2nd Annual Mid-Kansas Indian Wars Rendezvous

Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers Ride Again

The Second Annual Mid-Kansas Indian Wars Rendezvous Opens Saturday August 24th

By Ken Bell

In the late afternoon and early evening hours of Friday August 23rd, a series of caravans will arrive in Riggs Park and a variety of encampments reminiscent of the 19th century will begin to appear. It's time again for the Buffalo Soldiers and dozens of other Old West re-enactors to recreate a vivid reminder of American history right here in Haysville: the 2nd Annual Mid-Kansas Indian Wars Rendezvous, sponsored by the Buffalo Soldiers Association of Wichita and the Haysville Community Library.

An exciting re-enactment of colorful scenes from our history, the rendezvous is free and open to members of the public. A variety of participatory events, handicrafts and mementos will be available in exchange for inexpensive tickets. Members of the public are encouraged to appear in period dress, if they so desire, and join in the fun. It's an opportunity you don't want to miss.

But, of course, for many of us, this raises the question of just who the Buffalo Soldiers were, and what role they played in the history of the American West.

In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, a newly reunited nation turned its eyes westward toward the great American frontier.

Two extraordinary initiatives of the Lincoln administration accelerated this mass settlement, which had been retarded, but never stopped, by the great conflict now past: the construction of a continental railroad linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, now underway and soon to be completed; and the Homestead Act. These powerful incentives induced thousands of the displaced and aspiring to begin a westward trek toward the Kansas frontier and beyond.

But the Great Plains, though immense and stretching from Canada southward to Texas, were not an empty vacuum. They were sparsely populated by indigenous peoples with their own culture and priorities. These natives would at times strenuously resist the expansion of the American nation, only to succumb to superior technology and overwhelming numbers.

An integral part of the remarkable history of this great struggle, of the victories and defeats, of the sufferings endured, and ultimately of the nation that we have become, is the story of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Founded on September 22, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the 10th regiment of the US Cavalry, along with its sister regiment, the 9th US Cavalry, were the first all-black peacetime regiments of the US Army. Initially commanded by Colonel Benjamin Grierson - leader of the single most important and successful cavalry raid of the Civil War -- the Buffalo Soldiers were engaged throughout the course of the Indian Wars, fought with Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan Hill in the Spanish American War, rode with "Blackjack" Pershing on his Mexican Expedition again Pancho Villa, even fighting in the famed "Johnson County War" in Wyoming.

Over the course of the Indian Wars, thirteen enlisted men and six officers among the Buffalo Soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor. Five more Buffalo Soldiers earned the Medal of Honor during the Spanish American War.

On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, the last of the Buffalo Soldiers, died at the age of 111. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Want to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers and our Western heritage? Come to Riggs Park on Saturday August 24th for a day of fun, festivities and enlightenment. There will also be a church service that will be held on August 25th at 10:00 am.

The 2nd Annual Mid-Kansas Indian Wars Rendezvous offers Buffalo Soldiers, handicrafts, nineteenth century games, buggy rides, cavalry maneuvers, chuckwagon meals, historical re-enactors, dancers and much, much more. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Sponsorships are also available for both individuals and businesses. For details, visit or call the Haysville Community Library at 316-524-5242.

Sponsorship

The Annual rendezvous raises funds for the sponsoring organizations:

  • The Buffalo Soldiers participate in parades, rendezvous, and other events in an effort to educate the public on the contributions African Americans made in shaping this great country.
  • The Haysville Community Library is a very valuable resource for the Haysville Community.
Sponsorship Ranks

The rendezvous invites all ages and cultures to share their history with the public. When the history of our country is told from multiple perspectives, we may begin to understand who we are as a people and what our country means.

We are looking for businesses and individuals to help sponsor the event by contributing funds for advertising, prizes, food that will be served to the public and re-enactors. For this event to become a big part of the Haysville community, we need your help. Would you please consider becoming a sponsor for this year's rendezvous? It will be held at Riggs Park in Haysville, KS, on August 24th with a church service held on August 25th at 10:00 am.

Sponsorship Form

If you would like to sponsor the event, simply fill out the form below and mail it in or bring it to the Haysville Community Library.

Sponsorship form

Events


Events

Saturday

  •   8:45 am Open to the Public
  •   9:00 am Flag Raising Ceremony - Haysville Girl & Boy                Scouts
  •   9:15 am Buffalo Solider History - Trooper Jay Clark
                   Buffalo Bill Story - Randy Edens
  •   9:45 am Corsetiere Dress - Marti McCartney
                   Native American Scout Story - Brad McCaffree
  • 10:15 am Native American Dancing - Art & Company
  • 10:45 am Cowskin Creek Camper Cooking - Rachel White
  • 11:15 am Cowboy Show - Cowtown Cowboys
  • 12:00 pm Conway's Chuck Wagon Lunch - John & Becky
  •   1:00 pm Quick Draw Shoot Out - Cowtown Cowboys
  • 2:00 pm Buffalo Soldier History - Trooper Jay Clark
                 Buffalo Bill Story - Randy Edens
  • 2:30 pm Corsetiere Dress - Marti McCartney
                 Native American Scout Story - Brad              McCaffree
  • 3:00 pm Native American Dancing - Art & Company
  • 3:30 pm Cowskin Creek Camper Cooking - Rachel               White
  • 4:15 pm Cowboy Show - Cowtown Cowboys
  • 5:00 pm Closing Ceremony - Nicodemus Buffalo               Soldiers & Haysvile Girl & Boy Scouts


Saturday Special Evening Events

  • 6:00 pm 50s & 60s Music - JC Cowen & Company
  • 8:00 pm Indian Wars Rendezvous Ball
                 Dance on the green at Riggs Park! This event is sponsored by the Buffalo Soldiers Association of              Wichita, the Haysville Community Library and the Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society

Sunday

  • 10:00 am Open to the Public
  • 10:30 am Worship Service - Buffalo Soldier Association & Friends
  • 11:30 am Award Ceremony

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