Sesquicentennial Commemoration, 1868-2018

Washita Battlefield 150th anniversary logo showing peace peipe, horse, and the number 150.

The sesquicentennial of the Washita attack is an opportunity to create a sense of place, share multiple perspectives, provoke cultural understanding, support healing & reconciliation, and remain relevant today and into the future.

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is a sacred place because of what happened here on November 27th, 1868. Leading up to the sesquicentennial in November 2018, we will have various activities to commemorate the Battle of the Washita. Check out our events page for information about art workshops, family activities, special ranger programs, speakers, presentations, and other events that will highlight this unique park. The following links of interest provide the latest information regarding the Washita sesquicentennial in 2018:

  • Schedule of programs and special events for the 2018 year.

  • 150th Historical Chronology - Follow historical events on the Great Plains as they happened 150 years ago. Learn how those events led to the Washita attack in 1868.

  • Why we will not have a reenactment of the Washita attack - National Park Service reenactment policy video.

  • Washita Battlefield NHS Facebook page.
  • Washita Battlefield NHS Twitter page.
  • Learn about the stories relating to the event.

  • Learn about the people who experienced the event.
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Washita 150th page.
  • Check out our latest News Release.
Cheyenne Chief Gordon Yellowman at podium
Cheyenne Chief Gordon Yellowman

NPS Photo

Sequicentennial Week - Schedule 2018

(events subject to change)

Saturday, November 24th - 5K Memorial Run

Sunday, November 25th - Descendent's Day

Monday, November 26th - Custer Night Hike

Tuesday, November 27th - Sequicentennial Day

  • 7:15am, sunrise prayers and songs
  • 7:30am, naming of the dead
  • 8am, prayer breakfast
  • 10am, Washita biographies

Friday, November 30th - Tipi Fireside Chat

Saturday, December 1st - Commemoration Night

  • Formal public recognition of the 150th will occur with speakers, special activities, and programs taking place throughout the day.

Sunday, December 2nd - Parks Symposium Day

  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Big Hole National Battlefield will have rangers present for programs.

Last updated: April 16, 2018

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