On April 17, 2004, BFGHS members and guests took a bus trip to Yuma. Arizona, where they visited the Dees Brothers’ Brangus Ranch. Third generation agriculturalists Alex, Melvin and Elmo Dees gave a lecture and tour (which included a hay ride) of the ranch, prefaced by a repast at a local eatery.
In keeping with its mission of researching and preserving the story of Arizona’s African American communities, members of the BFGHS and invited guests traveled by bus on June 21, 2003, to Sierra Vista, Arizona, to visit Fort Huachuca. Once home to the 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry (Colored) regiments, the historic Army post boasts the nation’s first monument to the Buffalo Soldier in addition to memorabilia housed in several museums on the premises.