Exhibit programs

A host of complementary programs are designed by Flint Hills Discovery Center staff to accompany the Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One exhibit. Nov. 4 special event, Canteen & Cocktails: A Night in the 1940s is the highlight, along with Veteran's Day observation on Nov. 10, with free admission to all veterans, military and families.

Doc Harwood visits Fort Riley and recalls Big Red One experiences in WWII

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 16 
Star-Spangled Saturday: Put your patriotism on full display for this Day of Patriotism with hands-on activities and special demonstrations. Every age can partake and find enjoyment in the pomp! Taste an MRE (meal ready-to-eat), learn precise flag etiquette, see military vehicles and more!

Sept. 21 
Fort Riley Focus on the Environment: Environmental stewardship is a central part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers standards, and Fort Riley's team of experts strive for the same level of commitment to ensure compliance with United States’ environmental mandates.

Exhibit lectures

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OCTOBER

Oct. 5 
73 Years of Service; U.S. Army Veterans Panel Discussion: Four generations of Army soldiers share their stories and experiences of service to the country. Moderator De. Robert Smith leads the panel discussion. Smith is director of the Fort Riley Museums.

Oct. 5 
Whatever Happened to Jim Sharp film screening: Locally produced biographical film highlights Jim Sharp’s World War II service, and his unique experiences at Sergeant of the Guard at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.

Oct. 7 
Historic POW Camp and Atlas E Missile Site: Travel to nearby Alma and see artifacts from WWII German POW Camp at Lake Wabaunsee. Plus, special guided tour of converted Atlas E nuclear missile site. (Bus trip to Alma, Wabaunsee County Historical Museum).

Oct. 19 
Tales and Recipes from Fort Riley’s Historic Community Cookbooks: Jane Marshall taught food writing and food history at K-State, and she explores the role cookbooks play to appreciate the role of diverse military family.

Oct. 28 
Eisenhower Library, Museum and Boyhood Home (Abilene bus trip): Special Tallgrass Tour Bus to Dwight Eisenhower’s boyhood home and extensive museum galleries, with exclusive look at historic artifacts from Ike’s WWII service and oversight of 1st Infantry Division. Lunch buffet from Brookville Hotel included.

Tallgrass Tour Bus trips

NOVEMBER

Nov. 2 
Enemy Among Us; German POWs in Flint Hills: Fascinating story of German POWs sent to far corners of Kansas, and farmers/ranchers who abruptly found the enemy in their own backyard. Presented by Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Lowell May.

Nov. 4
Special event, Canteen & Cocktails; A Night in the 1940s: Dashing night of music, dancing, food and fun with live music from Wakim Jazz Quartet and the era's greatest, swinging hits. A special evening of events, with dance instruction on the jitterbug and Charleston. Cash bar with period cocktails, dessert bar and FHDC exhibits. Registration by 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

Nov. 16 
Outfitting an Army for War: The U.S. entry to WWII expanded service members from 175,000 (WWI-designed gear) to 11 million. This explosive growth necessitated re-evaluation of production support.