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 Great Fort Wallace and Western Kansas

1867 Exposition

Thurs.-Sun. July 6-9, 2017


The year 1867 was pivotal in Kansas history and that of the American West. A third of Kansas Counties were established that year, along with dozens of towns. With increasing white settlement, conflicts with the American Indians living on the plains escalated into all-out warfare. So many events occurred that year in Western Kansas—the Hancock Expedition, the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty, the Kidder Massacre, the Battle at Fort Wallace, and the advent of the railroad—all would change the landscape of our state.


In July 2017, the Fort Wallace Museum will host historians and reenactors who will reflect upon and interpret this incredible history. Through living history demonstrations with dozens of costumed actors and presentations by scholars in various subjects, the public will get an unforgettable glimpse into the past.


July 6 — Guided Bus Tour of the Western Vistas Historic Byway with stops in Oakley, Russell Springs, Historic Scott Lake, and the El Quartelejo Museum/Jerry Thomas Gallery in Scott City.


July 7 — Symposium Scholars include: John Monnett (The Year 1867), Chris Gabel (Railroads), Rod Beemer (Army Scouts), Mike Everhart (Kansas fossils), Leo Oliva (Fort Wallace Battle), and Mike Baughn (Indian Wars.) Sponsor/Volunteer Dinner that evening.


July 8—Re-enactor’s Encampment: From the American Indian, to trappers and buffalo hunters, to soldiers and settlers, the transformation of the West will take place before your eyes. Also, the unveiling of a major new Western artwork.


July 8—Michael Martin Murphey in concert  - a great American artist who is also a champion of Western history and lifestyle.


July 9—Memorial Service at the Fort Wallace Cemetery

            Tour of Land & Sky Scenic Byway: Kidder Massacre site, Arickaree Breaks



Authentic Crafts, Meals on Site,

Historical Experiences!

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1867 Exposition 1866 Golden Boy Raffle Michael Martin Murphey concert

The Great Fort Wallace and Western Kansas 1867 Exposition Symposium  on July 7, 2017

       Guided Bus tour of  Western Vistas Historic Byways            
 on July 6, 2017

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