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Fort Hays 150 Years Guarding the Plains 1867-2017
     This year, 2017, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Fort Hays in its present location. Also, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Rome, Hays City and Ellis County. Historic Fort Hays will be celebrating our sesquicentennial all year long with several events. All events take place at Historic Fort Hays and are free and open to the public. We invite you and your family to come and enjoy any or all of the events listed below.

January 29, 2017
     The Hancock Expedition of 1867 presented by Dr. Leo Oliva
     2:00 p.m.

February 19, 2017
     Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Hays presented by Barrie Tompkins
     2:00 p.m.

March 19, 2017
     Frontier Military Posts and the Women that Called Them Home presented by Marla Matkin
     2:00 p.m.

June 17 & 18, 2017
     "Salute to Fort Hays, 150 Years Guarding the Plains" Join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fort Hays with a weekend of history, entertainment and 19th century festivities.
     All Weekend

August 20 or 27, 2017
     Mark Eberle will present from his newly published book "Kansas Baseball 1858-1941" and we will have a Vintage Baseball game
     2:00 p.m.

September 17, 2017
     The archeology of Ellis County and local dig sites (Kraus and Billy Dixon) as well as collections from Historic Fort Hays presented by Bob Hoard, State Archeologist
     2:00 p.m.

October 28, 2017
     Graveside Conversations
     7:00 p.m.

October 29, 2017
     "Presenting Elizabeth Polly, The Blue Light Lady" presented by John Vincent and Ethel Taylor
     2:00 p.m.

Christmas Past
     December 1 & 2, 2017
     7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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