Washington, D.C. Reenactment

Following are photographs of the various events celebrating the 100th anniversary on March 28, 2000, of the signing by U.S. President William McKinley of federal legislation returning land from the abandoned Fort Hays Military Reservation to the state of Kansas for creation of a normal school. The bill was signed in the Blue Room of the White House on March 28, 1900. Fort Hays State University representatives, alumni and friends met in Washington, D.C., and participated in activities throughout the day. The re-enactment, which elicited several laughs from the audience, wove historical fact with a recreation of what the conversation might have been on March 28, 1900, in the Blue Room of the White House. Dr. James Forsythe, FHSU historian and retired vice provost and dean of graduate studies and research of FHSU, wrote the script and talked about the history of the legislation. He spoke at the banquet and also earlier that day on the floor of the U.S. House.
 

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The tour group from Hays waits on the Capitol steps before entering the chamber of the U.S. House before 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2000.

Cindy Elliott, dean of FHSU's Virtual College, and Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU Provost, make a rushed visit to Union Station between the visit to the U.S. House chamber and the tour of the White House.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, a former FHSU student who makes his permanent home in Hays, welcomes friends, alumni and supporters of FHSU to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hays Daily News reporter Diane Gasper-O'Brien and her son Reid pose in Union Station in Washington, D.C. Gasper-O'Brien filed several stories from Washington on the Centennial activities.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and FHSU President Edward H. Hammond joke with each other on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol. Moran and his staff provided vital assistance in making arrangements for the FHSU Centennial activities in Washington. The group next departed for a tour of the White House. University President Edward H. Hammond is at right.

Virgil Scott, left, president and CEO of the FHSU Endowment Association, visits with Harold Stones, president of the Endowment Association and a member of the staff of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. They were with a group from Hays that was about that is about to enter the U.S. House chamber.

The Hays tour group reassembles on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol after leaving the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The group next departed for a tour of the White House. University President Edward H. Hammond is at right.

Retired music professor Lyle Dilley, front center, and his wife, Bonnie, lower right, leave the White House on Tuesday morning. During the tour, the Hays group saw the Blue Room, where President McKinley signed legislation.

Some of the Hays group lift a toast during the cocktail hour at the formal banquet Tuesday night, in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. The banquet was the final event in the day-long activities.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the formal banquet Tuesday night, in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night. At left is Debra Prideaux, FHSU's executive director for Alumni/Government Relations.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, stands with a couple from the Hays group at the banquet Tuesday night. Without Moran's help, the room would not have been available for the banquet. It is reserved exclusively for event scheduled by highly-placed federal officials.

FHSU President Edward H. Hammond greets guests at the banquet. At right is Franki Roberts, wife of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas.

Franki Roberts, wife of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, talks to FHSU President Edward H. Hammond at the banquet in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.

Debra Prideaux, executive director for Alumni/Governmental Relations at FHSU, poses with her cousin, FHSU alumnus Kent Rohleder, at the banquet Tuesday night.

Some of the Hays visitors converse at the banquet Tuesday night.

FHSU President Edward H. Hammond poses with Kaylynn Philip, left, and her niece, Tatum Sprague. Philip is the granddaughter and Sprague the great-granddaughter of Jennie Ward, who was the first student to enroll at what is now Fort Hays State University.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, talks to some of his constituents from the Hays visitors at the banquet Tuesday night.

Sen. Pat Roberts, left center, and his wife, Franki, visit with some of the Hays visitors at the formal banquet Tuesday night. To Sen. Roberts' left is FHSU University Relations Director Kent L. Steward.

Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost, hands out gold tubes in his role as an aide to President William McKinley. Everyone at the banquet received a gold tube containing a reproduction of the actual bill. Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin, who now heads the National Archives in Washington located the original document and assisted university officials in making the reproductions.

Dr. Larry Gould, FHSU provost, left, portrays a presidential aide and Dr. Herb Songer, vice president for Student Affairs, portrays President William McKinley during the re-enactment.

Dr. Larry Gould and Dr. Herb Songer, left, perform their roles during the re-enactment.

FHSU President Edward H. Hammond, left, talks to U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, at the banquet.

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