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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

 

------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 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 14, 2017:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association tour of Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum, located on US 64 (north side across from Fifth Street), Eagle Nest, NM and E-Town Museum, five miles north of Eagle Nest on NM 38.  For more information, contact chapter president, Dennis Schneider at 575-376-2527.

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 24, 2017:  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association.  Joint meeting and program with the Barton County Historical Society, 7:30 pm, Barton County Historical Society, 85 US Hwy 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The program will be a showing of the movie, “With Each Turn of the Wheel – The Santa Fe Trail: 1821 – 1996”, a film produced as part of the 175th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail in 1996 by New Mexico PBS and the Public Television Major Market Group.   In 1821, a handful of Missourians headed westward and were welcomed into a foreign land.  This event led to a trade route that would continue for more than 60 years, changing lives and fortunes forever. The film reexamines the history of this great American event from the point of view of the Hispanic and Native American residents of the New Mexican territory and was created as part of the ¡COLORES! series that explore the arts, music, history and culture of New Mexico and the American southwest.  For more information, contact chapter president, Linda Colle at blkcolle@swbell.net or 620-241-8719

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

July 29, 2017:    Dodge City, KS. Dodge City/Fort Dodge/Cimarron Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting, dinner, presentation and tour of Ft. Dodge.  Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Casey’s Cowtown, 503 E. Trail St, Dodge City, KS, where attendees can order off the menu (pay your own).  After a brief business meeting, Heather Douglas will provide insight into the lives of her great-great grandparents, Major Henry Douglass and his wife, Isadore and their children.  Major Douglass was in command of Fort Dodge Dec. 18, 1866, to May 25, 1869, which included it construction, and his wife, Isadore, died of cholera at Fort Dodge on Aug. 1, 1867.  There will be a question/answer period, with Dr. Leo Oliva providing insight into the military activities of Fort Dodge and following that, attendees can drive out to Fort Dodge for a self-guided auto tour of the buildings that were constructed under Major Douglass’s command and continue to be used 150 years later as the Kansas Soldier’s Home.  For more information, contact Pres. Bill Bunyan at 620-227-8203 or dchawk38@gmail.com

 

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

August 6, 2017:  Wet/Dry Routes Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and program.  Meet at 1 pm for an ice cream social which will include sandwiches.  Celeste Dixon, from Fort Larned will provide a program on the Buffalo Soldiers.  For location of meeting and more information, contact: 620-285-3295.

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, 2017Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association tour of Johnson Mesa and Manco Burro Pass, Colfax County, NM.  For more information, contact chapter president, Dennis Schneider at 575-376-2527.

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 a.m.: totality phase start at 1:10 p.m. 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 26, 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, 2017:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association tour at Doggert’s Corral on the CS Ranch, reported campsite of Kearney’s Troops.  Meet at the CS Ranch headquarters, 620C State Road 58, Cimarron, New Mexico 87714.  Bring your own picnic lunch.  For more information, contact chapter president, Dennis Schneider at 575-376-2527.

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 Pat Palmer at gpatpalmer@hotmail.com or 719-931-4323.

October 15, 2017:    Dodge City, KS. Dodge City/Fort Dodge/Cimarron Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting, dinner, presentation and dedication of signboard at Cimarron, KS.   The program will be presented by Dr. Leo Oliva.  More details will follow as arrangements are finalized. For more information, contact Pres. Bill Bunyan at dchawk38@gmail.com or 620-227-8203. 

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 20-22, 2017:  Smoky Hill Trail Association Annual Conference.  Burlington, CO.  For more information, visit www.smokyhilltrail.com or contact President, Elton Beougher at ebeoughe@fhsu.edu

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 20-21, 2018: SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Dodge City, KS
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 including 200th Commemoration Activities
April 17, 2021:  SFTA Spring Board of Directors Meeting, Location TBD

September 1, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association to host Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  To acknowledge the departure of William Becknell and companions, MRO will host a short program at the site of the SFTA markers at Franklin, then day-long activities at Arrow Rock, MO.  This will be a joint commemoration with Arrow Rock Missouri State Park (DNR) and Friends of Arrow Rock.  More details to follow.
September 4-5, 2021, Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  Weekend commemoration at Fort Osage.  Sponsored by MRO/SFTA, Jackson County Parks & Rec and the Society of Friends of Fort Osage.  More details to follow. 
September 8, 2021, Official 200th Commemoration ActivityMissouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host a program at Nine-Mile Point, Weltner Park at 79th and State Line Road in Prairie Village, KS.  Nine-Mile Point is the location where the early trace of the Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri state line in the 1820s. The site also represents the earliest official government documentation of any location on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1821 William Becknell and his small group of men on horseback documented this site as they traveled from frontier Missouri to Mexico’s northern colonial outpost, Santa Fe.  The first wagons to carry freight over the Santa Fe Trail crossed here in 1822. More details to follow.
Sept. 22, 2021:   SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting, LaJunta, CO
Sept. 22-26, 2021 Official 200th Commemoration Activity:  SFTA Symposium hosted by the Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Bent’s Fort National Historic Site.  Events will be held in La Junta, CO & at Bent’s Old Fort NHS and will include speakers, tours, and living history.  More details to follow.   

 

 

 

 



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The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.