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Santa Fe Trail Association – Calendar of Events
To submit an event for consideration on this calendar of events, please visit the following link: www.santafetrail.org/forms/calendar-form.html

 

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
~2021 Events~
Throughout 2021:  Santa Fe Trail Association GeoTour.  https://www.geocaching.com/play/geotours/santa-fe-trail
Throughout 2021:  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/
January 1 – March 31, 2021: Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Photo Contest. Entry information and rules at www2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
January 30, 2021:  2:00 p.m.  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, ZOOM Program presented by Dave Kendall, “The Making of the Santa Fe Trail 200th Documentary.”  Information for ZOOM will be posted on to www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com or Facebook @200thSantaFeTrailKansas approximately 3 days prior to the program.  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
Beginning February 1, 2021 – throughout 2021:  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association 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  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
February – December, 2021:  EXHIBIT:  Buffalo Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail  Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:am – 1:00pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday  www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
February 9, 2021:  7:00 p.m.  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, ZOOM Program presented by Pauline Sharp as “Chief Lucy,” the first woman chief of the Kanza. Pauline will tell the story of the Kanza (Kaw) people through the character of her grandmother, Lucy Tayiah Eads. ZOOM Program– Information for ZOOM will be posted on to www2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com or Facebook @200thSantaFeTrailKansas approximately 3 days prior to the program. For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
March 1-5, 2021: Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents, “Read Across the Santa Fe Trail,” for youth/adults “Read Across the Santa Fe Trail” to Coincide with Read Across America.  Visit the public libraries in McPherson, Rice and Barton counties in Kansas, or your own town and read about the Santa Fe Trail! www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com

March 13, 2021:  Fort Wallace Museum - Annual Symposium:Taking the Smoky Hill Trail to Santa Fe!”  A special area of focus will be the "Hell on Wheels" town of Sheridan which became a jumping off place for freight to and from Santa Fe.  Located in Wallace, KS.  For more information:  museum@ftwallace.com or 785-891-3564.

April 14, 2021: 12 Noon--Finney County Historical Museum program, “The Santa Fe Trail: Interstate of the 1800's,” presented by Linda Peters, President of the Wagonbed Springs Chapter of the SFTA. Finney County Historical Society, 403 S. 4th Street (@ Finnup Park), Garden City, KS.  For more information: 620-272-3664.
April 17, 2021:  2:00 p.m.-- Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents,  Jay Clark, “Buffalo Soldiers:  Protecting the Santa Fe Trail at the Barton County Historical Museum 85 U.S. 281 Great Bend, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
April 20, 2021:  7:00 p.m. -- Finney County Historical Museum presents a program by Dr. Leo E. Oliva, “The Santa Fe Trail, an Overview,” at the Finney County Historical Society, 403 S. 4th Street (@ Finnup Park), Garden City, KS. 620-272-3664
April 23, 2021:  9:00 a.m. -- SFTA and National Trails Office-Santa Fe WORKSHOP, Hass Building, 400 E 18th St, Larned, KS or via ZOOM.  To attend via ZOOM, contact president@santafetrail.org for an invitation.  For more information:  info@santafetrail.org

April 24, 2021:  9:00 a.m. -- SFTA Board of Directors Meeting, Hass Building, 400 E 18th St, Larned, KS or via ZOOM.  To attend via ZOOM, contact president@santafetrail.org for an invitation.  For more information:  info@santafetrail.org
April 27, 2021:  7:00 p.m. -- Inman Historical Society Annual Meeting, Santa Fe Trail theme presented by Deb Goodrich.  For more information www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com or Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
May 1, 2021:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pots ‘N Pedals – Sterling SFT Theme, Downtown Sterling, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
May 14-15, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Bluegrass Festival, At the Riverwalk, Council Grove, KS. Attend and enjoy, or plan on participating. For more information contact Holly at 785-466-6356 or  www.santafetrail200.com

May 22, 2021:  11:00 a.m. -- DAR Wreath Laying Ceremony & Rededication of DAR Marker near Fort Dodge, KS. For more information, contact:  9pwinger@gmail.com

June 3, 2021:  8:00pm -- Main Street Sterling Summer Concert Series presents, Jeff Davidson kicks off the Main Street Sterling Summer Concert Series, with a musical history of the Santa Fe Trail and  brings to life the distance, danger, opportunity, and magic of Trail travel.  At  Studio 96, 121 S. Broadway, Sterling KS. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 4, 2021:  5:30 p.m. -- Jim Gray presents, “An Evening on the Old Salt Road” Geneseo, KS.  Noted historian and writer, Jim Gray commemorates the trail that connected the Smoky Hill Trail to Cow Creek Crossing on the Santa Fe Trail and provides a history of the trail that passed by the location of present-day Geneseo. The program will be at the Geneseo City Museum, 907 Silber AVE. Geneseo, KS.  Events will include: Reenactors representing the hunting camp of Smoky Hill Thompson, a local frontiersman, Kansas frontier music by Zerf (Dave Zerfas) along with a Camp stew and biscuits feed.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.santafetrail2021.com
June 5, 2021:  National Trails Day – sponsored by the American Hiking Society.   Held on the first Saturday in June, the day recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation, exposure to nature and experiencing historic trails. Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of services the trails systems offer. The day encourages people to discover their local trails and share their excitement for the outdoors. Various events observed nationally https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/
June 5, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- Douglas County Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, Dedication of new hiking trail and exhibits at Black Jack Park & Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve, east of Baldwin City, KS.  Details to be announced.  For more information:  Roger Boyd roger.boyd@bakeru.edu
June 7-11, 2021:  1:00-5:00 p.m. each day – Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents, “Ride into History Camp”, Barton County, KS.  Barton County Museum Barton County Historical Museum, 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend, KS. Learn to be a Historical Performer!  Ride into History will share their expertise on becoming a historical performer in a week-long camp.  Create a historic persona of a someone from the period of the Santa Fe Trail and “become” that person!  On Friday evening performance of characters created will be shared with the public.  Registration is required -- opens April 1, 2021. $50 Fee, Scholarships Available.  Class size is limited to 20 at each location. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 11, 2021: Evening Program of “Ride Into History” Historical Performances; open to Public.  Barton County Museum Barton County Historical Museum, 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend, KS.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 12, 2021:  Symphony in the Flint Hills on the Santa Fe Trail.  The 2021 Signature Event will take place on North Lakeview Pasture near Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas.  For more information and to order tickets: https://symphonyintheflinthills.org/
June 13-20. 2021: Mountain Man Rendezvous on the Santa Fe Trail, Raton, NM.  A re-creation of the mountain man era, pre-1840s, on the Santa Fe Trail. Hosted by the NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM.  For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/sftrendezvous/ or contact Joe Kierst at htowngogs@gmail.com or 575-425-5433
June 14-18, 2021:  1:00-5:00 p.m. each day – Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents, “Ride into History Camp”, Rice County, KS.  K-State Research and Extension Bldg,, 701 E. Main Lyons, KS. Learn to be a Historical Performer!  Ride into History will share their expertise on becoming a historical performer in a week-long camp.  Create a historic persona of a someone from the period of the Santa Fe Trail and “become” that person!  On Friday evening performance of characters created will be shared with the public.  Registration is required -- opens April 1, 2021. $50 Fee, Scholarships Available.  Class size is limited to 20 at each location. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 18, 2021: Evening Program of “Ride Into History” Historical Performances; open to Public. K-State Research and Extension Bldg, 701 E. Main Lyons, KS.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 21-25, 2021:  1:00-5:00 p.m. each day– Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents, “Ride into History Camp”, McPherson County, KS.  McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  Learn to be a Historical Performer!  Ride into History will share their expertise on becoming a historical performer in a week-long camp.  Create a historic persona of a someone from the period of the Santa Fe Trail and “become” that person!  On Friday evening performance of characters created will be shared with the public.  Registration is required -- opens April 1, 2021. $50 Fee, Scholarships Available.  Class size is limited to 20 at each location. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 25, 2021:  Evening Program of “Ride Into History” Historical Performances; open to Public.  McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
June 26, 2021:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. -- Event at Old Mill Museum, 120 E. Mill Street, Lindsborg, KS, “Mountain Men on the Santa Fe Trail, including:

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm:  Mountain Man Camp. 
  • 1:00 - 2:00p.m:  Ice cream social.
  • 2:00 p. m: Tom Nestor presents, “History of the early fur trade from the Arkansas River trade to the Rocky Mountain trade” 

All events at the Old Mill Museum, 120 E. Mill Street, Lindsborg, KS. For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

July 3, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- American Legion Parade, Sterling, Kansas, with the theme being the Santa Fe Trail.  Parade route:  south on Broadway from Washington St. to Garfield St., Sterling, KS.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
July 10-14, 2021:  Rice County, KS 4-H Fair; Santa Fe Trail Theme, Celebration Centre, 1108 U.S. Highway 56, Lyons, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
July 16, 17, and 18, 2021: “Gunfight on the Santa Fe Trail,” Council Grove, KS.  Enjoy a weekend of family entertainment with old west reenactments, art, poetry, and trail "grub." For more information contact the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 620.767.5413 or www.santafetrail200.com     
July 18 – 31, 2021: “Story Walk in the Park” Book:  Lewis and Papa: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail by Barbara Joosse(pages of a story are posted through the park; participants read the story as they follow the “Story Walk”.) Story Walk hosted by the Moundridge Public Library and will be posted in the Moundridge City Park on Cole Street, 24/7 for two weeks. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
July 19, 2021:  6:30 p.m. -- Moundridge Public Library, Adult Book Club - Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marian Russell Along the Santa Fe Trail.  Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave., Moundridge, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  Library phone:  620-345-6355
July 22, 2021:  10:00 a.m.-- Moundridge Public Library, Junior Book Club - All the Stars in the Sky.  Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave., Moundridge, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  Library phone:  620-345-6355
July 23, 2021:  Eastern McPherson County & Marion County Santa Fe Trail Days at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  6:00 p.m.--Appetizers, Cocktails and Dinner, followed at 7:00 p.m, by speaker Dr. Leo E. Oliva presenting: “What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?” For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-504-9549, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

July 24, 2021:  Eastern McPherson County & Marion County Santa Fe Trail Days;
9:30 am: Speaker John Stratton, “The Story of Fullers’ Ranch and Ed Miller’s Grave” Galva Fire Station, 300 S. Main, Galva, KS
9:00am-4:00pm:  Events at Running Turkey Creek, a campsite on the Santa Fe Trail, 1 mile east and 2 miles south of  Galva, KS on 22nd Ave, just before Iron Horse Road.  Featuring:

  • Cheyenne Encampment – Keven Hiebert
  • Military Infantry Escort Camp – Rex and Dustin Abrahams
  • Woman on the Santa Fe Trail – Emma Perera
  • Cherokee Trail Connection to the Santa Fe Trail – Brian Stucky
  • Empire Cemetery – Early day settlers of Empire and Galva, KS, Time TBD

1:00-3:00pm:   Reenactment at Jones Cemetery- Ed Miller’s Grave; 2 miles east of Canton, Kansas on Highway 56 and approximately 1/2 mile north.
1:00 -- 2:00 pm:  French Franks’ Ranche – Walking Tours
Marion County, on 245th Road, about ¼ mile West of Chisholm Trail Road
www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  For more information:  quivira.sfta@gmail.com or 620-504-9549

August 4-9, 2021:  American Solar Challenge on the Santa Fe Trail.  Start Independence, MO and end in Santa Fe, NM The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. Teams compete between multiple cities across the country. The event has had over two decades of organized events in North America.  In 2021, in observance of the Santa Fe Trail 200th the challenge will start in Independence, MO and end in Santa Fe, NM. https://www.americansolarchallenge.org/  For more information, contact:  jessica_ostfeld@partner.nps.gov
August 7, 2021:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. -- “Little Arkansas Rendezvous” hosted by the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association.  Programs will focus on life on the Santa Fe Trail at the sites of Camp Grierson, Stone Corral – including a Buffalo Soldiers Camp, Swanson’s Swales and Fry’s Ruts.  For more information:  www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com   quivira.sfta@gmail.com or 620-504-9549

August 10, 1821 – Missouri becomes a state.

August 24, 1821 – Treaty of Cordoba; Mexican Independence from Spanish rule.

August 27-29, 2021: “Military on the Santa Fe Trail” Events to be held at Council Oak Park, Council Grove, KS.  Activities and times to be determined.  www.santafetrail200.com 
August 28, 2021:  1:00 p.m. -- Empire Days at Galva, KS . Program:  Infantry Soldier of the 1860s. presented by Rex Abrahams, volunteer at Fort Larned NHS, at the Galva Fire Station, 300 S. Main, Galva, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com For more information:  quivira.sfta@gmail.com or 620-504-9549

August 28-29, 2021:  “Grillin' on the Trail BBQ Contest,” Council Oak Park, Council Grove, KS. Details, Applications and Prizes to be announced.  www.santafetrail200.com

September 1, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association:  To acknowledge the departure of William Becknell and companions, MRO will host a short program at the site of the SFTA markers at Franklin.  Day-long activities will be held at Arrow Rock, MO.  This will be a joint commemoration with Arrow Rock Missouri State Park (DNR) and Friends of Arrow Rock. For more information: MRO Chapter President, Anne Mallinson annemallinson@gmail.com or Larry Short ldshort@comcast.net
September 4-5, 2021:  Weekend commemoration at Fort Osage.  Sponsored by MRO/SFTA, Jackson County Parks & Rec and the Society of Friends of Fort Osage.  For more information: MRO Chapter President, Anne Mallinson annemallinson@gmail.com or Larry Short ldshort@comcast.net
September 4, 2021:  10:00 a.m. “Madonna Trudge” Council Grove, KS.  This annual event consists of a run/walk, and a Madonna “look-alike” short walk. Prizes will be awarded to winners including "most authentic" Madonna statue "look-alikes". Start and finish at the Madonna of the Trail Statue, Council Grove, KS. For more information, contact Jan at 303-775-5901. https://www.santafetrail200.com/dar-madonna-trudge
September 11, 2021: “Raytown’s Festival on the Trails” Community events to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th in Raytown, MO.  Hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Raytown Chamber of Commerce, the Raytown Historical Soc., the Raytown Parks Dept., the Rice-Tremonti House, and Cave Spring Association.  For more information, contact: ldshort@comcast.net or president@raytownchamber.com
September 17-18, 2021: Rendezvous at Council Grove including the “Voices of the Wind People Pageant,” Mountain Men Exposition, Antique Wagon Show, Blacksmith, Wheelwright, Non-motorized Parade, and participation of the Kaw Tribe.  For more information contact the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 620.767.5413 or www.santafetrail200.com or on Facebook @voicesofthewindpeople  
September 17-19, 2021:  City of Burlingame, Santa Fe Trail Days.  Plans are being developed to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th in Burlingame.  For more information, contact Sheila Curtis at shellicurti@gmail.com

September 22, 2021:   Santa Fe Trail Association Fall Board of Directors Meeting, LaJunta, CO

September 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.  For more information, visit:  www.2021sfts.com

September 25, 2021:  Santa Fe Days at Inman, KS.  For more information: www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

September 25-26, 2021:  9:00 – 4:00 p.m. Santa Fe Trail Events, including Fair on the Square,” Courthouse Square, Lyons, KS; Bike Ride, Horse Ride Time/ location TBD; Sunset at Gunsight Notch; and Dedication of Plum Buttes Massacre Memorial—Dinner in the Ruts at Ralph’s Ruts, West of Chase, KS on 4th road, ¾ miles north of Highway 56.  For more information:  quivira.sfta@gmail.com or 620-504-9549  www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

Fall 2021—EXHIBIT:  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  Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 10:am – 1:00pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.  www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
September 27 – October 3, 2021:  Trinidad, CO/Raton, NM:  Regional Santa Fe Trail Commemorative Events.  For more information:  marty.hackett@trinidad.co.gov
October 2-3, 2021:  Maxwell Wildlife Refuge – Mountain Man Rendezvous; 2565 Pueblo Road, Canton, KS.  For more information:  620-654-7230    maxwellwildliferefuge@gmail.com
October 15-17, 2021:  Smoky Hill Trail Association Conference, location TBD.
Visit www.smokyhilltrail.com  for more information

October 17, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents a program by Robert Yarmer, “Tales from the Trail and the Beyond” at the Ellinwood Senior Center, 103 N. Main St., Ellinwood, KS  www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
November 12-14, 2021:  Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association 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.  This is currently in the planning stage and more information will be posted as it becomes available.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

November 13, 2021: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. -- Old Mill Museum, 120 E. Mill Street, Lindsborg, KS, “On the Trail to Your Ancestors!”  Learn how to research you ancestors that traveled on the Santa Fe Trail.  For more information: www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com
November 16, 2021:  200th Anniversary of the arrival of William Becknell and his trading party in Santa Fe.  Details of any commemoration events will be forthcoming.


~2022 Events~
January 30, 2022:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and luncheon in Boonville, MO commemorating the return of Becknell from Santa Fe.  Contact for more information:  annemallinson@gmail.com or ldshort@comcast.net
April 1-2, 2022:  9:00 a.m. – SFTA Spring Workshop & Board of Directors Meeting, Dodge City, KS.  The Workshop will focus on development of a new Strategic Plan for SFTA.
May 22, 2022:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and luncheon in Arrow Rock, MO commemorating Becknell’s second journey to Santa Fe (with 3 wagons).  Contact for more information:  annemallinson@gmail.com or ldshort@comcast.net
September 22, 2022: 9:00 a.m. SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting.
September 22-24, 2022: RENDEZVOUS 2022, Larned, KS.  “Youth on the Santa Fe Trail” will be the theme.

 

~2023 Events~
April 14-15, 2023:  Spring Workshop & Board Meeting.  Location TBD.
2023 SFTA Symposium:  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.


~2024 Events~
April 12-13, 2024:  SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting; location to be determined
Sept. 26-28, 2024:  SFTA Fall Board Meeting & RENDEZVOUS, Larned, KS
1824 – 2024:  200th anniversary of Wm.  Becknell’s third, and final trip to Santa Fe, 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.


~2025 Events~
March 28-29, 2025:  SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting, location to be determined.
Sept. 24-27, 2025:  SFTA Fall Board Meeting & Symposium, location to be determined.  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.



Our Mission
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.