Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association


CBHMA President’s Message Spring 2017

Ted Heath, President


Photo by Sue Heath    

           Spotlighting Those Who Make Get-              Together Work 

        Well, it's that time of year and I hope this finds everyone making preparations for our annual get-together this June. I just secured my motel reservation and am working on my car rental--nothing's within walking distance, you know.

When it comes to getting ready for this June event, the CBHMA shares its motto with the Boy Scouts: Be Prepared.

I'd be really missing the point if I didn't take this time to spotlight the many people [most who live at least 1,000 miles from the battlefield] who work year-round to make sure our weekend is special. All these folks are vital to the success of not only our weekend of fun activities and fundraising for the CBHMA but for the efficient operation of the orgaization throughout the year.

Dale Ramsey has put together another outstanding symposium with the assistance of Master of Ceremonies Vince Heier, technical assistance for "DK" Clark, and the handyman work of Jon Custer. "DK" also formats the papers and submits them to the printer for publication.

Tom Heski has worked with me to put together this year's Saturday field trip to the Powder River Fight, guided and narrated by Paul Hedren, author of Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War.

Three Brothers Pizza will host our kick-off event Thursday night with pizza and the chance to renew friendships and make new ones.

Auction Time

Thanks to Mike Sullivan, you can plan to experience yet another sensational auction, which, besides being just plain fun as auctioneer Mike Koury does his thing, is a valuable fundraiser for the CBHMA. The auction will be held at the Centre Cinema which will also play host to the showing of the Disney classic movie Tonka, about the only known survivor of the battle, Capt. Myles Keogh's horse Comanche. The movie stars a young Sal Mineo and an older Phillip Carey as Capt. Keogh. Vince Heier will give an introduction to the history of the film.

 Early on Sunday Tom Heski will again lead us to Reno Hill and Last Stand Hill for our annual wreath laying ceremonies honoring the battle's fallen.

Then comes our annual membership meeting, prepared by Jon Heitland and yours truly, followed by the annual board meeting with your elected board of directors.

I would be remiss in not giving thanks to Bob Snelson for putting together the great stories for our Greasy Grass magazine [a synopsis of stories can be found on page 4 of The Battlefield Dispatch]. Bob will also be heading our author's forum this year. A special thanks goes to Ron Nichols for giving his time and talents in formatting Greasy Grass to be sent to the printer.

Another valuable behind the scenes asset is Jim Barthold, editor of the quarterly Battlefield Dispatch. Oots of organization and meetings get valuable information to our readers thanks to Jim and his compulsive adherence to deadlines.

Michele Noyes, MVP

Then there is my MVP Michele Noyes, our membership chair who donates her time to processing new memberships and renewals, and sending out reminder cards so that members have an opportunity to renew in a timely manner.

I'd also like to throw out a big thank you to the board members, and to Sue Heath and Joyce Nichols for donating their time manning our space at Sandy Bernard's AST Press book room. Jon Heitland was a real trooper last year in taking additional shifts even as he recovered from hip surgery.

If for no other reason than to maintain a happy home [and of course for many more reasons beyond that] I must also thank my wife Sue, who volunteers countless hours of her time as both treasurer and book store manage. And finally there is Gordon Ramsey, our parliamentarian, keeper of the bylaws and, when needed, sergeant at arms.

Of course I can't leave out the most important of all those who keep the CBHMA rolling like a bullet train" members, whether you support us through your membership, donations, attend our events, buy our books throughout the year, donate auction items. submit articles or papers for the symposium Dispatch or Greasy Grass, and/or help set up the events. Your support keeps our organization strong. And I am especially appreciative of all our lifetime members whose financial support keeps our organization up and growing. You've backed the right horse!

Hope to see you this June. You'll have a memorable time, I promise you.

Garry Owen,