Dear HASFR Members and Community Partners,

As many of you are aware, we recently learned that the HASFR Organization lost its nonprofit status due to a failure to renew back in 2021. We were just informed by the Garrison that all HASFR operations must stop until we have reinstated our nonprofit status. We are currently working with a CPA and the IRS to determine the fines and back taxes. At this point, we don’t have a timeline to provide but will send updates as we receive them.

To be compliant, HASFR will not have a booth at Apple Days. However, because apple pie and Apple Days seem to go hand in hand and everyone looks forward to the apple pie, we contacted the Fort Riley Spouses Club (FRSC) to assess their interest in taking over that fundraiser this year. FRSC had an official voting meeting last night and voted in favor of selling apple pies as their fall fundraiser. To be clear, all proceeds from the FRSC fundraising efforts will stay with the FRSC. However, if you have any interest in assisting with apple pies under FRSC, please contact Lorrin Willet, the FRSC President.

The other big events that HASFR sponsors —Ghost Tours and Tour of Homes — will be on hold as well. Should something change, we will send an update with the details. Thank you all for your willingness to serve on this year’s board. We look forward to hopefully working with you all in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Kelly Meyer

About the Historical & Archaeological Society of Fort Riley

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 and generates funds to support our local community.

Fort Riley was established in 1853 to protect people 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 were 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.

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