The Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley (HASFR) was formed with the specific intent to preserve, protect and maintain Fort Riley’s heritage. Through our historic-focused events, HASFR increases the public’s awareness of Ft. Riley’s place in history, as well as generates funds to support our local community.
Fort Riley was established in 1853 to protect people who were traveling on the Oregon-California and Santa Fe trails. After the Civil War, Fort Riley became a major Cavalry post and school for cavalry tactics and practice. During this time, George Custer was stationed at Fort Riley. Fort Riley was also home to the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, also known as the “Buffalo Soldiers,” during the late
19th and early 20th centuries. After World War II, numerous Infantry Divisions have been assigned to Fort Riley. Most notably, the post was home to the famed Big Red One from 1955-1996. Between 1999 and 2006, the post was headquarters to the 24th Infantry Division and known as “America’s Warfighting Center”. In August 2006, the Big Red One returned to Fort Riley from Leighton Barracks, Germany.
Upcoming Events & News!
2016 Quilt Opportunity Drawing
We are continuing our Quilt opportunity drawing contest this year! See below for sneak peak of what the quilt will look like. The edges have yet to be bound and it will be long arm quilted soon!
The quilt has been handcrafted by, Lisa, a HASFR board member. It is approximately 80"x80" in size and features the "Starshine" pattern.
Tickets will be available starting today through Apple Day. Tickets can be purchased at HASFR events or by contacting Lisa by emailing HASFR.Quilt@gmail.com or calling 910-494-1113.
Opportunity drawing tickets are being sold at the following prices:
1 for $1 6 for $5 or $20 for a stretch of tickets (from fingertip to fingertip when stretched across the torso)
The drawing will take place on Apple Day. The winner does NOT need to be present in order to win. A HASFR member will contact the winner on Apple Day.
2015-2016 Scholarship Awardees HASFR was so proud to present Jace Taliaferro and Jacob Forristal each with a scholarship at the Combined Scholarship Fund Award Ceremony yesterday. Through the efforts of the HASFR Members and Fort Riley community, HASFR was able to make a donation to the Combined Scholarship Fund which makes these and many other scholarships available to the young men and women of Fort Riley. Thank you to all of those who contributed numerous hours to make this possible.
Volunteering for HASFR - Volunteering for HASFR is an unique opportunity. HASFR is run solely by volunteers, thus making volunteers an invaluable resource. We need many volunteers throughout the year to makes our events successful! To inquire about and volunteer for HASFR contact hasfrvolunteering
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