Mission

The Frontier Army Museum collects, preserves, and safeguards material culture of the United States Army and uses its holdings to support Professional Military Education, collections-based research, the development of educational materials, and educational initiatives to inform the public concerning the history of the Frontier Army, the Combined Arms Center, and Fort Leavenworth.

Additionally, the Frontier Army Museum uses its collection and facilities to educate soldiers and Department of the Army civilians by providing venues for professional development and for public and strategic communications in support of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.

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Check out this update on the construction progress of the new National Museum of the U.S. Army, located on the grounds of Fort Belvoir. The #museum will hold approximately 15,000 pieces from the Army Art #Collection and 30,000 #artifacts, #documents, and images. #USArmy #history #construction https://armyhistory.org/about-the-museum/?gclid=CM3qyu7ev9MCFdlXDQod4ssJnQ
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From the Vault: Medal of Honor, 1875. Thomas Kelly received this Medal of Honor for gallantry in action during the Indian Wars. He was presented this award at #FortLeavenworth in April 1875. The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. #MedalofHonor #IndianWars #USArmy #History
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We want to take time to thank all of the wonderful volunteers at the Frontier Army Museum as well as throughout Fort Leavenworth. This year volunteers on post contributed over 55,000 hours of service time! This would not be possible without your service and dedication. Thank you! If you are Stationed at Fort Leavenworth please think about volunteering your time to a worthy cause. #volunteer #USArmy #volunteermonth #service
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From the Vault: Civilian children's war #games. Popular children's #toys usually reflect current issues and trends. War for example is a major issue that not only affects #military life, but civilians as well and its theme can be seen in many children's games throughout #history. Model #Battleship: c1940 #Army ABCs: 1911 Conflict: c1940 Sharp Shooter: c1900 #MilitaryChildMonth #history
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From the Vault: This 1915 Postcard is titled "Entrance to the Trenches". The trenches were used for #engineer training. #museum #HistoryFacts
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The Frontier Army Museum hosted 103 eighth-grade students from Patton Junior High School March 30. The excursion was a partial fulfillment of the #Americanhistory course research requirement to complete a #museum project assignment about the #CivilWar. Article courtesy of Fort Leavenworth Lamp #USArmy #Education http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/news/20170406/patton-students-research-at-museum
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April is #NationalVolunteerMonth. We would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers at our organization. Please take a moment and read a wonderful article in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp about one of our star volunteers Vera Samson. http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/news/20170406/lifelong-volunteer-helps-at-museum-chapel #Volunteer #Museum #History
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Today marks the 100th #anniversary of the United States’ official entrance into #WorldWarI From the Vault: "Training at Fort Leavenworth", c1916 #USWW100 #FortLeavenworth #USArmy #Remember, #Honor #Educate #WWI #ArmyHistory #WW1Centennial #OTD #ThankYou #Soldiers and #Veterans
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In April of 1959 the Frontier Army #Museum moved into its current location (100 Reynolds Ave) on #FortLeavenworth. Where was the museum located previously? From 1953-1959 it was located in building 391 which used to be a #horse stable! #history
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Check out this very interesting video on the Mexican Expedition and #WWI posted by U.S. Army Center of Military History. Remember, Honor and Educate Video courtesy the US National Archives
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From the Vault: Pencil drawing of "NEZ PERCE SQUAW" by W.C.M., William C. Manning of the US Armyy, 1878.
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Celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth by reading the biography of Alice Kirk Grierson, wife to Brigadier General Grierson. Benjamin Grierson was the commander in charge of the newly formed 10th Cavalry also known as the #BuffaloSoldiers. Biography of Alice Kirk Grierson By: Alicia Embrey and Stacey Medve Excerpt from “The Girl I Left Behind: Frontier Army Wives 1817-1917” A Frontier Army Museum Publication. Available in the museum gift shop. Alice Kirk Grierson began her life as a Frontier Army wife at the advanced age of 38. She had already endured financial loss, personal difficulties, and frequent separation from her husband and family. She would bear 7 children, 4 of whom would love to adulthood. While her life tells of great hardships, it also speaks of a woman who was tough, intrepid, and who had great strength of character. She was a woman not unlike her peers: supportive, determined, unflappable – truly a remarkable woman. Alice was born in 1828 in Youngstown, Ohio to a wealthy, devout Christian, upper-middle class family. She was the first of 13 children. In 1854 Alice married Benjamin Henry Grierson, a childhood friend who lacked the piety Alice’s father required of a son-in-law. Alice overcame her father’s objections to marry the music teacher. After serious financial reverses, Ben joined the Union army in 1861 as an unpaid aide in an Illinois Infantry Regiment. He quickly was promoted to Major then Colonel due to his uncanny leadership ability. This provided the Griersons with their first steady income. It also provided Alice with her first taste of life as an Army wife. As she raised her family alone, she became acutely aware of the rising death toll from the War of the Rebellion. After his distinguished service in the Civil War, Benjamin Grierson continued his career in the reorganized Army as Colonel with the encouragement of his wife. He assumed command of the Tenth Cavalry, a regiment of black soldiers later known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Alice began her frontier Army life in 1866 when she and her three children joined her husband at Fort Leavenworth. Although the Grierson’ stay was short, they both contributed greatly to the organization and recruitment of quality soldiers which would form the famous Tenth Cavalry. Over the next twenty years, the Griersons’ travel led throughout the western frontier. They were posted to Fort Riley, Kansas (1867), Fort Gibson, and Fort Sill, Indian Territory (1868 and 1869), Fort Concho, and Fort Davis, Texas (1875-1882). Their later assignments were all in the Arizona Territory. Except for the growing financial concerns, Alice enjoyed these assignments. Due to the advancement of the railroad, there was a wide variety of social and cultural activities. Unfortunately, financial concerns overshadowed their lives. Alice never lived to see her husband’s dream of being promoted to General come true. She died August 16, 1888 after a long-ignored illness. Twenty months later, Colonel Grierson received his promotion to Brigadier General. Alice Kirk Grierson was a supportive wife, loving mother and a friend to all those she met. General Grierson felt that his promotion was as much Alice’s achievement as his own. His success as an officer and as a man was due to Alice’s tireless efforts during their lifetime. #USArmy #Armywife #Frontier #FortLeavenworth
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From the Vault: WAC (Women's Army Corp) marching in the 125th Anniversary of #FortLeavenworth. The Women's Army Corp, or #WAC, was the women's branch of the #USArmy and that was established in July 1943. Various jobs that women held during #WWII included sheet metal workers, translators, cryptographers, radio mechanics, and many more non-combative roles. WAC was disbanded in 1978 when all female units were integrated with male units. #WomensHistoryMonth
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In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth The Frontier Army museum would like to share the biography of Harriet Lovejoy Leavenworth, Frontier Army wife of Colonel Leavenworth. Biography of Harriet Lovejoy Leavenworth by: Nancy Miller Excerpt from “The Girl I Left Behind: Frontier Army Wives 1817-1917” A Frontier Army Museum Publication. Available in the museum gift shop. Harriet Lovejoy Leavenworth began her life as an army wife the day she became the third wife of Major Henry Leavenworth. Her traveling days with the Army began the day after her wedding when she accompanied her husband and 430 men from Delaware County, New York to campaign against the British the winter of 1814-1815. In 1817 Colonel Leavenworth was sent to the Northwest Territory as an Indian Agent. Two years later, Harriet and their daughter began their frontier existence when they joined Henry in Prairie de Chien, Wisconsin and later at #FortSnelling, Minnesota. On the journey to join her husband, she and Alida traveled from New York to New Orleans then up the Mississippi to St. Louis. At St. Louis they were met by 14 Indians sent by Colonel Leavenworth to accompany his family along the last leg of the journey. For 33 days they traveled in an Indian palanquin. Harriet was the first white woman to cross though that remote wilderness. Harriet became a hostess on the frontier for visiting government officials and travelers. She added style and grace to the mundane life of the frontier. Though the Leavenworth’s time at Fort Snelling was short, Henry chose to leave a tribute to his wife. At Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lake Harriet continues to remind us of this Frontier Army Wife. In 1820 the Leavenworth left for Jefferson Barracks. Frequent separation resulted from expeditions and Indian affairs. Seven years later, Colonel Leavenworth crossed the #MissouriRiver to establish “Cantonment Leavenworth”. There is no evidence that Harriet and Alida accompanied him on the trip. Later the post was renamed Fort Leavenworth in 1832. Harriet’s life as a Frontier Army wife ended in 1834 with the untimely death of General Henry Leavenworth while he was on an expedition in Indian Territory. She and Alida returned home to live in her native New York State bringing with her the remains of her husband. General Leavenworth’s remains were later transferred to the National Cemetery at Fort Leavenworth. Alida died only 5 years after her father at the age of 24. Harriet did not follow her family in death until 1854 at the age of 63. Harriet and her daughter are both buried in Newburgh, New York. Harriet was remembered as a king and consoling nurse to the wounded and dying soldiers during the #Warof1812. Of the 420 men she accompanied the morning after her wedding only 28 survived to return home with Henry and Harriet Leavenworth. Mrs. Leavenworth also added to the quality of life for the early northwest Frontier Army. She organized entertainment to keep life pleasant. She felt responsible for the moral and educational standards for the adults as well as the children at Fort Snelling. She was only a wife and mother, she was a Frontier Army wife. #Frontier #USArmy #Armywife
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An epidemic of typhoid fever during the Spanish-American War created a need for qualified #Army #Nurses. In 1898 Congress approved the #USArmy to contract women nurses to assist with the demand. The Army realized the exemplary performance of these nurses and established the Army Nurse Corps in 1901. #womenshistorymonth #womeninthemilitary #history For more information on Women in the Army please visit: https://www.army.mil/women/history/
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BIG NEWS!! The Frontier Army Museum is featured in the March issue of Military History Monthly, published in Great Britain.
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From the Vault: 1880 women's #wedding slippers. Worn by Susan Bonapart Palmer at her wedding to Lt. Ethen Smith of the 5th Cavalry on May 17, 1880. Lt. Smith went on in his career to become a Major General.
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Join the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum for their annual Historic Homes tour Sunday April 30th from 1-6pm. This is your chance to visit some of the beautiful #historic homes located on the oldest active #Army post west of the Mississippi! For more information you can visit the Friends of the Frontier Army event post: visit the event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386667651405458/, and buy tickets at the FFAM events page: https://www.ffam.us/our-events.html #USArmy #history #museumhistory #architecture
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This Day in Army History: 14 March 1916 the Mexican Expedition, also known as the Punitive Expedition, began. #armyhistory #history #USArmy
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History

The original collection began in 1938 when the wagon shop at Fort Leavenworth closed and the horse-drawn vehicles were relocated and called the "Old Rolling Wheels Museum."

In 1960, the museum was officially recognized as an Army Museum and has continued to preserve one of the finest collections of nineteenth century military artifacts in the country.

The Fort Leavenworth gallery highlights the importance of Fort Leavenworth's role in the exploration and expansion of the nation throughout the nineteenth century as well as its continuing role in soldier education.

The museum's main gallery highlights the efforts of the Frontier Army in exploration, expansion and protection of the Trans-Mississippi West from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804) to the chase of Pancho Villa by General John Pershing (1916). The museum offers a unique look at the tools of soldiering used throughout this time period.

Plan your visit

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10-4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all Federal Holidays. Admission is FREE to the public. Donations are welcome.

Tours: For further information please email or call (913) 684-3191.

Address: 100 Reynolds Ave, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027

For access on to the post please contact the Visitor Control Center (913) 684-3600.

Enter Fort Leavenworth through the Grant Gate at the intersection of Metropolitan and 7th Street. Continue north on Grant Avenue to Reynolds Avenue. Turn right, the museum is on the left. Park in the circle drive.

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Contact the Frontier Army Museum

Phone: (913) 684-3191

Email: usarmy.leavenworth.tradoc.mbx.csi-frontier-army-museum@mail.mil

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