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Friends Donates $5,000 For Custer National Cemetery Waysides & Garrison Flag

June 2011

Friends partnered with LIBI by donating $5,000 for the production of new waysides to replace the two in the Custer National Cemetery. The original waysides used outdated language and were not inclusive of the Vietnam War. The new waysides are porcelain enamel in cantilevered bases to match other waysides throughout the Monument.

The new waysides are located near where the old waysides had rested for decades: the parking lot entrance to the cemetery, which is also near the Visitor Center; and the cemetery entrance near the Stone House. Both waysides have been updated with similar text, and a cool 1952 aerial photo of the cemetery and Last Stand Hill.

The waysides were produced and delivered in 2013, but sadly, the contractor who produced the base and stands to mount the waysides closed down its business. Meanwhile, the two waysides were stored in the staff's office inside the Visitor Center.

Today is the day! Superintendent Denice Swanke informed me that the waysides were finally installed and made available for visitors to view on April 2, 2015. Friends' members can be proud to read on the wayside that LIBI credited Friends for helping make them possible.


Friends Donates $3,900 For Little Bighorn Battlefield

February 2011

Our contribution of $3,950.00 supports three divisions within the Monument:

1) Convert manual library card catalog to electronic digital format, for the White Swan Memorial Library, that will be made available to the public.

2) Produce and print at least 5000 copies of Potential Invaders (weeds) flier with photos as part of Little Bighorn's Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) strategy for invasive plants.

3) Purchase of curatorial supplies to properly store the Elizabeth Bacon Custer collection at the NPS Western Archeological Conservation Center in Tucson, Arizona.


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