The 2021 Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Symposium
Bent’s Fort Chapter Event
La Junta, Colorado
The Santa Fe Trail Lives On:
200 Years of Commerce & Cultural Connections
Living History Program
Concurrent with the symposium, Bent’s Old Fort NHS will host a living history program open to both the general public as well as symposium participants.
Symposium attendees, participants and the general public will not only be able to learn about the Santa Fe Trail and Southern Fur trade from distinguished historians’ formal presentations but will be able to experience what life was like in 1846 at Fort William (Bent’s Fort).
Everyone will have the opportunity to observe, study and interact with experienced
Living Historians, historic reenactors and demonstrators who will assume the prevalent
roles of the Santa Fe Trail teamsters, travelers, and fort employees who would have
been found at the fort during its heyday. Teamsters, traders, and travelers along
the Santa Fe Trail trappers and hunters, blacksmiths and carpenters, domestics and
laborers and other employees of the Bent & St. Vrain Co. will take their place at
Bent’s Fort for the duration of the Symposium. These men, women, and children will
reveal through their activities, conversations and demonstrations what life might
have been like a hundred and seventy-
Come and immerse yourself in a way of life that has long since disappeared!
Note; Participation as a living history interpreter is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating in the living history program requirements may be found here.