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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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