The 1st Cavalry Division Museum provides educational programs to Division
personnel and the general public on the history of the 1st Cavalry Division,
its subordinate units, the US Cavalry and the US Army. The educational
programs of the museum serve as supplement training to the Army's formal
military training and local school districts curriculum.
- Training: The Museum Staff conducts training of all educational programs.
Training consists of lectures, safety regulations, hands-on demonstrations,
training videos, and selected readings. A buddy system allows inexperience
interpreters and docents to work along side trained personnel. Scripts,
program curriculum, and guidelines are provided. Museum interpreters and
docents are encouraged to develop their own presentations based upon
scripts and guidelines.
- Educational Aids: The museum provides all training aids, props, and
reproductions for the educational programs. Funding for these programs has
been set aside to purchase materials, uniforms, and weapons. The Museum
allows living history interpreters to use their own uniforms, gear and
weapons. No artifacts from historical collection are used without the
written permission of the Museum Director or the Army Center of Military
History, Museum Division. Some original artifacts may be purchased for the
education collection as long as an original resides in the historical
- Safety: At no time will docents and interpreters place their charges in
any danger. Museum docents and interpreters will observe all Fort Hood,
1st Cavalry Division, and museum safety regulations and guidelines for the
use of vehicles, educational aids, and firearms. The museum will use the
National Park Service guidelines for the use of black powder firearms. The
use of firearms in a program must have permission of Museum Director before
each program. Only approved volunteers and staff may perform programs for
the 1st Cavalry Division Museum.
- Evaluation: The Director will periodically evaluate the programs offered
by the museum to determine their effectiveness and mission relevance. The
museum director will provide written and oral evaluations of docents and
interpreter's presentations to insure historical accuracy and clarity of
- Programs: The following are programs offered by the 1st Cavalry Division
Museum. Each program includes class subject, description, audience level,
class goals, material required, and remarks.
Subject: Museum Orientation
- Description: An introduction to the 1st Cavalry Division and an overview
of the exhibits the visitor will be seeing.
- Audience: Everyone
- Receive a general overview of the history of the 1st Cavalry Division
and mission of the museum.
- Have an unsupervised viewing of the galleries of the museum.
- Material Required: None
- Remarks: School groups and others can be given the opportunity to play the
Museum Treasure Hunt Games and Museum Quizzes.
Subject: VIP Tour
- Description: A gallery-to-gallery tour of the museum with narration on the
history of the Division.
- Audience: School groups over the 3rd grade, Division VIP's, OPD and NCOPD
class, and other groups.
- Provide an understanding of the history of the 1st Cavalry Division
- Receive a personalized tour of the museum.
- Provide some insight in the present day mission of the Division.
- Provide insight in the mission of the Museum.
- Remarks: The Museum Treasure Hunt and Museum Quizzes can be used during
the tour as well as the Division Video Mission briefing.
In House Programs
Subject: Museum Coffee
- Description: This is a traditional Army wife's coffee with a museum touch.
The coffee is held at the museum. As part of their program, the staff will
give a tour of the museum and its storage areas. Participants are given an
opportunity to work on conservation projects for the museum, i.e.,
constructing padded hangers, and sewing textile supports. In addition,
participants will be instructed how to preserve there own family historical
- Audience: Brigade, Battalion or Company level officer/NCO spouses.
- Provide an introduction to the museum and its services.
- Enhance unit support for the museum.
- Encourage volunteering to the museum.
- Allows participants a behind the scenes view of the museum.
- Provide different theme for the coffee.
- Performs needed conservation work on the collection.
- Required Materials:
- Conservation supplies.
- Unbleached muslin.
- Textile support patterns.
- Pencils and rulers.
- White gloves.
- Handout: "Hints for Preserving Family Collections"
- Remarks: Limit the group to 20 to 25 people. This is an after-hour
Subject: Threat Vehicle Identification Program
- Description: The purpose of this program is to acquaint soldiers of type
foreign vehicles that they may come across during combat situations. The
session in divided between tanks, armored vehicles and transports. The
session will be held in the museum vehicle park.
- Audience: 1st Cavalry Active Duty personnel.
- Make soldiers aware of foreign and US vehicle used by possible enemy.
- Make soldiers aware of present military assets in the "Hot Spots" of
- Required materials: Handout on vehicles.
- Remarks: Groups limited to 20 to 25.
Subject: Threat Weapon Identification Program
- Description: The purpose of the program is to acquaint the soldiers of
different types of foreign weapons, including assault rifles, submachine
guns, machineguns, riles, pistols and other small arms and launchers. The
program includes a lecture and a display of foreign and US small arms.
This is a Power Point presentation.
- Audience: 1st Cavalry Division Active Duty personnel.
- Make soldiers aware of the type of small arms that could be used by a
- Make soldiers aware of type of small arms being used in the "hot spots"
of the world.
- Provide hands on feel of the weapons.
- Required materials:
- Handout on weapons. (If needed)
- Weapons from the Museum collection.
- Laptop computer
- Proxma/Lightpro computer projection system
- Cotton white gloves
- Remarks: The lecture and display can be tailor made for different areas of
the world and armies. The program can be done in house or at the unit. Out
post programs require Military vehicle to be used for transport of the
weapons and armed military escort.
Out Reach Programs
Subject: Alamo Staff Ride
- Description: This program is a joint staff ride conducted by the Fort Sam
Houston and the 1st Cavalry Division Museums to the Alamo battle site,
consisting of a lecture on the events leading up to, the siege, and its
aftermath. The lecture explores the weapons, troops and leaders on both
sides. Participants are encouraged to do research on the side and prepare
an oral report on key personnel, events, and operations. The participants
will view an IMAX film on the battle, to give a feel for the geographic
and severity of the battle. Finally, participants are given a tour of the
Alamo battle site. The lecture will be at Alamo education hall, if space
is not available at Fort Sam Houston Museum. This is a one day program.
A second day can be an addition along with a side trip to the Alamo Movie
site in Brackettville, TX, at this site; participants can view a 1/3 scale
version of the Alamo and ground similar to original land in 1836. An
overnight stay in San Antonio is required for second day program.
- Audience: Officer/NCO Professional Development Classes.
- To understand the commanders intent.
- Provide an understanding of the role the Alamo played in the Texas Revolution.
- Provide an insight to the role of siege-craft, artillery, infantry and
logistics played in the battle.
- To develop discussion alternatives as it regards to the siege, troop
movements, and logistics.
- To draw comparisons to military operations today.
- Required Material:
- Pre-visit read-ahead package.
- Lecture notes and slides
- Muskets: Brown Bess and M-1816.
- John Manguso, Fort Sam Houston Museum, DSN-471-0019
- Dr. Richard Bruce Winters,
- The Alamo, 210-225-1391
- IMAX Theater, 210-225-6517
- Alamo Village,
- Remarks: Before scheduling the ride, insure the availability of John
Manguso, and Alamo site. Make reservations with IMAX Theater and provide
the ride participants their read-ahead package two weeks before the trip.
The ride works better with 2 to 3 leaders.
Subject: Texas Frontier Forts Staff Ride
- Description: The Staff Ride is a driving tour of three Texas Forts.
Through the use of lectures, tours and individual readings, participates
are provided an overview of the development of the series of rings that
make up the frontier forts of Texas. Participants visit the following
frontier forts: Fort Mason, Fort McKavett and Fort Concho. Each fort
provides its own tour guides. Individual or team members will provide oral
reports on particular areas of interest dealing with Frontier Army and the
Indian War Period. The Museum provides a reading list for the following
- Units station at the forts
- Native American nations in Texas
- Army Life at the Forts
- Weapons, equipment and uniforms
- Food craft
- Texas in Civil War
- Indian War Campaigns in Texas
- Audience: Officer/NCO Professional Development
- Length:Two Days (Spend night at Fort Concho)
- Provide understanding of the role "Ringed Frontier Forts" in the
protection of Texas.
- The role the Army played in Texas and development of the communities
that built up around the forts.
- An understanding of the Military operations and life at the fort.
- An opportunity of the unit commanders to do team building during the
- Fort Mason: General Daniels, 1-915-374-8204.
- Fort McKavett: Michael Garza, 1-915-396-2358.
- Fort Concho: Robert Bluthardt, 1-915-657-4443.
- Remarks: Before scheduling the tours make sure all contacts are notified
and dates available for them. The unit will make arrangements for
transportation and housing in San Angelo. Fort Concho will make available
upon request facilities for Dinning Inn.
Subject: Division Korean War Briefing
- Description: This briefing is a Power Point Presentation on the history of
the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War, highlighting campaigns,
battles and events from June 1950 to December 1952.
Audience: Officer/NCO Professional Development Class
- Provide an understanding of the Division role during the Korean War.
- Highlight Division operations, campaigns, battles and its leaders.
- Draw comparisons to today’s military operations.
- Required Materials:
- Lap top computer.
- Proxma/Lightpro computer projection system
- Movie Screen
- Remarks: The presentation can be given at the unit or the museum.
Subject: Civil War Talk
- Description: The Museum Living History Interpreters will provide an
overview of the life and times of soldiers in the American Civil War.
Staff dressed in reproduction period uniforms will describe the uniforms,
equipment and weapons used by Union Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry, as
well as their Confederate counter parts. These demonstrations will detail
the daily life of the soldier, including foodcraft, drill and tactics,
recreation and medical care. In addition, if a female interpreter is
available, she will discuss the role of women during the war; on the home
front and in the field.
- Audience: 5th Graders and older
- To provide the participant visual and hands-on feeling for the
uniforms, equipment and weapons of the period.
- To give the participant an understanding of the cause and effect of
the Civil War.
- Provide understanding of what was like to be soldier in Union and
- To educate the participants on the role of minorities and women in
- To supplement the participants class instructions and readings.
- Required Materials:
- Reproduction uniform, equipment and weapons (Cavalry, Infantry,
Artillery or Zouave.)
- Examples of food stuff (white beans, hardtack, coffee beans, salt pork
and dried fruit).
- Period tent, chair and other camp furniture.
- Flag or guidon.
- Remarks: This program is designed for two or more people, the more the
better. Each interpreter will describe his or her uniform/clothing,
equipment and its function. The presentation can be given in-doors or
out-doors. All firing demonstration of weapons must be approved by the
school principal and the museum director. All safety precautions must be
taken, including an open field of fire.
Subject: Revolutionary War
- Description: Uniformed living history interpreters provides an overview of
the life and times of soldiers during the American Revolution.
Interpreters will educate through the use of lecture and demonstration of
the wearing and use of uniforms, equipment and weapons of the armies of
the Colonial, British and French. The daily life of soldiers will be
explored to include food craft, drill and tactics, recreation and medical
care. In addition, if female interpreter is available, she will discuss
the role of women in the revolution; at home and at the front.
- Audience: 5th graders to adults
- To provide understanding of the people, places and events the shape
the American Revolution.
- To Provide the participant explanation of the drill and tactic of the
- To give the participant feel of what it was like to be a soldier
during the Revolution.
- To educate the participant on the role of women and minorities during
- To supplement the participant’s formal instruction and readings.
- Required Materials:
- Uniforms, Weapons and equipment for a Continental and British soldier.
- Examples of foodstuff, personal items, and clothing.
- Tentage and camp gear.
- Remarks: The presentation is setup for 1 or more people. See remarks for
Subject: Korean War Discovery Boxes
- Description: The Discovery boxes are designed to enable students to begin
to explore the Korean War in the classroom. The materials focus on the
history of the war, the people and the role of the US Army and the 1st
Cavalry Division. The boxes contain reads, books, and display items. Once
course is completed the class is given the opportunity to visit the Museum
for additional instruction.
- Audience: 1st through 3rd graders (Group 1) and 4th through –6th graders
- Provide an understanding of the history of the Korean War.
- The Role the US Army and 1st Cavalry Division in the war.
To help cerebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War and the
accomplishments of our veterans.
- Remarks: Make sure hand receipt is signed before boxes are signed out.
Inventory boxes when they are returned. Materials that are given to class
are replaced for the class. Be sure to schedule a tour to the museum after
the class has completed the course work.
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Trooper Wm. H. Boudreau, "F" Troop, 8th Cavalry Regiment (1946 - 1947). All
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