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Members of the Historic and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley and Teresa de la Garza, historic architect and cultural resources manager of the Department of Public Works stand with the tombstone that was repaired thanks to donations from HASFR members.  The tombstone of Mary E.E. Cummings was damaged due to natural conditions and needed repairs.  It was brought to the attention of members by de la Garza.  The members contacted Matt Murray, Department of Public Works, to start the process of preservation for the tombstone and the history it symbolized on Fort Riley.  The tombstone has been here almost since the establishment of Fort Riley.  Cumming passed away during the first of two cholera outbreaks on post.
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Robert Smith, museum director, teaches the kids about artifacts that were found around the museum, which used to be a hospital. The fifth and sixth grade students of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Ellis, Kansas, were touring Fort Riley for their field trip Nov. 4.
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Robert Smith greets students of St. Mary’s Catholic School Nov. 4 at the Cavalry Museum during their field trip.
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The tombstone of Mary E. E. Rogers, who died in a cholera epidemic on Fort Riley, will be reconstructed Nov. 6 thanks to funds donated by the members of Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley.
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First-year Army ROTC cadets pose at the Fort Riley Museum during a visit Oct. 20 as part of their Military Science class. Captains Thomas Wasner and Sam Flaming, instructors of the Kansas State University’s Army ROTC program, escorted 25 cadets for a museum tour and professional develop¬ment lecture at the U.S. Cavalry Museum.
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A lady in chains paces across Artillery Parade Field during the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley annual ghost tours Oct. 25. There have been ghost sightings of a woman in chains on Artillery Parade Field. According to legend, nobody knows why she has chains or why she is walking across the parade field.
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Marla Matkin, as Libbie Custer, speaks to audience members during her Aug. 24 performance.  She has been performing as Mrs. Custer for more than 20 years.
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The 2015 Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley Ice Cream Social was Aug. 15 at the Historic Custer House from 3 to 5 p.m.  The event included build-your-own ice cream sundaes, apple pie tasting from Libby Custer’s own recipe, historic dress and tours of the house.  Guests also previewed the 2015 American Flag Rag Quilt and could purchase tickets for the drawing which is to be held at the 2015 Fall Apple Day Festival Sept. 26.
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The main entrance of the Cavalry Museum is pictured in this undated photo. The museum is scheduled to receive major updates in 2015.
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A 1930’s trooper, symbolic of the last generation of American Cavalrymen, is on display at the U.S. Cavalry Museum.
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Retired 1st Lt. Rob Kornacki notes Comanche as one of the most interesting horses to ever aid in battle during a Nov. 17 Historical Chat series, hosted by HASFR.
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The lady in chains, a ghost legend of Fort Riley, walks across Artillery Parade Field Oct. 26 during HASFR’s Ghost Tours. She was one of many ghosts reenacted for the walking tour through historical main post.
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Ghostly children play in a park Oct. 26 during HASFR’s Ghost Tours. The children were a few of the many ghosts reenacted for the walking tour through historical main post.
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A shelf full of historical books sits on display by the fireplace ready for purchase at the museum’s gift shop.
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Military-themed signs hang on display ready for purchase at the Cavalry Museum.
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Hand-painted wooden décor sits on display ready for purchase.
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