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The Forgotten Faces of Fort Craig

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, The Smithsonian Institute Washington, DC, U.S. Department of Reclamations & Forensic Sculptor Amanda Danning
Present: The Forgotten Faces of Fort Craig, February 2010 at 4816 Main Street, Houston TX.

Amanda Danning will use the precisely engineered cast produced by University of Houston Professor, Dr. Ali Kamrani to perform a live progressive reconstruction of the face of U.S Army Pvt. Thomas Smith, a Buffalo Soldier.

For the first time in American History this awesome story of grave robbers, forensic science and redemption will be on exhibit. Bureau of Reclamations Anthropologists Jeff Hanson and Mark Hungerford were onsite when the remains were discovered in Fort Craig, New Mexico and are leading contributors to this project. Federal officials shipped 39 sets of remains from New Mexico to Washington. The Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History, Division of Physical Anthropology Head, Doug Owsley, with other scientists examined the bones with microscopes, CT scanners, X-ray machines and digital measuring devices. Through the use of modern technology, scientists were able to positively identify 3 of the soldiers by comparing the details of their remains with the military enlistment records from the 1800s. After concluding the examination of the remains, they shipped back to New Mexico, where they were re-buried with full military honors at the Military Cemetery in Santa Fe.

This theatre style exhibit will allow visitors to experience firsthand the science behind how forensic anthropologists and sculptors exam human remains to determine identities and complete facial reconstructions. Artifacts from Fort Craig and The Civil War will be on display. This is the story of how once forgotten soldiers become the center of attention and admiration. Our story begins with one soldier, Thomas Smith.


4816 Main Street (near Rosedale next to Museum of Contemporary Crafts in museum district)

February 2010, Monday-Saturday Showtimes 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30, and Sunday 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00

How long
Approximately – 1 hr 15 minutes

General Admission – $15 / Students with ID – $5.
For group booking reservations are suggested.

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