerf, the Kansas Troubadour, in Concert 

7:45 pm MDT
Rifle Raffle Drawing

Sunday, September 9, 2018

9 am MDT/10 am CDT
1860s Worship Service at the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church (museum grounds) 

9:30 am MDT/10:30 am CDT
Public departs for Fort Wallace Cemetery, in place by 10 am MDT - bring lawn chairs 

10 am MDT/11 am CDT
Horses and Wagons Parade to Fort Wallace Cemetery 

10:30 am MDT/11:30 am CDT 
Fort Wallace Cemetery Ceremony remembering participants in the Battle of Beecher Island

Download schedule here.  Fort Wallace Beecher Event

Places to stay and eat for the Fort Wallace Museum Events.

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The 150th Anniversary of the formation of Forsyth Scouts and the Battle of Beecher Island will kick off its month long reenactment and reunion of descendants at Fort Harker, Kanopolis, Kansas on August 25, 2018. Then proceed to Fort Hays on Sept 1, then to Fort Wallace Sept 8 ending at the Beecher Island battle site on Sept 15 south of Wray, Colorado.  Official Program Download


New reproduction 1860 Spencer Rifle Raffle

The 2018 rifle raffle for the Fort Wallace Memorial Association is a new reproduction 1860 Spencer Carbine.  2018 marks the 150th year of  the fight on Beecher Island.  The Forsyth scouts were issued Spencer for their campaign who started their search at Fort Wallace.  Stationed at Fort Wallace was the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers who were issued the Spencer Carbine. The 10th Cavalry rescued the Scouts.

The drawing will be held in September 2018 as part of the Sesquicentennial Observances of the Beecher event.  Plans are being made for the event.  Please come back for more announcements on our website Support.
Spencer Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.
Tickets can be purchased at the Fort Wallace Museum.
Ticket buyers must meet Federal and State gun laws.

Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564

Fort Wallace Memorial Association has formed "Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum."  The Guardians is an auxiliary membership group that was formed under the non-profit Fort Wallace Memorial Association to raise money to support Museum operation and programming.  For more information please see Support.

Fort Wallace Museum has created a Rhea antique pump organ fund site.   FWMA is seeking $150,000 in funds
to build a new addition to house the Rhea collection and other community exhibits.

Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564
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Fort Wallace Memorial Association  is  501(c)3 organization set up to run the Fort Wallace Museum.
  Please contact the Museum about making a donation.
Fort Wallace Memorial will take donations through Pay Pal. .
Free admission with a suggested donation of $7 per adult.
Winter hours  [Nov.- March 15] 10 am-4 pm Thurs.- Sat. and 1 pm-4pm Sunday
Summer hours  [March 16 - Oct.] 9am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday
*Note: All times Mountain Time*

Exploring the Museums of Northwest Kansas

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The Fort Wallace Museum is the perfect place for your family to explore! The Museum will be opening its brand-new exhibit space in the Milford Becker Addition, where you can experience Fort Wallace and the Old West in a new, exciting way! Take a seat in the reproduction BOD Stagecoach, see the facades of buildings from Wallace County History and crane your neck to see a 40-foot plesiosaur fossil found in 1867! Located just east of the town of Wallace on Highway 40!