As part of its annual Arbor Day celebration, the city of Leavenworth and Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum will plant a tree in honor of its former director, Phyllis Bass, at 11 a.m. Friday at the museum, 412 Kiowa St.

As part of its annual Arbor Day celebration, the city of Leavenworth and Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum will plant a tree in honor of its former director, Phyllis Bass, at 11 a.m. Friday at the museum, 412 Kiowa St.

Members of the community are invited to attend and will be invited to assist in planting the new tree.

Bass was instrumental in building the Buffalo Soldier Monument on Fort Leavenworth in 1992 and the opening of the Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum the same year. Bass served as RACC director from its opening until her retirement in 2014. She also coordinated a tutoring program for children at the museum. Bass passed away in 2017.

A flowering redbud will be planted on the front lawn of the Richard Allen Cultural Center.

Arbor Day was created in 1872 for the purpose of highlighting the importance of trees.

The Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department has a Legacy Tree Program for loved ones to plant a tree in honor of an individual or group. For more information about the program, contact the Parks Department at 913-651-2203.