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SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS--2017

To determine events being held at the National Park sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, please visit the following links:
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

 

------February Events------


February 19, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS; “Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Hays,” presented by Barry Tompkins at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  2:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563


February 22, 2017:  Dedication Ceremony.   Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association, in partnership with Penn Valley Park Conservancy, the Kansas City Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service invites you to a dedication of a new wayside exhibit and two original plaques on the Westport Route of the Oregon-California-Santa Fe Historic Trails; 2:00 pm at Penn Valley Park, Memorial Drive and Wyandotte Street, south of the Liberty Memorial WWI Museum near the Federal Reserve Bank.  For more information, contact Ross Marshall at rossmarshall@mindspring.com

 

February 23, 2017:  Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, dinner, meeting and program.   Leo Oliva will present, “”Shadows on the Land:  African-American Women on the Santa Fe Trail.”  For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.

 

February 25, 2017:  Douglas County Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, annual winter meeting.  The meeting will be a potluck supper beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church at 8th Street and Grove in Baldwin City, Kansas. The meeting is open to the public. Please bring a dish to share. Besides a brief business meeting including election of officers and board members, we will have a presentation by Craig Voorhees entitled “The Route of the Army of the West between Ft. Leavenworth and the Santa Fe Trail.” For more information, contact chapter president Roger Boyd at roger.boyd@bakeru.edu or 785-594-3172.


------March Events------


March 11, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association “Geocaching Along the Trail.”  The geocache event, while for all members, is geared to inviting local youth along to learn about the Trail and participate in finding the geocaches in this area.  A side trip to see some wagon ruts in the area is also planned.   For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.


March 12, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Exposure to Such Deleterious Intentions: The Kanza and the Santa Fe Trail” presented by Ron Parks, historian, author and former administrator of the Kaw Mission Historic Site. Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 

March 16, 2017:  Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


March 18, 2017:  End of the Trail Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, meeting and presentation, 1:30 pm.  Sandra Doe, will present “Poetry of the Santa Fe Trail.” El Dorado Community Center, 1 Hacienda Loop. Turn right at Calle Amistad off of Hwy 285.  For more information: Joy Poole at amusejoy@msn.com or 505-820-7828.


March 18, 2017:  Frontier Skills Day at Bent's Old Fort NHS. Pre-registered participants experience the work of a trader, trapper-hunter, blacksmith, carpenter, domestic or laborer. Park staff and volunteers provide instruction in 19th century work skills commonly performed at the fort in the 1840s. The training is designed for adults and a $20 fee is charged. Click here for an application. Registration will be begin January 2, 2017.  For more information: (719) 383-5010 


March 19, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS.Frontier Military Posts and the Women that Called Them Home,” presented by Marla Matkin, at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  2:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563


------April Events------


April 8, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association:  Boggsville Clean-Up Day.  We will gather to help clean-up Boggsville Historic Site on Hwy 101, Las Animas, CO 81054.  Remember to bring along cleaning supplies. For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.


April 9, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Kansas, Kaw, and Lincoln”   presented by John Voehl, Abraham Lincoln re-enactor and historian.  Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org   


April 15, 2017: Fort Union, NM.  Junior Ranger Day at Fort Union, NM.   Bring your whole family out for a fun day of learning about Fort Union, the National Park Service and the rangers that work here. There will be a living history demonstration in the morning and a family‐friendly tour in the afternoon.  For more information:  (505) 425-8025  

 
April 20, 2017: Las Vegas, NM.   Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


April 21, 2017:  Salina, KS.  Santa Fe Trail Association and the National Park Service-National Trails Intermountain Region Joint Workshop.  9:00 a.m.  For more information, contact manager@santafetrail.org


April 22, 2017:  Santa Fe Trail Association Board of Directors Meeting, Salina, KS 9:00 a.m.  For more information, contact manager@santafetrail.org


April 27, 2017:  Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, dinner, meeting and program.   The program will be presented by John Sharp, “Samuel Wood:  Saint or Sinner.”  For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.

 

April 29, 2017:  Wet/Dry Routes Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association membership meeting, 9:00 a.m., in the Quartermaster Storehouse, Fort Larned NHS, held in conjunction with the Fort Larned Old Guard Annual Mess and Muster.  For more information, contact:  620-285-3295.

 

April 29, 2017:  Fort Larned Old Guard Annual Mess and Muster, “The Hancock Expedition & Hancock’s War:  150th Anniversary.”  Public Programs begin with Fort Larned museum and building tours on your own at 8:00 a.m.; first speaker at 10:00 a.m.  Following speakers in the morning, a car caravan will go to the Cheyenne and Lakota Village Site, for a site visit, speakers and Indian village encampment.  By 4:30, return to Fort Larned for the RETREAT ceremony, followed by dinner, a brief business meeting, awards and a program given by Cheyenne Chief Gordon Yellowman at the Quartermaster Storehouse, at Fort Larned NHS.  For more information:  620-285-6911

 

April 28-29, 2017:  Council Grove, KS.  “Seth Fest” – a town festival to honor Santa Fe Trail Trader, Seth Hays.  It will include tours of the historic sites, an art and music festival, barbecue, a look-alike contest, and of course, Seth Hays himself!  For more information:  councilgrove.com

 

------May Events------


May 7, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Songs of the Santa Fe Trail and the Flint Hills” a performance by the Tallgrass Express String Band on the South Lawn of the Kaw Mission; bring your own chairs.  Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 

May 12-14, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Weekend Trip from Clayton, NM to Wagon Mound and Fort Union.  For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

May 12, 2017:  Fort Union, NM U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony.  Join park staff and volunteers in welcoming individuals from around the globe as they take the final step to become Citizens of the United States by taking their Oath of Allegiance on the grounds of Fort Union National Monument. For more information:  (505) 425-8025  


May 18, 2017:  Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


May 27, 2017:   Night Sky Star Party at Fort Union, NM.  Come learn about the night skies over Fort Union and what makes them so special at the special night sky party. There will be a short presentation about astronomy and telescopes to look through. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. For more information:  (505) 425-8025   


May 27, 28 & 29, 2017:  Memorial Day at Fort Larned.  Join us for the largest living history event in western Kansas and experience a working frontier fort. The park will be open from 8:30 to 5:00.  For more information:  (620) 285-6911 

------June Events------

 

June 3, 2017:   Trails Day, 2017.  A joint meeting with Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Trails Head Chapter of the Oregon California Trails Association & the Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association at the Lone Elm Campground Park, 167th & Lone Elm Rd Olathe, Kansas.  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact ldshort@comcast.net


June 7-9, 2017:  Fort Union, NM Junior Ranger Camp: June 7 (ages 7‐8), June 8 (ages 9‐10), June 9 (ages 11‐12) 10:00AM –4:00PM Geared for the youngest of our visitors, the Junior Ranger Camp is an all‐day exploration of Fort Union’s unique cultural, natural, and military aspects. Each camp is limited to 20 ‐ so please call to make a reservation. Enrollment will be taken beginning May 1, 2017.   For more information:  (505) 425-8025   


June 7-11, 2017:  Living History Encampment at Bent’s Old Fort, CO.  This popular 5 day, 3 night living history event will provide participants the unique opportunity to learn about 1840s life by living it! You will be immersed in the role of trader, trapper-hunter, laborer, blacksmith, carpenter, Army Topographical Engineer or domestic cook. You will gain a much deeper understanding of the realities of the fur trade era in the American West. Participants will be provided study materials and lessons on interpretive skills, fur trade and living history. Living historians will teach and direct participants in use of 19th century work techniques and social skills. Click here for the tentative syllabus and here for an application. For more information:  (719) 383-5010 

 
June 10, 2017: Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association.  McEndree Ranch Tour (Near Pritchett, CO).  Come along and see some of the best wagon ruts in the area along the Fort Union Military Road.  We'll explore these ruts and other historic sites in the area. For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

June 11, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Sumner Expedition on the Santa Fe Trail”  presented by Deb Goodrich, historian, author, film maker, and host of “Around Kansas” TV show.   Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments.  For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org

 
June 14 – 17, 2017:  Salina, KS.  Little Bighorn Associates 44th Annual Conference.  This year’s theme for the conference is, “Custer Comes to Kansas” and will include tours and speakers.  For more information and registration information, visit:  http://thelbha.org/pdfs/conferenceInformation.pdf


June 15, 2017:  Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


June 16, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program, Kanza Ceremonial Dance Interpretation (Washunga Day activity) on the south lawn of the Kaw Mission; bring your own chairs. Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 


June 17‐18, 2017:  Fort Union. NM.  Fort Union Days--The annual two‐day special event will take place on the Fort Union National Monument park grounds.  This year’s event will highlight the contributions and heritage of the Buffalo Soldier.  For more information:  (505) 425-8025   


June 17 & 18, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS. “Salute to Fort Hays:  150 Years Guarding the Plains,” a weekend of history, entertainment, and 19th century festivities at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  2:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563

 

June 22, 2017: Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, dinner, meeting and program, featuring SFTA’s editor of Wagon Tracks, Ruth Friesen.  Ruth will provide the group with information about her role as editor.  For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.


June 28, 2017:  63rd Anniversary of Fort Union National Monument.  Come celebrate the birthday of Fort Union as a unit of the National Park Service. Join us for a special 10:00 am tour and 2:00 pm Ranger Program about the history of the National Park Service.  For more information:  (505) 425-8025.

 

------July Events------


July 1-3, 2017:  Fourth of July at Fort Larned, KS (Saturday, Sunday & Monday).  Celebrate our nation's birthday at one of the best preserved Indian Wars' Era fort along the Santa Fe Trail. The park will be open from 8:30 to 5:00.  For more information:  (620) 285-6911 


July 4, 2017:  Bent’s Old Fort, CO.  Join in the celebration of the 241st anniversary of the birth of the United States with period activities including a parade, cannon firings, speeches, and debates. The firing of the anvil will be acted out and kids can join in the fun of pinata breaks with salt water taffy and period games. You can register to win a 27 star flag that has flown over the fort for the past year. The celebration starts at 1:30 pm and lasts till 4:00 pm.  For more information:  (719) 383-5010  


July 6-9, 2017:  Fort Wallace, KS.  Fort Wallace, KS.  The “Great Fort Wallace and Western Kansas 1867 Exposition” will be celebrating the many historic events that took place in the year 1867, including the Hancock Expedition, the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty, the Kidder Massacre, the Battle at Fort Wallace, and the coming of the Railroad.   Fort Wallace will host guided bus tours, scholarly presentations, and a re-enactor’s encampment, as well as the unveiling of a major new Western artwork.  For more information:  www.ftwallace.com


July 8, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Speaker TBA.  For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

July 8, 2017:  Kid's Quarters at Bent’s Old Fort NHS.  Children, ages 7 to 11, are invited to “step back in time” and experience the life of a trapper-hunter, journalist, domestic cook, laborer, carpenter, blacksmith, soldier or trader. Hands-on activities focus on the work of the 1840s at a fur trading post. Pre-registration required. Application for the event will be available at thie site starting May 1, 2017.  For more information: (719) 383-5010

 
July 6-9, 2017:  150th Anniversary Event at Fort Wallace, KS, “The Great Fort Wallace and Western Kansas 1867 Exposition.”   Events will be centered at the Fort Wallace Museum, 2655 Highway 40, Wallace, KS 67761.  There will be tours, a history symposium featuring Kansas and nationally-known historians, and a re-enactment experience on the Fort Wallace Museum grounds. A major artwork will be unveiled and the Museum will formally open the Milford Becker addition, with brand new exhibits on Western history. On Saturday night, July 8, nationally-known recording artist Michael Martin Murphey will be featured in concert. For more information and ticket information, visit the Fort Wallace Memorial Association website at www.ftwallace.com or call (785) 891-3564


July 9, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Story of the Osage and the Santa Fe and Osage Trail” presented by Ken Spurgeon, historian, teacher and film maker, “Lone Chimney Films” Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 


July 20, 2017:  Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


July 22, 2017:  Night Sky Star Party at Fort Union, NM.  Come learn about the night skies over Fort Union at the special night sky party. There will be a short presentation about astronomy and telescopes to look through. The presentation will start at 7:30 p.m.  For more information:  (505) 425-8025

 

July 27, 2017: 166th Anniversary of Fort Union’s Establishment.  A special program and tour in commemoration of the 166th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Fort Union.   For more information:  (505) 425-8025   


------August Events------

 

August 12, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, group field trip from Trinidad to Stonewall, CO. For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

August 12, 2017:  Candlelight Tours at Fort Union, NM.  Walk under the stars and back into history, to witness historical based skits which bring to life the stories of Fort Union’s past. Each tour is limited to 20 – please call to make a reservation beginning on July 15, 2017. Tour times TBA.   For more information:  (505) 425-8025   


August 17, 2017:  Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


August 21, 2017:  Total Eclipse along the Santa Fe Trail – Independence to Franklin, MO.  Arrow Rock State Historic Site is directly in the center path of the eclipse; partial phase start: 11:44: totality phase start at 1:10 pm. Duration of Totality: 2:41.6 minutes Obscuration: 100.0% Magnitude: 1.015

 

August 24, 2017: Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, dinner, meeting and program.   Malcolm Strom will speak about Captain Silas S. Soule and the Sand Creek Massacre.  During the attack at Sand Creek, Soule and his company of soldiers refused to fight and Soule was one of the first to testify against Chivington during the Army's investigation in January 1865 and following those events, Soule was assassinated on the streets of Denver. For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.

 

August 20 or 27, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS.Kansas Baseball:  1858-1941,” presented by Mark Eberle, along with a vintage baseball game at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  2:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563

 

------September Events------

 

September 2-4, 2017:  Labor Day Weekend at Fort Larned, KS (Saturday, Sunday, & Monday).  Re-enactors bring the fort back to life for the holiday weekend. The park will be open from 8:30 to 5:00. Check back closer to the date for a detailed schedule of events for the weekend. For more information:  (620) 285-6911 


September 9‐10, 2017:  Camp of Instruction at Fort Union, NM.  Step back into history and witness the training of Company “A” of the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, one of many Union Hispanic regiments organized at Fort Union that once defended the New Mexico Territory during the Civil War.   For more information:  (505) 425-8025. 

  
September 16, 2017:   First Fort & Arsenal Tours at Fort Union, NM.  Only open to the public once a year, the First Fort and Arsenal site offers the unique opportunity to walk the grounds where Fort Union’s legacy began in 1851. Visitors will be led by car caravan from the visitor’s center to the First Fort and Arsenal site. 1st Tour 9:00 AM; 2nd Tour 10:30 AM; 3rd Tour 12:15 PM; Final Tour 2:00 PM.  For more information:  (505) 425-8025.


September 17, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS. “The Archeology of Ellis County &  Fort Hays,” and collections from Fort Hays, presented by Bob Hoard, Kansas State Archeologist at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  2:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563


September 21, 2017Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


Sept. 27, 2017:  Santa Fe Trail Association Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061, 9:00 a.m.  For more information, contact manager@santafetrail.org


Sept. 27-30, 2017: Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium, Olathe, KS.  Hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter and the Douglas County Chapter, Olathe, KS.  The theme will be:  “The Santa Fe Trail: America's First Highway of International Commerce”.  More information can be found on the homepage of www.santafetrail.org

 

------October Events------


October 7-8, 2017:  Fur Trade Encampment at Bent’s Old Fort NHS - The trading post comes to life as we celebrate the trappers, traders and tribes associated with the fur trade in the Southwest during the 1830s and 1840s. Fifty or more living history volunteers demonstrate 19th century skills at the fort and in camps set up along the Arkansas River.  (719) 383-5010 


October 14:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Iron Springs and other Historic Sites along Hwy 350
October 8, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Archeological Investigations at the Last Chance Store” presented by Bob Blasing, Principle Investigator for the 2016 Kansas Historical Society Field School, Retired Area Archeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation.  Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 


October 13-15, 2017:  Smoky Hill Trail Association Annual Conference.  Burlington, CO.  For more information, contact President, Elton Beougher at ebeoughe@fhsu.edu


October 14, 2017:  Candlelight Tour at Fort Larned, KS.  Entertaining evening tours with vignettes from the fort's history. The first tour starts at 7:30 pm and then every 15 minutes after that until the last tour at 10:45 pm. Tour size is limited to 20 people. We will begin taking reservations at 8:30 am on Monday, September 25, 2017.  For more information:  (620) 285-6911 


October 14, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association.  Field trip visiting historic sites along Hwy. 350, including Iron Springs and other historic locations along Hwy 350.
For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

October 19, 2017:  Las Vegas, NM.  Join Fort Union, the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation for “Glimpses of the Past” presentations that encompass the bountiful natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Southwest. Most presentations will take place at 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM at 7:00 pm.  Contact Fort Union for the complete presentation list at (505) 425-8025 


October 26, 2017:  Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, dinner, meeting and a program that will feature Chapter member, Pauline Sharp, speaking about the Kaw Indians.   For more information, contact chapter president, Steve Schmidt at wfordok@yahoo.com or 620-245-0715.

 

October 27, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Murder at the Mission,” a Murder Mystery Social Event. Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 


October 28, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS. “Graveside Conversations,” at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  7:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563


October 29, 2017: 150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS. “Elizabeth Polly, the Blue-Light Lady,” presented by John Vincent and Ethel Taylor, at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  2:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563


------November Events------


November 11, 2017: Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Education Meeting, speaker TBA.   For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

November 12, 2017: Council Grove, KS. Kaw Mission Council 2017 Program “Woman Writers of the Santa Fe Trail“  presented by Leo Oliva, Santa Fe Trail historian, author and former professor at Fort Hays State.  Sponsored by the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc. and the Kansas Historical Society.  Open to the public with free refreshments. For information:  620-767-5410, kawmission@kshs.org 


------December Events------


December 1-2, 2017:  Traditional Holiday Celebration at Bent’s Old Fort NHS
Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. On Saturday there will be toy making in the shops, wagon rides, pinata breaks, yule log hunt, period games, frontier cooking, and blacksmithing. Reservations for the candle light tours are required and can be made after November 1, 2017 by calling (719) 383-5026.


December 1 & 2, 2017:  150th Commemoration of Fort Hays, KS.  “Christmas Past,” at Historic Fort Hays, 1472 US Highway 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601.  7:00 – 9:00 p.m., for more information, call:  (785) 625-6812 or http://www.kshs.org/p/fort-hays/19563


December 9, 2017:  Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association  Board 2018 Planning Meeting.  For more information, contact chapter president Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

December 9, 2017:  Christmas Open House at Fort Larned, KS. Old-fashioned Yuletide celebration with hot apple cider, cookies, Christmas carols, and pictures with Santa. 1:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information:  (620) 285-6911 

 

------FUTURE EVENTS------

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2018 EVENTS

April 19-21, 2018: SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 20, 2018:  SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Larned, KS
Sept. 20-22, 2018:  Rendezvous 2018, Larned, KS
                                                                      
--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2019 EVENTS
March 30, 2019: SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 25, 2019:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, St. Louis, MO 
Sept. 25-28, 2019:  SFTA Symposium, “Gateway to Santa Fe,” St. Louis, MO.

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2020 EVENTS

April 16-18, 2020:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 24, 2020:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Larned, KS
Sept. 24-26, 2020:   Rendezvous 2020, Larned, KS

 

--SANTA FE TRAIL ASSOCIATION 2021 EVENTS

April 17, 2021:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD
Sept. 22, 2021:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, LaJunta, CO
Sept. 22-26, 2021:  SFTA Symposium, La Junta, CO & Bent’s Old Fort NHS

 

 

 



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