Are you ready to ring in the Christmas Season? Come join us in Wallace this Sunday at 5 pm MST for a special Candlelight Christmas service at the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church! The traditional service with Swedish influence will be joined with the sounds of the men’s ac cappella quartet “Uncalled 4”, whose tenor is Bruce Bandy, former Sharon Springs resident. Following the service, there will be a Christmas social in the main Museum, and a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick himself! Please bring a finger food to share at this potluck reception!
2018 quickly approaches, along with more sesquicentennial observances! Did you know that Wallace County will be officially 150 years old this coming year? On August 25, 1868, Governor Samuel J. Crawford signed a proclamation of the formation of Wallace County, Kansas designating Pond City as the temporary county seat and naming the following officers: County clerk, Welcome Hughes; justice of the peace, John Whiteford; commissioners, W. L. Todd, Richard McClure and Richard Blake. The next 20 years would bring great confusion and controversy over the county’s system of government; the location of the county seat would not be settled until a series of Kansas Supreme Court rulings were made in 1888, placing the seat in Sharon Springs.
Also, planning is underway for a series of events commemorating the Battle of Beecher Island, a singular event in Western US History that took place in September of 1868. These plans are being made with those associated with Fort Harker, Fort Hays, and with the Wray Museum and Beecher Island Memorial Association. Look for more to come about August -September of 2018!
Did you know that the Museum retail area has really interesting books on local history? These make wonderful gifts for Wallace County family members! Also, we still have several FWMA 1867 commemorative coins available at $10 apiece. These are ideal stocking stuffers and are easily mailed to folks who live far away! Come check out our unique offerings!
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... [More]
The Fort Wallace Memorial Association was honored this past December 16 at the Light Up Wallace County event with a Community Vision Award from the Wallace County Foundation. We really appreciate this recognition of the efforts put in this past year on the new Milford Becker... [More]
One ongoing project undertaken this fall by the Fort Wallace Memorial Association is planning for a new home for the Rhea Pump Organ Collection. These 55-plus pump and reed organs were donated to the Fort Wallace Museum, but are currently in storage until a permanent home can... [More]
Even though the peak travel season is behind us, we are still having several visitors a day into the Museum! And there are several events planned for this winter! Make plans to join us at the Museum for a very special Christmas observance and party on Sunday, December 10 at... [More]
We here at the Fort Wallace Museum enjoyed a weekend of learning more about antique weaponry, as well as some delicious food and fellowship! Although noted expert Greg Higginbotham was unable to make the drive from Independence, Missouri, due to serious illness, the “show... [More]
Are you all "fired up" for the fundraising event this Sunday? The "Hands-On History" shooting event will begin promptly at 3 PM MT on the north grounds of the Fort Wallace Museum; come for your chance to handle 19th century firearms, including Henry carbines, trapdoor rifles... [More]
Callahan Grund has had an amazing season as a member of the Kansas State University Livestock Judging Team. This fall the team attended the Flint Hills Mid-America Classic in Hutchison, where the team brought home the Reserve Champion... [More]
Kansas is experiencing increased influenza cases in most regions of the state. Influenza surveillance conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment indicates that flu infections are rising in Kansas. Specimens tested have been positive for both Influenza... [More]
Live from Branson, Missouri, join the stars of Forever Young as they bring you on a journey through the best eras of modern music. Featuring a talented troupe of singers and performers, this show is sure to dazzle and impress. Bringing back a nostalgic feel reminiscent of garage... [More]
Children have incredible imaginations and what better way to foster that imagination, than for them to write their own stories. We would like to invite you to join Smoky Hills Public Television as we encourage children in central and western... [More]
Smoky Hills Public Television’s Family Fun Day will return to Hays next month. This free event will be held at Big Creek Crossing February 10 from 10am to 1pm. During the event, children will be able to take a picture with Clifford. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.... [More]
Thanks to all of the donors -- individuals, civic and other nonprofit groups, businesses, and nonresidents with ties to Wallace County -- the Wallace County Foundation will be able to capture the Dane G. Hansen Foundation $50,000 in matching funds for the endowment.... [More]
Pioneer Communications will provide over $14,000 in local scholarships to high school students in southwest Kansas communities. Six Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarships worth $1,500 each will be awarded to area seniors within Pioneer Communications’... [More]
Wallace County was represented this past weekend at the big Denver Sportsman’s Expo at the Colorado Convention Center! The Northwest Kansas Travel Council (a coalition of 19 NW Kansas Counties) has participated in this dynamic event for many years, and we always find Coloradans... [More]
Look for your Wallace County Visitors Bureau to have a busy 2018! We are gearing up to send Wallace County representation once more to the Denver International Sportsmen’s Expo, which will be held Jan. 11-14, 2018 at the Colorado Convention... [More]
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