What do General George Armstrong Custer, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok have in common? They were all at Fort Hays in its early years. They will all be returning to Fort Hays on June 17th and 18th to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fort Hays in its present location. General Custer, his wife Libbie, and a cast of living historians welcome you to our “Salute to Fort Hays, 150 Years Guarding the Plains.”

Numerous presentations and activities are scheduled for both days. Through a series of programs visitors will be able to learn more about the various historical figures portrayed at our celebration. Saturday's programs will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., concluding with an amateur theatrical performance. On Sunday, the programs run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting with an old-fashioned church service.

Other entertainment includes presentations by the Fort Larned Artillery, Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers, Kansas Brigade Band, and many others. Tour our living history encampment and learn more about life at Fort Hays in its early years.

Also, we will have carriage and wagon rides, old time photographs, children's games and a 4-H food booth.

This event is free and open to the public.

We hope your schedule will allow you to attend and to join with us in celebrating this historic milestone.

Fort Hays State Historic Site is located four miles south of I-70 exit 157 at Hays. For more information contact Fort Hays State Historic Site, 1472 Highway 183 Alt., Hays, KS 67601-9212: 785-625-6812 .