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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


January 30, 2021:  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, “Santa Fe Trail Film Festival,” McPherson Opera House, 219 S Main St #4843, McPherson, KS 67460. For more information:www.santafetrail2021.com
February 9, 2021:  Program at the Elyria Christian School, 1644 Comanche Rd, McPherson, KS 67460. Pauline Sharp as her ancestor, “Chief Lucy.”  Lucy Tayiah Eads was the adopted daughter of Chief Wah-Shun-Gah, Principal Chief of the Kanza Tribe.  Lucy was elected the first woman Chief of the Kaw. For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.com
March 25-27, 2021:  Historical Society of New Mexico, 2021 New Mexico History Conference at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Proposed topics include the Santa Fe Trail and its 200th anniversary, as well as the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.  More information at:  http://www.hsnm.org/
April 22, 2021:  SFTA and National Trails Office-Santa Fe WORKSHOP, Larned, KS. For more information:  info@santafetrail.org

April 23, 2021:  SFTA Board of Directors Meeting, 9:00 a.m., Santa Fe Trail Center, 1349 K-156 Hwy, Larned, KS. For more information:  info@santafetrail.org

April 24, 2021:  Fort Larned Old Guard Spring Mess and Muster, Fort Larned National Historic Site near Larned, KS.  For more information: wagonmaster@santafetrail.org

April 25, 2021:  Wet/Dry Routes Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, Spring Meeting and Program, Larned, KS. 
April 27, 2021:  Inman Historical Society Annual Meeting, Santa Fe Trail theme program (to be determined). For more information www.santafetrail2021.com
May 14-15, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Bluegrass Festival, At the Riverwalk, Council Grove, KS. For more information contact Holly at 785-466-6356.

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

June 4, 2021:  An Evening on the Old Salt Road, Geneseo, KS.  5:30 pm.  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:  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.
June 5, 2021:  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 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 26, 2021:  Event at Old Mill Museum, Lindsborg, KS, “Mountain Men on the Santa Fe Trail,” including a Mountain Man Camp, Ice cream social during the afternoon and speaker, Tom Nestor, presenting on the history of the early fur trade from the Arkansas River trade to the Rocky Mountain trade. Discussion of the traders out of St. Joseph and St. Louis. Joseph Rubidoux and Andrew Henry and William Ashley. Importance of the traders in the opening of the west. The Ashley/Henry men as well as hands on beaver traps and weapons of the trade along with gear that would have been available to mountaineers of the 1820s. For more information:  www.facebook.com/200thSantafetrailKansas or  www.santafetrail2021.com
July 4, 2021:  American Legion Parade, Sterling, Kansas, with the theme being the Santa Fe Trail.  For more information www.santafetrail2021.com
July 10, 2021:  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association: Santa Fe Trail Bus Tour of the sites and history of the Trail within the Quivira Chapter (McPherson, Rice and Barton Counties, Kansas.) For more information:  www.facebook.com/200thSantafetrailKansas  or  www.santafetrail2021.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 councilgrove.com   
July 23, 2021:  Eastern McPherson County & Marion County Santa Fe Trail Days at the McPherson Museum, McPherson, KS.  Reception/Program:   Leo Oliva, presenting, “What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?” For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.com
July 24, 2021:  Eastern McPherson County & Marion County Santa Fe Trail Days; Galva, KS; Running Turkey Creek, Canton, KS and Western Marion County Fuller’s Ranch & Running Turkey Creek Crossing  For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.com
August 7, 2021:  “Little Arkansas Rendezvous” hosted by the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association.  Programs will focus on the Santa Fe Trail sites of Camp Grierson, Stone Corral, Swanson’s Swales and Fry’s Ruts.  For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.com
August 22, 2021:  Empire Days at Galva, KS with focus on the Santa Fe Trail.  For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.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 6, 2021:  Madonna Run, Council Grove, KS.  This annual event consists of a run/walk, and a Madonna “look-alike” short walk. Prizes will be awarded to winners and "most authentic" Madonna statue "look-alikes". For more information, contact Jan at 303-775-5901.
September 8, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host a gathering ram at Nine-Mile Point, Weltner Park at 79th and State Line Road in Prairie Village, KS.  The site 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. For more information: MRO Chapter President, Anne Mallinson annemallinson@gmail.com or Larry Short ldshort@comcast.net
Sept. 17-18, 2021:  “Trails to Rails to Trails” Community events to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th in Raytown, Missouri, 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 Park.  For more information, contact: ldshort@comcast.net  Sponsored by: Crane Brewing, 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, MO 64133, 816-743-4132 http://cranebrewing.com/
September 17-19, 2021: Rendezvous at Council Grove including the “Voices of the Wind People Pageant” which will be presented Sept. 17-18. Sunday events: TBA.  For more information contact the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 620.767.5413 or councilgrove.com   and https://www.facebook.com/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

Sept. 22, 2021:   Santa Fe Trail Association 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.  For more information, visit:  www.2021sfts.com

September 25, 2021:  Santa Fe Days at Inman, KS.  For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.com
September 25-26, 2021:  Santa Fe Trail Events, including Fair on the Square,” Lyons, KS; Sunset at Gunsight Notch; and Dedication of Plum Buttes marker at Ralph’s Ruts. For more information:  www.santafetrail2021.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 15-17, 2021:  Smoky Hill Trail Association Conference, location TBD.
Visit www.smokyhilltrail.com  for more information

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.  For more information, contact chapter president, Doyle Daves at davesgd@aim.com or 505-426-8958.

November 13, 2021: Old Mill Museum, Lindsborg, KS, “Finding Your Ancestors During the Santa Fe Trail Period.” For more information: www.santafetrail2021.com



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.