38th Annual OIW Assembly

Kansas City, Missouri

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 - Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017



“Gateway to the West”

                    Tour Director: Neil Mangum AMONG THE SITES WE WILL VISIT ARE:

Fort Osage – National Historical Landmark

Established in 1808 by William Clark, this post was once the guardian of an unexplored frontier. The fort is on both the Santa Fe Trail and the Lewis and Clark National Trails. There is extensive restoration on the existing foundations.  Web address: http://www.fortosagenhs.com/ 

The Steamboat Arabia Museum

Entombed beneath four stories of mud, this ship and its 200-ton payload yielded incredible treasures. We saw a few of them at the Heinz Museum in Pittsburg.  Now see the unbelievable cargo found in this fairytale like story. Web address: http://1856.com/

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

Rated one of the 25 best museums in the United States by Trip Advisor, this is a not to be missed experience. This is one of the finest museums in the country. Web address: https://www.theworldwar.org/ 

The Patee House Museum

Named “One of America’s Top Ten Western Museums” by True West Magazine, this museum will astound you. Inside this four-story, 1858 hotel you will find a replicated street of old St. Joe and the Pony Express Headquarters, a fully functioning Buffalo saloon, a period train – the list goes on. As if this were not enough, on the grounds you can visit the home where Jesse James was killed. Web Address: http://www.ponyexpressjessejames.com/patee/index.php 

The Pony Express National Museum

There are few tales as truly western or more romantic than the tales of the Pony Express. Learn it’s story and its place in history here. Web Address:  http://ponyexpress.org/

The National Frontier Trails Museum

Covering five of America’s great western trails, the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Pioneer Trail, this museum contains maps, authentic covered wagons, diaries, art work and interactive displays. See why Kansas City is the Gateway to the West. Web Address: http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/nftm 

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

This active military post is the home to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. It is also the home of one of the nation’s most famous prisons (no tours here!). The U.S. 10th Calvary was born here in 1866. Founded in 1827, this is the oldest active United States Army post west of Washington DC. We will tour the grounds guided by our own D.K. Clark, longtime instructor here, and visit graves of the famous personalities buried here. Of course, there is the Custer Home. We will also have dinner in the officer’s club. Web Address: http://garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/

The Frontier Army Museum 

This museum provides the visitor with a history of the Frontier Army 1804-1917. How perfect! Few places will be more to the point than the Frontier Army Museum.  Web Address: http://usacac.army.mil/organizations/cace/csi/frontier-museum 


These sites and others promise to make this assembly one of our most exciting. And yes- there will be BBQ! A flyer will be in the mail soon. Save the dates – September 14-17. You will want to be here.