Gift shop opens at museum
A decorative sign is pictured in the foreground as patrons peruse the wares at A Place in History, the newly opened gift shop in the Cavalry Museum. The shop is adjusting its inventory to appeal to more Soldiers and Family members. Photo by: Julie Fiedler, POST.
Story by: Julie Fiedler
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Housed in the lobby of the Cavalry Museum, a new gift shop – A Place in History – has opened its doors. The new shop features a variety of items with the military community in mind.
"We want to gear this for the Soldier and their Families," said Robert Smith, director, Fort Riley museums; Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
Smith and Sherry Kennedy, proprietor, A Place in History, have been working to get new inventory that would be of particular interest at Fort Riley.
"We're looking at retirement gifts, mementos like that. We're looking at unit insignias, pins ... We're increasing our military books and books dealing with the equipment," Smith said. "We're going to be getting military models for any modelers out there, hobbyists."
The shop already features books, statuettes, coloring books, historic maps, mugs, T-shirts, pins, figurines, note cards and more.
"One (item) I really like that I think is the cutest thing are the (cavalry) hats for the kids," Kennedy said.
The shop also carries sabers and plans to have them available for purchase as well as rental for special events like weddings and balls.
"We should be getting Stetsons in for the Soldiers, too," Kennedy added.
Craft items by local artist Karen Baldwin are available for sale, as well as books about ghosts at Fort Riley by the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley.
"Every order we're getting something different in, whether it's a book or a painting," Kennedy said. "I'm excited because I ordered a lot of stuff."
The shop also handles special orders and can arrange for shipping.
"I try to get whatever anybody asks for," Kennedy said.
"We're real pleased and we want to get the word out to all the units that they have another opportunity in which to find things of interest," Smith added. "The museum is very happy to have this shop."
A Place in History is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and is located on the first floor of the Cavalry Museum on Main Post.
For more information, call 785-239-2743.