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Fort Douglas Military Museum

Fort Douglas Military Museum Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from Fort Douglas Military Museum, History Museum, 32 Potter Street, Salt Lake City, UT.

The mission of the Fort Douglas Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Fort Douglas and its impact on the history of Utah and the adjacent Western states.

Operating as usual

The museum is closed today. We would to wish you all a safe and happy time in your new year festivities!
12/31/2022

The museum is closed today.

We would to wish you all a safe and happy time in your new year festivities!

Yeah us! The Museum congratulates to our natural resources team for their diligence and passion for history, preservatio...
12/28/2022

Yeah us! The Museum congratulates to our natural resources team for their diligence and passion for history, preservation and telling the stories of Utah’s military. Kudos, all.

Standing at the right place, at the right time, looking up to Admiral Dumke. What have been your treasured moments at Fo...
12/22/2022

Standing at the right place, at the right time, looking up to Admiral Dumke.

What have been your treasured moments at Fort Douglas?

The Museum will be open our regular hours: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm today through Friday, for all your Utah Military History t...
12/20/2022

The Museum will be open our regular hours: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm today through Friday, for all your Utah Military History treasure viewing needs.

We will be closed on Saturday, December 24th.

If you took a picture with Santa last Saturday (17th) send them our way!

If not, we have our little Santa whose always ready for a picture!

Photos from Fort Douglas Military Museum's post
12/20/2022

Photos from Fort Douglas Military Museum's post

The magic of Christmas has come to the Museum. Santa will be here Saturday, Dec. 17, 12-4 p.m. Come up, sit on the jolly...
12/14/2022

The magic of Christmas has come to the Museum. Santa will be here Saturday, Dec. 17, 12-4 p.m. Come up, sit on the jolly Old Elf's lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. We've hoping for Peace on Earth and a candy cane or two.

We belong to an amazing group of people. Happy birthday to us!
12/14/2022

We belong to an amazing group of people. Happy birthday to us!

Today, we celebrate our and in all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia, who have served proudly and distinctively in every major conflict our nation has faced. These brave men and women embody the values and ideals on which our country was founded.

General Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, said all Guard members, past and present, are united by an oath to the Constitution, a love of our country and state, and a willingness to sacrifice for something greater than themselves.

“From the founding of our Nation to today,” he said, “we are grateful to the National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, and all service members, who answered the call to serve. They represent a proud patriotic tradition.”

National Guard!

Wreaths Across America10 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022Remember. Honor. Learn.Volunteering at the Wreaths Across Ameri...
12/01/2022

Wreaths Across America
10 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022

Remember. Honor. Learn.
Volunteering at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Fort Douglas Post. The US Naval Sea Cadets Maj. Brent R. Taylor Battalion is supporting this event.

Program highlights include:
10 a.m. Program at the Post Theater
(245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT)
11 a.m. Laying of wreaths at Post Cemetery
(405 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, UT)
https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/19222/Overview/?relatedId=0

Timeline photos
11/10/2022

Timeline photos

One thing is certain - wherever Marines are called, they will fight and win - today, tomorrow, and into the future. Happy 247th Birthday, Marines!
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(U.S. Air Force graphic by David Perry)

Join us in honoring our Veterans and Military. We look forward to seeing you. Enjoy!
11/02/2022

Join us in honoring our Veterans and Military. We look forward to seeing you. Enjoy!

Announcing the Utah National Guard's 67th annual Veterans Day Concert, 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 2022, at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

The concert will feature the 23rd Army Band and a combined choir from the Granite School District. This entertaining event is open to the public, seating is first-come, first-served, unfortunately no overflow is available this year.

This event will be live-streamed on Facebook Utah National Guard.

Granite School District
Utah PTA

On this day 26 October 1862, Order No. 14 was issued by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor, which officially established Camp...
10/26/2022

On this day 26 October 1862,

Order No. 14 was issued by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor, which officially established Camp Douglas. Named to honor the late Senator Stephen A. Douglas, at the suggestion of President Lincoln.

The California-Nevada volunteers had official orders to protect the Overland Mail Route between Carson, Nevada and Fort Laramie in the Wyoming Territory. They also, unofficially, kept an eye on the Union loyalty of citizens in Utah Territory.

Originally ordered back to Camp Floyd, or Camp Crittenden at the time, Colonel Connor found a more advantageous location by the foothills overlooking Salt Lake City. The troops made a temporary camp near the location of the present Post Cemetery, but soon moved their camp to the are of the present-day parade grounds.

Join us in wishing Fort Douglas a Happy 160th Birthday!

By way of celebration, visit the Fort Douglas Military Museum Monday-Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm, take a walk around the historic Fort Douglas district, join us this Saturday for our Cemetery Post Tour, take a moment to remember all those who served at Fort Douglas and who served in our armed forces. Write down your memories of Fort Douglas and send them to us, thank a veteran, and keep preserving the history of Fort Douglas!

The Museum honors those Utahns that have served in the armed forces defending freedom. Salute!
10/26/2022

The Museum honors those Utahns that have served in the armed forces defending freedom. Salute!

On this National Day of the Deployed, we remember our service members serving deployments and on assignment across the world. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice in defense of our nation and its people.

Happy birthday to our Navy brothers and sisters. 247 years of services.
10/13/2022

Happy birthday to our Navy brothers and sisters. 247 years of services.

Happy 247th Birthday to the U.S. Navy! Today we remember the brave men and women of the Navy for their service in defense of our nation and freedoms.

Hey all Museum followers. Tonight Director Beau Burgess will be giving a presentation of Fort Douglas and founder Patric...
10/11/2022

Hey all Museum followers.
Tonight Director Beau Burgess will be giving a presentation of Fort Douglas and founder Patrick Conner as part of the Whitaker Museum's "Keeping Our Stories Alive" series. Come visit with us and hopefully learn something new.
7 p.m., October 11, 2022, Whitaker Museum, 250 N. Main, Centerville City Hall

To all our Gold Star Families, salute to the love and sacrifices you’ve shown for all.
09/25/2022

To all our Gold Star Families, salute to the love and sacrifices you’ve shown for all.

Today, on Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, the Utah National Guard honors the incredible sacrifice of all mothers, wives, and families of our fallen.

This special day recognizes the service and sacrifice that all Gold Star Family members make when a loved one dies while serving the United States Armed Forces.

Please take some time today to appreciate our Gold Star Mothers and Families for their sacrifice.

Today we’ve got WWII soldiers showcasing the legendary 104th Timberwolves and Civil War women sharing their stories of t...
09/24/2022

Today we’ve got WWII soldiers showcasing the legendary 104th Timberwolves and Civil War women sharing their stories of the West.
Museum’s open 12-5pm. Come up and mingle …

Fort Douglas Military Museum is hosting the annual National Reunion for the legendary 104th Division Timberwolves. We in...
09/23/2022

Fort Douglas Military Museum is hosting the annual National Reunion for the legendary 104th Division Timberwolves. We invite the public to learn more about this unit founded at the Fort.

Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24

Come up to view displays, exhibits and an encampment by the Utah Living History Group. And chat with members of the National Timberwolf Pups Association.

09/18/2022

Happy 75th birthday, U.S. Air Force! Since Sept. 18, 1947, the U.S. Air Force has held true to its motto, “To fly, fight, and win… airpower anytime, anywhere.” Thank you, active-duty and Veteran Airmen, for your service.

Keep all in your prayers.
09/17/2022

Keep all in your prayers.

Today we remember and honor the countless men and women taken prisoner and those missing in action in service of our people and nation. Their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families; will forever invoke reverence, gratitude and inspiration.

If you are struggling, reach out. You are not alone. We stand together.
09/10/2022

If you are struggling, reach out. You are not alone. We stand together.

Today is World Su***de Prevention Day.

Please remember you are not alone.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk with, the UTNG Safe app can put you in contact with licensed mental health professional and is available 24/7. The app is for Utah National Guard members, civilian personnel, and their families, and is always confidential. Download the app today!

08/07/2022

George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit,” now known as the Purple Heart, 240 years ago, making it the oldest U.S. military award. Today, we honor Purple Heart recipients and their loved ones for their service and sacrifice.

Often referred to as the “Forgotten War” because it was not a resolved conflict and because it was squeezed between two ...
07/27/2022

Often referred to as the “Forgotten War” because it was not a resolved conflict and because it was squeezed between two larger wars. But at the Museum we want our Korean Veterans we will never forget the sacrifices of our hometown boys.

On this day in 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. Today we remember and thank those who served and sacrificed, including the nearly 9,000 Korean War Veterans that call Utah home.

We enjoy being part of the Guard family. Celebrate that Pioneering Spirit.
07/24/2022

We enjoy being part of the Guard family. Celebrate that Pioneering Spirit.

Happy Pioneer Day!

Accolades to Wendy, her staff, teachers and most important to the students who have all learned the importance of lookin...
07/03/2022
Opinion: What our children are learning from history

Accolades to Wendy, her staff, teachers and most important to the students who have all learned the importance of looking back at our history so we can move forward. The Museum continues to be a partner and advocate for Utah History Day. Salute!

National History Day has helped students in middle schools and high schools around the country discover the value of the past.

The Museum has been actively involved with this amazing program. We've nominated veterans from WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Co...
06/28/2022

The Museum has been actively involved with this amazing program. We've nominated veterans from WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Cold, Gulf wars and Global War on Terror. Know that each veteran has an honorable and compelling story -- take the time to share your veteran and their story. We're listening.

Do you know a veteran who you think should be recognized for their military service? Now is your chance to show your appreciation.

Each year, the University of Utah Veterans Day Committee selects 11 veterans to be honored based on noteworthy honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation. Nominations are accepted for individuals living in Utah who served or serve in the U.S. Army, National Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard; on active duty or the reserves. Nominees do not need to be alumni of the university.

Follow the link for more information on how you can nominate a veteran.

https://veteransday.utah.edu/

Reach out to someone who you know suffers with PTSD and let them know they are not alone. Take the time to care, share a...
06/27/2022

Reach out to someone who you know suffers with PTSD and let them know they are not alone. Take the time to care, share and be there. It makes a difference.

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. If you or someone you know is struggling, please do not hesitate to reach out. Find resources at https://veterans.utah.gov/healthcare/

To all our Dads thank you for all you do.
06/19/2022

To all our Dads thank you for all you do.

Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere and especially those who serve in the Utah National Guard. Thank you for your service and sacrifice and we hope you have a wonderful day!

06/14/2022
Women Veterans Day 2022

June 12 is recognized as Women Veterans Day. It is the day President Eisenhower signed legislation to allow women to serve in the Armed Forces. Utah has joined a number of states honoring our women veterans. The Museum adds their well wishes.

Rise and shine. Look tall. It's Flag Day.
06/14/2022

Rise and shine. Look tall. It's Flag Day.

Today is !

The United States commemorates Flag Day annually on June 14, the date when the design of our first flag was officially adopted by the Continental Congress.

Learn about Utah's Buffalo Soldiers that were stationed at Fort Douglas in this program on Utah's PBS station. The Museu...
06/09/2022
Roots, Race & Culture: Buffalo Soldiers (PBS UTAH HD - 7:00pm - Thursday, June 9, 2022)

Learn about Utah's Buffalo Soldiers that were stationed at Fort Douglas in this program on Utah's PBS station. The Museum was instrumental in preserving this history and in the sharing of their stories. Let us know what you think ...

Long before Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldiers — Black Americans who served on the Western frontier during the Civil War — were changing the face of the American West. We explore the uplifting, courageous, and inspiring story of Utah’s Buffalo Soldiers. Historians Fiona Robinson and Robert Burch she...

Come up to the Museum and get dirty with a hands-on activity in discovering history this coming Saturday. We’re looking ...
06/08/2022
Fort Douglas Screening

Come up to the Museum and get dirty with a hands-on activity in discovering history this coming Saturday. We’re looking for something interesting…

Come screen dirt for artifacts with archaeologists at Fort Douglas.

Salute.
06/06/2022

Salute.

On this day in 1944, Allied forces breached the German defenses along the Normandy coastline in France which would eventually lead to the liberation of Europe from the N**i regime and end WWII. Today, 78 years later, we remember the courage and sacrifice of those that stormed the beach on the D-Day invasion and delivered Europe from tyranny.

05/30/2022

Today, take a moment to remember and honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and this great country. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice.

On Memorial Day at the Fort Douglas Post Cemetery, the Utah Chapter of AUSA will host a small ceremony with a wreath lay...
05/27/2022

On Memorial Day at the Fort Douglas Post Cemetery, the Utah Chapter of AUSA will host a small ceremony with a wreath laying and comments at 10 a.m.

The National Moment of Remembrance resolution asks for all Americans to voluntarily and informally observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time.

To find a ceremony near you, please visit the UDVMA at veterans.utah.gov/events/memorial-day-events-2022/

Today is International Museum Day. We're part of the world, come and discover something new in your world. The Museum is...
05/18/2022

Today is International Museum Day. We're part of the world, come and discover something new in your world. The Museum is open today, noon to 5 p.m.

The world knew him first and honored him, it is so appropriate that our hometown hero is being recognized for his great ...
05/18/2022
Provo Veterans Center soon to be renamed for ‘Candy Bomber’

The world knew him first and honored him, it is so appropriate that our hometown hero is being recognized for his great and humble way of life. Now others will know him too.

The Provo Veterans Center will soon be renamed to honor the late Gail S. Halvorsen, affectionately know as the “Candy Bomber.”

Fort Douglas Military Museum is up next. Bring your objects of war and share them with us. We're recording artifacts' st...
05/11/2022

Fort Douglas Military Museum is up next. Bring your objects of war and share them with us. We're recording artifacts' stories from 10am-2pm Saturday, May 14. We're looking forward to chatting.

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32 Potter Street
Salt Lake City, UT
84113

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General information

The mission of the Fort Douglas Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Fort Douglas and its impact on the history of Utah and the adjacent Western states. Admission is FREE

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12pm - 5pm
Wednesday 12pm - 5pm
Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(801) 581-1251

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After the Civil War began in 1861 it was necessary to recall regular troops from frontier duty for action against the South, leaving the overland mail route to California unguarded from attack by hostile Indians. President Lincoln called for volunteers, and Patrick E. Connor was appointed Colonel (Brevet Major General) of the Third California Volunteer Infantry. Colonel Connor was directed to establish a post near Salt Lake City, both to protect the overland mail route and to keep an eye on the Mormons.

Camp Douglas (Fort Douglas) was established on 26 October 1862; it was named after the late Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois. Winter was approaching and dugouts were quickly built. The next summer log buildings were erected. The post was rebuilt of red sandstone in 1873–76 and the existing brick buildings were built in the early 1900s.

The first major Indian engagement for the troops was the Battle of Bear River in Idaho on 28 January 1863. A band of Shoshoni Indians were almost annihilated, nearly three hundred Indians were killed, while twenty-three soldiers were killed or died later. The volunteers were discharged by 1866 and were replaced by regulars from the 18th Infantry.

Rails were joined at Promontory, Utah, in 1869 permitting rapid deployment of the local troops. Fort Douglas units participated in the northern plains campaigns of the 1860s and 1870s and in the Sioux War of 1890. During the Spanish-American War of 1898, the 24th Infantry, a Black regiment stationed at Fort Douglas, fought gallantly in Cuba.

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It was an honor to attend this month's SLC Chamber Military Affairs Committee Meeting this morning at the historic Fort Douglas Military Museum, one of our Blue Star Museum Partners! If you haven't visited the museum you are missing out on so much history to explore, and admission is free! Check them out Tuesday through Saturday from 12 - 5 PM.
Come see Reenactress Documentary director J.R. Hardman speak about Women Soldiers in the Civil War tomorrow at Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City, UT!

The event is from 12pm-4pm, and J.R.'s talk is at 2:30pm!

Two weeks from today, on Saturday, September 24th from noon-4pm, Fort Douglas Military Museum will be hosting Civil War Day 1862, commemorating 160 years of Fort Douglas.

There will also be a series of talks beginning at 1:00pm about the impact of the Civil War in Utah and beyond including:
-- Museum Director Beau Bridges on "The Founding of Fort Douglas";
-- Historian Michelle Frasch Tucker on "Western Women in a Changing World";
-- Historian Chuck Mood on "Civil War in the Western Territories";
-- And Reenactress Documentary Director J.R. Hardman on "Women Soldiers of the Civil War" at 2:30pm!

The program is free and open to the public. We'd love to see you there!

We couldn't let the day end without wishing a very happy to all of the wonderful museums in Utah! Did you know that Utah has more than 260 museums spanning a wide range of topics including art, culture, history, science and more? Our friends at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums have created a handy directory that is searchable by region or category: https://bit.ly/3sIOVaX

What are some of your favorite museums in Utah? Share in the comments! This photo is from our friends at Fort Douglas Military Museum.
May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month! Our friends at the Utah State Historic Preservation Office have curated amazing events so that YOU can get to know the prehistory and history of our state. Some events are in person but many are online, so you don't have to be in Salt Lake City to meet up with Utah's leading experts in archaeology and historic preservation! Here are just a few of the many event options:

📣 Thank You Mr. Carnegie! Utah's Carnegie Library Legacy: This brown bag lecture is presented by Roger Roper (who has worked on hundreds of historic preservation projects since the 1980s) and explores the history, impact, and durability of industrialist/philanthropist Andrew Carnegie's library construction program in Utah during the early 1900s.

📣 Fort Douglas Archaeology Walking Tour: Join archaeologist Dr. Chris Merritt for a walking tour of the historic and archaeological legacy of Utah's longest-serving military post, Fort Douglas Military Museum.

📣 Perimortem Processing, Dismemberment, and Trophy Taking of Human Remains: This brown bag lecture is presented by State Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Derinna Kopp who will who will review perimortem (near the time of death) alterations on human bones in archaeological remains from Utah.

See the full line-up of events and register here: https://bit.ly/3MPw3yr
A great story!
Thought you might be interested to know about an upcoming Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class this January, A Soldier's View, taught by Chip Guarente: Consider this course a "show and tell" of a soldier's uniform, taking a look at the equipment and weapons that a soldier wore in the American Civil War, World War I and World War II. This three-week course will bring lecture and historical artifacts together. You'll be glad you signed up!
https://continue.utah.edu/osher/class/osher_821_a_soldiers_view
After returning in 1904 from the Philippine Islands where they fought the "Bolos" during the Philippine Insurrection, the U.S. Army's 29th Infantry Regiment performed garrison duties in Utah and Arizona before returning to the Philippines in 1907. This photo was taken during the regiment's service in Utah.
Dallas Oylear was stationed at Fort Douglas during WWII. He told many stories and we hold many fond memories of his military service. Born June 12, 1917, Dallas passed away November 19, 2021. God Bless America!
Spend a spooktacular Halloween weekend in the Foothill Cultural District! Join Fort Douglas Military Museum for the Fort Douglas Post cemetery tour on Saturday, 1-4 pm.

Then head over to BOOtanical at Red Butte Garden on Saturday or Sunday (entry from 6-8 pm). Tickets are available here >
https://redbuttegarden.org/events/bootanical
One of our Foothill Cultural District partners, the Fort Douglas Military Museum and Cemetery, keeps centuries-old stories alive.
Fort Douglas Military Museum is a National Historic Landmark and part of the National Park Service -- and it's located right in the middle of the Foothill Cultural District!

Fort Douglas was designated a landmark in 1975 for its role in the Civil War and in furthering the settlement of Utah. Visit the museum to see more than 150 years of history from the 1860s up to the present.
Don't miss an exciting presentation from Fiona Robinson Hill and the Fort Douglas Military Museum on the rich history of the Buffalo Soldiers! Fiona has spent many hours doing research for this and our tours to tell the rich history and stories that are often forgotten. Find out more at Fort Douglas Military Museum

Join the Zoom event by clicking the link below!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82010141872?pwd=aG1mbGxRNmlHYWp0dUVyR2Y2K3JSZz09
Today we remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. To allow the public time to pay tribute, Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City is open from 10 am–5 pm for the Memorial holiday.
Sending love and comfort to those who are mourning the loss of their military loved ones.
Thank you, Chris Merritt, for the great walking tour on Saturday. You brought history to life for those that were in attendance and it was clear, you have vast knowledge concerning the changes that have occurred at the fort. We drove up from St. George to attend and it was well worth the drive!
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