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Fort Riley Museums Hosts a National Steam Car Association Tour

On May 22, 2013, the Fort Riley Museums hosted a tour by the National Steam Car Association, which chose Fort Riley as one of its destinations as they toured the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. The 14 participating cars, all original, were built between 1898 and 1925 and are powered by steam engines. The car collectors were given a tour of the museums while their vehicles, parked outside, drew large crowds of the curious and car enthusiasts.

On June 15, 2013, Fort Riley was the site of a state-wide event "The Symphony in the Flint Hills," a daylong event of education and music. In the afternoon, lectures were presented on the history of Fort Riley and the Army. In addition to the lectures, there were tours of the Fort Riley Regimental Museum, the U.S. Army Cavalry Museum, Custer House – the oldest officer family quarters on post – historic Main Post, St. Mary's Chapel – the first stone church in Kansas – and the Commanding General's Quarters. More than 2,000 people visited the Fort Riley Museums. In the evening, the Kansas City Symphony played to an audience of nearly 5,000. The concert was covered by all of the local T.V stations, including those in the Kansas City area, as well as the print press. Below are photographs of the afternoon activities outside the Cavalry Museum and Custer House.

The Fort Riley Regimental Museum began as the 1st Infantry Division Museum (a unit museum) but has come to represent the many Army units that have served at Fort Riley (an installation museum). The U.S. Army Cavalry Museum, educates Soldiers and the public about a single branch of service (branch museum). Although divided among 62 museums and two large storage facilities, the U.S. Army Art and Artifact Collection is a single collection administered by the U.S. Army Center of Military History, which also provides curatorial and support services, policy directives, and an integrated, system-wide database.

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The interior of one of the 14 steam-powered cars that visited Fort Riley.


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A participant in World War I period uniform observes one of the "steamers."


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Museum tours drew more than 2,000 visitors.


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The Stanley Steamer is perhaps the best known of America's steam-powered automobiles. This 1916 model could go as far as 50 miles on 24 gallons of water.


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