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Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--http://www.nps.gov/beol/planyourvisit/calendar.htm
Fort Larned National Historic Site -- http://www.nps.gov/fols/planyourvisit/calendar.htm
Fort Union National Monument -- http://www.nps.gov/foun/planyourvisit/calendar.htm
Pecos National Historic Park -- http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/index.htm
Wondering where Santa Fe Trail 200th Anniversary events are taking place throughout the year? Check out this story map!
Don’t see your event or want to update information about your event? Email Ashley_Wheeler@partner.nps.gov.
Santa Fe Trail Landmark Tour available on the Freedom Frontier's App. The tour is also listed on the front page of the FFFNHA APP: http://ffnha.oncell.com (web App). The FFNHA APP can be downloaded to a smart phone at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (for android devices).
The Santa Fe Trail Landmark Tour puts the trailhands’ experience into the palm of your hand. Using this app, you'll make 13 stops along the trail in Douglas County, Kansas, each with audio descriptions and images that bring each stop's history to life. Once registered, begin the tour by tapping on the list icon in the upper-right corner of the map. Tap your next stop to receive turn-by-turn directions. When you arrive at a stop, you'll automatically receive a notification on your device. Open it to learn more about the site and receive a digital stamp. Registered users who collect all tour stamps will be entered into a prize drawing.
Remember to enable location services on your mobile device. The Santa Fe Trail Landmark Tour is approximately 30 miles in length.
For additional information about FFNHA see http://freedomsfrontier.org.
Dodge City/Ft. Dodge/Cimarron Chapter presents weekly digital posts about the markers located in Ford & Gray Counties, KS. Posts can be found @santafetrail1821 or on Pinterest at: https://www.pinterest.com/santafetrail1/dodge-city-chapter-sft-markers/
200th Passport Activity (for McPherson, Rice & Barton Counties in Kansas). Pick up the "Passport Book" at your local museum or print one out online at www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com. Once you visit all the sites and collect the stamps, visit one of the following museums - the McPherson Museum in McPherson, KS; the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, KS; or the Barton County Historical Museum in Great Bend, KS - to have your book verified and enter the drawing for the Grand Prize of $200. For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS. Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Visit www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com for more information. This will be live and on ZOOM. Information for ZOOM program will be posted to the website or FaceBook @200thSantaFeTrailKansas approximately 3 days prior to the program.
Paddle Wheel to Wagon Wheel: Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center, Arrow Rock, MO. Displays of trade goods and supplies that would be included during the years of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Enjoy the history of the transport of the goods up the Missouri River by steamboat to Franklin, MO and then loaded onto wagons for the trek down the Trail. Contact info: Mike Dickey, Site Superintendent, or Cindy Imhoff, Interpretive Resource Specialist at the site: 660-837-3330. Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Missouri State Parks (mostateparks.com)
Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail by participating in a virtual art contest hosted by the National Park Service National Trails office. Participants will join a long tradition of artists taking inspiration from the Trail to create inspiring works of art. Submissions will be accepted through November 19, 2021. All submissions will become part of a digital exhibition on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail website intended to encourage creativity and reflection about the Trail’s anniversary.
Art can be submitted in five categories: Young Artist (ages 5-9), Junior Artist (ages 10-13), Young Adult Artist (ages 14-18), Adult Artist (ages 19+), and Advanced Artist (professional adult artists ages 19+). Winners in each category will be featured in a special digital exhibit on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail website and Facebook page.
Educational institutions are encouraged to get their students involved, both in and out of the classroom. Resources for teaching about the trail can be found on the Trail’s education webpage. Educators can contact the National Trails office at email@example.com with questions about submitting student work.
Visit the Santa Fe National Historic Trail website for more information about the submission process and contest rules (go.nps.gov/SantaFeTrailArt2021).
Read the press release online: https://nps.gov/safe/learn/news/2021-09-29-200th-virutal-art-contest.htm
Located at Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS. An Interactive Digital Tour Experience will guide an audience through the 35 miles of the Santa Fe Trail sites in Rice County, Kansas at the Coronado Quivira Museum and on the museum’s website at www.cqmuseum.org. Hour of the Coronado Quivira Museum are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
EXHIBIT: Since prehistoric times, trails have traversed the broad landscape of New Mexico. Native American trails of the 12th century and earlier connected Chaco Canyon to Casas Grandes (Mexico) and Cahokia Mounds (Illinois). In 1680 trails connected the Rio Grande pueblos and enabled their runners to carry secret codes coordinating the Pueblo Revolt. From 1598 to 1821, goods from Spain’s vast empire traveled over the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road to the Interior) from central Mexico to the remote northern frontier. Starting in 1821 the Santa Fe Trail brought American and Mexican merchants face to face. The Spanish Trail was forged in 1829, establishing the road from Santa Fe to the Pacific. In 1880, the railroad opened the door to tourists, health-seekers, anthropologists, artists, and writers. And with the completion of Route 66 in 1926, automobile tourism began to flourish. Today, ‘cyber’ trails bring the world to our fingertips. This exhibition, will be on display until August 2022 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87502-5378 (505) 982-2226 Admission charged. Open 1 to 4:00 p.m. Thursdays – Saturday. Ticket Information at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: Trails, Rails, and Highways
The Barton County Historical Society will host a program on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:00pm. The Barton County Historical Society is located at 85 US-281, Great Bend, KS 67530. Dr. Leo Oliva will present, "Commemorating 200 Years of the Santa Fe Trail: A Route of Commerce, Conquest, and Cultural Diversity." For further information: (620) 793-5125.
The Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host a meeting and program on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Goessel City Building on Cedar Street in Goessel, KS. Light refreshments (cookies, coffee, lemonade & water) and socializing will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Chapter's Annual Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. with a program following the business meeting. Dr. Leo Oliva will present, "Road of Conquest: Another View of the Santa Fe Trail."
The Flores del Sol Chapter of the Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is hosting a Rededication Ceremony of DAR Marker #43, Cow Creek Crossing (Buffalo Bill’s Well) on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as no seating is available at the site. In case of inclement or cold weather, the event will be held at in the auditorium at the K-State Research and Extension Building, 701 E. Main Lyons, KS. For more information Email DAR Flores del Sol Chapter Regent Cindy Sprenkle:
Mark Your Calendar!
The board members of the Wabaunsee County Historical Society graciously request your presence for the upcoming Fall Tour to be held October 24th at 1:00 p.m. This year's tour will center on the area around Wilmington and Harveyville with a special focus on the 200th
Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Stops will include the Wilmington Town Site, Harveyville
Cemetery, Squire Cantrell's barn, view of the original MAB Railroad tracks, and other points
of interest. And, refreshments of course!
Due to ongoing Covid concerns, we ask that you provide your own transportation. You can
be sure that Joe Johnson's name will come up, the author of the essay series we have been
publishing in the newsletter for the past year. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. The cost is $5 per person. For more information please call: (785) 765-2200.
The Taos County Historical Society is pleased to announce its next public program, “New Mexico: The French Presence since the 1500s” by distinguished author and independent scholar Francois-Marie Patorni on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 2:00pm in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos. Members of the Society are admitted free of charge and non-members are requested to make a $5 donation.
Francois-Marie Patorni is an independent scholar living in Santa Fe. He specializes in the history of the French-speaking people in New Mexico and the American southwest.
For further information visit www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org
The Corazon de los Caminos Chapter-SFTA and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation will join together to present programs to commemorate the meeting of Becknell & Gallegos near Las Vegas, NM. Ticket information for the Friday, November 12 event is available at: https://www.newsbreak.com/events/event-eventbrite-159136101363/new-mexico-santa-fe-trail-1821-2021-bicentennial-commemoration.
Friday, November 12, 2021 – Las Vegas, NM
Saturday, November 13, 2021 – Las Vegas, NM to Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, November 13, 2021 - End of the Trail Chapter-SFTA Activities:
Sunday, November 14, 2021 – Santa Fe
For more information, contact Corazon Chapter president, Doyle Daves at email@example.com or 505-426-8958 or End of Trail Chapter President, Joy Poole, at 505-660-1845.
The Workshop will focus on development of a new Strategic Plan for SFTA.
Located in Larned, KS.
Tentative dates Sept. 20 or 21-23 OR Sept. 27 or 28-30. Will be held in Kansas City area and hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter.
Located in Larned, KS
To commemorate when Becknell joined with Augustus Storrs and M. M. Marmaduke, both of whom were to become major factors in the trade with the southwest. This was the first large wagon train to trade with Santa Fe. It consisted of 25 wagons and carts, 81 men, 150 to 200 horses and mules and $30,000.00 in trade goods. The expedition returned with $180,000.00 in coins, and $10,000.00 in fur pelts.
Location TBD. 200th anniversary of the Sibley Survey, the Treaties with the Kaw and the Osage, and the First Mexican Traders travel the Santa Fe Trail to the east.