Fort Douglas Military Museum

Fort Douglas Military Museum 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.
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Sending our love to the Stewart family! John served our museum for years as a docent. He was full of knowledge and alway...
10/13/2020
John Stewart (1923 - 2020) - Obituary

Sending our love to the Stewart family! John served our museum for years as a docent. He was full of knowledge and always pleasant to be around!!! We will miss him dearly!!!!!

View John Stewart's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

Happy Birthday to our Dear Friend Gail!!!
10/10/2020

Happy Birthday to our Dear Friend Gail!!!

I’ve officially declared today “Gail S. Halvorsen Recognition Day” in recognition of the Berlin Candy Bomber’s 100th’s birthday. I invite all Utahns to join me in wishing him a happy birthday and thanking him for his service.

Utahns are known throughout the world for our kindness, innovative spirit, and commitment to community. Colonel Gail Halvorsen has exemplified these values across his 100 years lived thus far, and I am proud of the great things he has accomplished.

Known most commonly as the “Berlin Candy Bomber,” Gail was a selfless servant who led by example. Across his 8,000 flying hours in the Air Force, Gail proved himself to be a distinguished airman and friend to all. The numerous awards and recognition he has received speak to his incredible nature as a veteran, Utahn, and man of compassion.

Today marks the 19th Anniversary of 9/11. We remember all those who lost their lives on this day and in the resulting mi...
09/11/2020

Today marks the 19th Anniversary of 9/11. We remember all those who lost their lives on this day and in the resulting military operations.
In our Memorial Park we have a piece of the World Trade Center/slurry wall. Feel free to come by and visit this memorial and remember those who've died.

Utah State Historic Preservation Office
09/05/2020

Utah State Historic Preservation Office

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Time again for your weekend read! Between SLC and Vernal lies the Strawberry Valley, home to the first large scale joint-training exercise in the West! Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry units - including Buffalo Soldiers - amassed in this verdant valley for war games, and archaeologists are learning more about the event through collections excavated decades ago.

09/02/2020

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. On the 2nd of September 1945, World War II officially ended with the formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender. Which took place on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. At that time Truman declared September 2nd to be the official V-J Day.

How do current events affect symbols in history? Check out this great clip featuring our director to learn about how his...
07/24/2020
What’s in the Basement? An item removed from the Utah State Capitol building for questionable imagery

How do current events affect symbols in history? Check out this great clip featuring our director to learn about how history can come out of the basement and back into the public eye. To learn more about the what we do at the Fort Douglas Military Museum, check out our webpage at https://www.fortdouglas.org/.

The Fort Douglas Military Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19, however, come check out our outdoor exhibits and check back for when we will reopen so that you can learn more about Utah's history.

#UtahHistory #Fox13News #WhatsInTheBasement

In 1918, four small sculptures depicting eagles were removed from the Utah State Capitol Building.

Today marks the 75th year anniversary of Staff Sergeant Mark Heyrend's honorable discharge here at the Fort Douglas Sepa...
07/04/2020
SLC WWII Veteran Had A Front Row Seat To History

Today marks the 75th year anniversary of Staff Sergeant Mark Heyrend's honorable discharge here at the Fort Douglas Separation Center. The 4th of July, 1945. We recently had the pleasure of spending time with Mark and hearing his first hand accounts of history!

Family members decided to celebrate Mark Heyrend turning 102 at Fort Douglas in SLC, where he began his military service.

06/25/2020
Alex Cabrero KSL

We had the pleasure of hosting Mark Heyrend today at 102 as he recalled his days of working directly with General Patton. Congratulations on turning 102 Mark and thank you for your service to our country.

Mark Heyrend had a front row seat to history during WWII. The Salt Lake City man was Gen. Patton's clerk and was in several war rooms as some of the biggest military operations were being planned. He's now 102 years old and remembers it like it was yesterday. Here's our story on him for KSL 5 TV.

Photographer Ray Boone

06/16/2020

Fort Douglas Military Museum is still closed to the public.
Update: Fort Douglas Day has been canceled this year.
Stay safe all!

06/16/2020

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Fort Douglas' placement on the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 1970! The National Register program, which is overseen by the National Park Service, is the US federal government's list of "historic places worthy of preservation."

Fun fact: contrary to popular belief, a National Register designation does not provide protections against a property's alteration or demolition. However, this designation can be an important stepping stone toward designation as a National Historic Landmark, or NHL - a distinction Fort Douglas received in 1975. Today, the Fort's historic landscape is one of only fourteen NHLs in the state of Utah!

06/13/2020

🥳🥳🥳 Happy 103rd Birthday today to Staff Sergeant Dallas C. Oylear. He served here at Fort Douglas with the 1902 Service Command Unit (SCU). December 1942 through March 1946. 🥳🥳🥳

Utah National Guard
06/12/2020

Utah National Guard

As of this morning, more than 66,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated for COVID-19 response across the United States. Here's what we've been doing to help our neighbors:

#AlwaysReady #AlwaysThere #UtahGuard

Fort Douglas Military Museum is proud to show their support for the Epilepsy Foundation of Utah and their virtual June e...
06/09/2020

Fort Douglas Military Museum is proud to show their support for the Epilepsy Foundation of Utah and their virtual June event: Walk and Wheels. Over 30,000 people in the state of Utah live with Epilepsy, many of them being veterans or children of military parents. Approximately 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop Epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. This may be a family member, a friend, a parent or even yourself.

Help us raise awareness of this life changing condition by registering to participate in Walk and Wheels. Visit the Fort Douglas National Historic Landmark and District to assist in the mission to #EndEpilepsy!

Step Challenge
https://epilepsyfoundation.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=732
Gear Up for Epilepsy
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Thank you to all who participated in our Midway Quiz and contest!! Our randomly drawn winner is Kim B. Keep your eyes ou...
06/05/2020

Thank you to all who participated in our Midway Quiz and contest!! Our randomly drawn winner is Kim B.

Keep your eyes out for another contest/drawing in the future!!

Today marks the anniversary of the start of the battle of Midway. Take our quiz for a chance to win a free copy of the r...
06/04/2020

Today marks the anniversary of the start of the battle of Midway. Take our quiz for a chance to win a free copy of the recent release “Midway”. Entry is open till midnight tonight.
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MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.
Take home the pulse pounding action packed thrill ride Midway. Starring Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and more - don't miss the epic story of the battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it. Now on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital. #MidwayMovie

Learn more here: https://www.lionsgate.com/movies/midway

05/24/2020

Hello All,
Hope you're doing well.

Museum Updates:
The Fort Douglas Military Museum will be closed at least through the end of May.
Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, the Memorial Day Ceremony usually held at the Fort Douglas Post Cemetery has been canceled.
But, on Memorial Day, the Museum's outside area will be open from 12-5pm for guests to look around.

If you have any donations for the museum or questions, leave a message at 801.581.1251 or at [email protected].

Happy V-E (Victory in Europe) Day! Today marks the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany at the end of World...
05/08/2020

Happy V-E (Victory in Europe) Day! Today marks the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany at the end of World War II.
(Photo courtesy Utah State History)

Happy 75th Anniversary of V-E Day!

V-E Day -Shot 2, May 8th, 1945

MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection, photo number 6119

Looking for something for you and the kids to do?  The Historic Fort Douglas at the University of Utah walking tour is u...
03/27/2020

Looking for something for you and the kids to do? The Historic Fort Douglas at the University of Utah walking tour is up on our website! Come check it out!!

Feeling cooped up inside? Take a walk around the Fort Douglas district with this guide and see all the historic buildings and what they were and are used for. Don't want to walk around outside? Take a drive or even view it from the safety of your home by using google maps!

https://www.fortdouglas.org/walking-tour

Today marks the 200th birthday of the founder of Fort Douglas. Patrick Edward Connor was born on this day in 1820 in Cou...
03/17/2020

Today marks the 200th birthday of the founder of Fort Douglas. Patrick Edward Connor was born on this day in 1820 in County Kerry, Ireland. (Although written birth records likely do not exist, Connor gave his date of birth as St. Patrick's Day, 1820 throughout his adult life.)

Connor was among the most prominent "Gentile" (non-LDS) residents of Utah in the late nineteenth century. He is known most infamously as the commanding officer of the federal troops that carried out the Bear River Massacre against a Shoshone community in Cache Valley in 1863.

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue
03/17/2020

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue

Heartbreaking 💔

“He made me cry yesterday! It was so loud in the kennels and he was just sound asleep. I thought he was dead. He’s not thankfully”

CAN ANYONE HELP?

BOOTS!!! 7 yrs, 84 lbs, adoption return due to moving on 2/25, he only lived with them a few days. He is dog friendly, walks great on leash, knows sit and very calm and sweet. He is on meds for an issue with either his ear/side of his face, and has the cutest ears!

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03/17/2020
Today Margaret and her husband Haluk visited our museum, and the house she grew up in (Quarters 4 A, now the Lassonde En...
03/15/2020

Today Margaret and her husband Haluk visited our museum, and the house she grew up in (Quarters 4 A, now the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute), just over 70 years ago between 1948 and 1952. The couple have resided in Germany for the past 50 years. A long awaited homecoming.

CWD Mazzie NDD Ret.
03/13/2020

CWD Mazzie NDD Ret.

Today Utah’s Rep. Karianne Lisonbee will announce Utah’s first official K9 Veterans Day. Look who are the hosts for today’s ceremony.

From 1864 to 2020, the figure from the Bear River Monument is getting resculpted in 3D! TJ and Megan from the Marriott L...
03/05/2020

From 1864 to 2020, the figure from the Bear River Monument is getting resculpted in 3D! TJ and Megan from the Marriott Library Digital Matters Lab visited the museum today to scan some items.

'Tears gathered in his eyes': Utah veteran finally sworn in 57 years later
02/25/2020
'Tears gathered in his eyes': Utah veteran finally sworn in 57 years later

'Tears gathered in his eyes': Utah veteran finally sworn in 57 years later

“The best time to plant a tree was 57 years ago. The second best time is now. ” David Jager began his National Guard career on May 6, 1963, but he never took the official oath – until now. At the age of 79, David Jager is likely the oldest enlistment in Utah National Guard history....

Today we were visited by some of Colonel Connor's descendants. Connor is named after her great-great-great grandfather. ...
02/20/2020

Today we were visited by some of Colonel Connor's descendants. Connor is named after her great-great-great grandfather. Pictured with her is her husband and two children.

This Black History Month, come learn about the contributions of black soldiers in Utah's military history!Black people h...
02/19/2020

This Black History Month, come learn about the contributions of black soldiers in Utah's military history!

Black people have participated in every major war in US history. Following the Civil War, black soldiers were assigned to segregated units under white officers. These units were typically stationed in the West, were they earned the nickname "Buffalo Soldiers." In 1896, the black 24th Infantry was stationed at Fort Douglas before departing for Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

These soldiers' lives reflected the complex realities of their day. Many "Buffalo Soldiers" had been born into slavery, or were the children of formerly enslaved people, and likely saw military service as a rare opportunity for social advancement in an era of overt white supremacy. Often, military service meant participation in colonial warfare, with black troops assigned to fight native peoples in the West, and, after 1899, independence fighters in the Philippines. Black soldiers would also play an early role as park rangers and administrators in some of the first US national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia, at the turn of the century.

Many black women have also served in the military across US history. During World War II, a group of black members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) were assigned to Wendover Airfield in western Utah. While at Wendover, they faced blatant discrimination and were required to work in an older building than their white counterparts.

Following World War II, the US government began the process of formally desegregating the armed forces. Truly eliminating the legacies of racism in the military, however, remains an ongoing challenge up to the present.

Pictured: 44-star US flag, carried by black troops from the 24th Infantry at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba, 1898.

Eighteen years ago today, the 2002 Winter Olympics began here in Salt Lake City.  The Fort Douglas District had the priv...
02/08/2020

Eighteen years ago today, the 2002 Winter Olympics began here in Salt Lake City. The Fort Douglas District had the privilege to host the Olympic Athlete's Village.

01/29/2020

Today marks the 157th anniversary of the Bear River Massacre (January 29, 1863), in which troops from Fort Douglas carried out the largest mass killing of Native Americans in US history.

Generations later, we reflect somberly on this catastrophic violence. We also acknowledge the resilience of the Northwestern Shoshone, whose community was shattered at Bear River, and whose descendants have worked to rebuild their community and preserve their history and culture to the present.

Many thanks to Chairman Darren Parry and the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation for inviting us to the commemoration today.

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
01/29/2020

Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs

Monday was a busy first day of the Utah Legislature!

Thank you to the Utah National Guard/Utah Air National Guard for presenting the colors and to our Veterans Advisory Council Chair, Bob Pagnani, for leading the Pledge of Allegiance in the Utah Senate.

Bill updates of note:
Veterans and Military Affairs Commission co-chair Todd Weiler, Utah Senate District 23 presented the first bill in the Utah Senate, SB12, which addresses veterans preference in private employment. The bill passed 26-0-3 was sent to the House for further consideration.

Meanwhile in the House, Veterans and Military Affairs Commission co-chair Rep, Paul Ray presented HB44, Fort Douglas Military Museum Amendments. The bill passed 73-0-2 and was sent to the Senate for further consideration.

Utah State Historic Preservation Office
01/29/2020
Utah State Historic Preservation Office

Utah State Historic Preservation Office

A HUGE thank you to FOX 13 News, Kelly Beck, and Utah Division of Indian Affairs for helping us raise awareness of archaeological vandalism! UtahPAN is committed to eradicating graffiti and vandalism on archaeological sites; in 2020 we're stepping up our campaign to educate the public.

If you're seeing this message you likely already know the importance of preserving archaeological sites. You can help out by sharing this with your friends and starting conversations. If you're looking for specific tips on how to visit sites respectfully, check out Tread Lightly!

01/27/2020
Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian Magazine

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. In honor of this observance, watch this video to learn more about the history of Auschwitz and hear powerful stories from some of the survivors.

National History Day
01/27/2020

National History Day

Using photographs of several nations’ World War I Memorials, ask students to consider and analyze how different countries memorialized their fallen World War I service members: https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/WarMemorialsAbroad.pdf.

This lesson plan was prepared by Michael Sandstrom, a teacher at Chadron High School in Chadron, Nebraska, as part of his research for "Memorializing the Fallen," a professional development program supported by the World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

For 27 lesson plans relating to World War I and its aftermath, download the book, “Great War, Flawed Peace, and the Lasting Legacy of World War I” here: https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/NHD_WWILessonBook_template.pdf.

Explore more #WW1 content and classroom materials: https://www.nhd.org/wwi.

#WWI
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32 Potter St
Salt Lake City, UT
84113

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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

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Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00

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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.

Fort Douglas expanded quickly during World War I as thousands of recruits arrived for their training. A general hospital was established in 1918 but was never completed, and a prisoner-of-war compound was built for German prisoners. The 28th Infantry, nicknamed “Rock of the Marne” in World War I for stopping a German offensive, arrived in 1922. The regiment departed in August 1940 and Fort Douglas temporarily became an air base in conjunction with the Salt Lake Municipal Airport.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Ninth Service Command Headquarters was moved from the Presidio, San Francisco, to Fort Douglas in January 1942. The fort also directed the repair of military vehicles and served as a finance center until 1947. Once again, a prisoner-of-war camp was established at the fort.

The Ninth Service Command was dissolved in 1946, and in 1947 the army announced that the fort was surplus and some land was turned over to the University of Utah and other agencies. However, the Korean War delayed dismantlement of the fort, which served as an induction center and administrative headquarters for the Utah Military District. The university received land in 1962 for a medical center and again in 1967 for a research park.

Closure of the post was announced in 1964; the flag was lowered on 25 June 1967 and Fort Douglas became a subpost of Fort Carson, Colorado. The army retained only the parade ground and many of the historic buildings, and also reserved water rights in Red Butte Canyon. The fort continued to serve as headquarters for the 96th Army Reserve Command. The fort was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. In 1989 Congress finally approved closure of Fort Douglas as a military facility. Transfer of the fort to the University of Utah began in 1991 and was completed in late 1993.

By Charles G. Hibbard Utah History Encyclopedia, 1994

See: Leonard J. Arrington and Thomas G. Alexander, “The U. S. Army Overlooks Salt Lake Valley: Fort Douglas, 1862–1965,” Utah Historical Quarterly 33 (Fall 1965).


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Celebrate Fort Douglas Day with us, virtually! Wednesday, June 17th we’re teaming up with the University of Utah and SWCA to host an online Zoom presentation titled Uncovering Early Fort Douglas. During construction to upgrade subsurface utility lines, crews uncovered previously unknown and undocumented structural remains of historic Fort Douglas. Established as a frontier fort by the Union army in 1862 to protect the overland mail route, Fort Douglas was positioned on the benches of Utah’s Wasatch mountains overlooking the growing Salt Lake valley. Fort Douglas represents the entirety of civil war era military history in Utah. The historic features uncovered during utility construction at the fort were found along Potter Street and are the physical remains of life at the fort during its first two decades, 1862 through the 1870s. Our conversation will provide some context about historic Fort Douglas and then delve more deeply into the discoveries made during archaeological excavations along Potter Street. You can visit our EventBrite page (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncovering-early-fort-douglas-tickets-108843465736) to learn more and reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you!
Hello, I ran across a picture taken at Fort Douglas, UT in June 1946. It is the Ordnance Office HQ (9th Service Command). It is an interesting pictures with army officers and staff standing in the back and ladies sitting in the front. The ladies look so nice in their outfits of that era. I will mail it to 32 Potter Street, SLC, UT. 84113. I hope you can use and appreciate this picture. Thanks
Hi, a bit random but I’m trying to find a military man from Salt Lake City who served in the uk (south west) in the Second World War named Harry? Tia 🙂
Interesting exhibits, good history. Easy parking, free admission. Worth a visit.
I am interested in finding out more about your Women in the Military exhibit. Can you contact me here on FB?
Who has charge of the Fort Douglas museum? It is under whom's management? Federal, State, or a local non profit.
Just a customer service tip. Post on your page or your answering machine that you're closed on the 4th. It would people the hassle of driving to the museum only to find it close. Even one of your employees or volunteers showed up thinking you were open.
We've been going to FDD for a few years now. So disappointed that the canons weren't fired this year. And none of the displays between the building were set up? We went to look at the helicopters and the gate on the north side was locked. Hope that whomever is in charge next year does a better job. :(
Will there be a Ft. Douglas Day this year? Haven't been able to find any info...
Hello! I'm an italian researcher at Second University of Naples. I'm writing an article about a WWII Army photographer, cpl. MAX LEVI OSBORNE, who died near my town, 20 miles south of Cassino, on November 7th, 1943. In 1961 the Training Center at Fort Douglas was dedicated to him. I'm searching for picture of him, documents about his life, etc. Please, write me. Thanks a lot. Best regards, prof. Giuseppe Angelone, Ph.D.
I thought you might enjoy this picture I just found of my father Maj. Gen. Kauffman, founder of the Museum, on the day the original Museum building was dedicated.
Came across this Fairbanks Army Navy scale in eastern Idaho. One person called it a "quartermasters scale" possibly dating back to WW-I. Would this be anything the museum would be interested in ? ?