Fort Riley, Kansas

 

Fort Riley Museums


U.S. Cavalry Museum

Mission Statement as approved by the Center of Military History:
"To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret those materials that are integral parts of the history and traditions of the U.S. Cavalry from 1775 to 1950. In addition, the Museum Division is responsible for exhibiting and interpreting the history of Fort Riley from its establishment to the present, to include its various schools, major commands, and community life. To support post education, training, research, and historical programs. The museum will provide educational programs and services."

Museum Information

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The Museum Division is a resource for Fort Riley soldiers and commanders to enrich awareness, understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of their unit, Fort Riley and United States Army. The Museum Division offices are located on the second floor of Building 205. To contact the museum call (785) 239-2737.

The following services are provided.

HISTORICAL SERVICES

•Assist in staff rides to Wilsons Creek, MO and Pea Ridge, AR and other sites.

•Coordinates vehicle and weapon identification classes.

•Provides historical research support.

•Provides guidance and support in accounting for unit historical property.

•Operate the Museum Division Library for on-site research.

MUSEUM SERVICES

•Operation of the U. S. Cavalry Museum, 1st Infantry Division Museum and Custer House.

•Design, construct and install unit historical exhibits (unit required to reimburse for materials).

•Programs upon request regarding Army history and heritage to include professional development classes and oral history interviews.

•Support Unit Events (i.e. Dining-ins; loan of display panels, easels).

•Provide color guard uniforms for ceremonial events.
If you are interested in renting the Custer House Side B for your next event or function please call (785) 239-2737 for more information.

HASFR members $25

Non-members $35

Plus a Refundable Deposit of $50.





Arcadia Publishing has released a pictorial history of Fort Riley. The book features over 150 photographs, covering the history of the post from its establishment in 1853 to the present day. Most of the photographs are drawn from the U. S. Cavalry Museum collection.

Chapter headings cover the frontier post, the golden years of the cavalry, the Great War and Camp Funston, the interwar years, World War II, containment and peacekeeping, sports and famous personalities.

The book is part of Arcadia's Images of America series which celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.

The book was co-authored by Mr. William McKale, Director of the Museum Division at Fort Riley, and Dr. Robert Smith, Museum Archivist.

The book, which retails for $19.99 plus tax, is available at Custer's Cottage, located in Bldg. 205 (the U. S. Cavalry Museum). For more information call (785) 239-2743.




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