Bugle Notes - 1860 Spencer Carbine & Guardians of Ft Wallace


 The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is excited to launch a new venture for 2018! Our organization is starting a new “Fundraising Arm” of the original private non-profit called “The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum.” This new annual membership program is similar to many “Friends of the Museum” groups that help raise money for museums and historical associations. 

The Fort Wallace Museum has undertaken many projects over the past few years - the renovation of the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church, the new North Exhibit Addition and the blowout 1867 Exposition included - that were made possible by the large bequest by local farmer Milford Becker. The Memorial Association Board has put aside the last of this bequest as a type of endowment for the future; but many opportunities await for the future. After a lot of discussion and committee work, it is felt that a “Friends” arm of the Museum would give opportunity for interested folks to support future projects. 

You can join the Guardians of the Fort Wallace at varying levels, starting at $25 for a Single annual membership, $50 for a Family all the way up to a Corporate Membership of $1000. There are corresponding benefits for each level - All members will receive a quarterly newsletter and will be invited to the annual Guardian Fundraiser Banquet, this year set for Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Museum. Other benefits include an official 2018 Challenge Coin, which will honor the participation of the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers in the rescue of Forsyth’s Scouts from the Battle of Beecher Island, as well as special recognition and advertising. Your memberships will go far in helping support operational costs, especially our staff wages, printing and promotional costs and future re-enactment events. 

We have a special mailing being prepared with the first newsletter, Guardians Member Information and registration forms; let us know if you would like to be on our mailing list to look at these materials by calling 785.891.3564 or emailing us at museum@ ftwallace.com. They will also be available at the Fort Wallace Museum next week and we expect them to be available for download on our website at www.ftwallace.com. Look for more about the Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum coming in future Bugle Notes!

We have kicked off another Gun Raffle as well! This year’s commemorative firearm being offered is a reproduction 1860 Spencer Carbine, as would have been used by Scouts and Troops at the 1868 Battle of Beecher Island near Wray, Colorado; 2018 marks the sesquicentennial of this famous conflict between Forsyth’s Scouts and the Plains tribes. Raffle tickets cost one for $10 and 3 for $25 and may be purchased at the Fort Wallace Museum or from FWMA Board Members in the near future. The raffle drawing will be held as part of the activities of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Beecher Island in Sept, 2018. 

Also, the Museum is going to adjust Winter Hours for the first three months of 2018. The Board has made the decision to close Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during January, February and March. Please let us know if this closing affects you and your plans, so that we may evaluate future museum operating schedules. This could be critical during Spring Break time this March, so please do offer feedback! Hours will be Thursday - Saturday 10-4 pm MT, Sunday 1-4 MT. Thanks for your support of the Fort Wallace Museum!!


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