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Santa Fe Trail Association

Bent’s Old Fort NHS

Otero Junior College

City of La Junta

Koshare Indian Museum




The 2021 Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Symposium

Bent’s Fort Chapter Event

La Junta, Colorado

September 23-26, 2021

The Santa Fe Trail Lives On:

200 Years of Commerce & Cultural Connections

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2021 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday September 22

Thursday September 23

Friday  September 24

Saturday September 25

Sunday September 26

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Symposium Registration at Otero Junior College (OJC) Humanities Center, 18th & Colorado Ave., La Junta.  Parking:  Large parking lot between Koshare Kiva and OJC Gymnasium—across street from Humanities Center, Ed Stafford Theater.

7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Symposium Registration at Otero Junior College (OJC) Humanities Center, 18th & Colorado Ave., La Junta.  Parking:  Large parking lot between Koshare Kiva and OJC Gymnasium—across street from Humanities Center, Ed Stafford Theater.

7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Symposium Registration at Otero Junior College (OJC) Humanities Center, 18th & Colorado Ave., La Junta.  Parking:  Large parking lot between Koshare Kiva and OJC Gymnasium—across street from Humanities Center, Ed Stafford Theater.


7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Symposium Registration at Otero Junior College (OJC) Humanities Center, 18th & Colorado Ave., La Junta.  Parking:  Large parking lot between Koshare Kiva and OJC Gymnasium—across street from Humanities Center, Ed Stafford Theater.

8:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Living History @ Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2021 Santa Fe Trail Youth Symposium

Thirty-five 6-8 grade students and their teachers representing several southeast Colorado schools have pre-registered for a special “Youth Symposium” preceding the full Symposium. The Youth Symposium will focus on hands-on learning experiences at Boggsville Historic Site and Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, in keeping with Colorado State Educational Standards for Social Studies.  Please see the Youth Activities tab on the symposium website (/youthactivitie s.html) for additional information.

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Living History @  Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy. 194

Camps:

 Hunters

 Merchants

 Fremont Expedition

 Snively Expedition

 Cibolero



Trail Tour Participants 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. Pick up Box Lunches @ OJC Humanities Center (Box Lunches for Tour Participants Only)

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. – Board Buses @ OJC Gymnasium Parking Lot

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Trail Tour #2 “Headed Back to Independence”

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Living History @ Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy. 194

Camps:

 Hunters

 Merchants

 Fremont Expedition

 Snively Expedition

Cibolero

10:00 a.m.

Church Service @ Boggsville Historic Site

Pastor Gary Pritchard

8:00AM-4:00PM

Santa Fe Trail Assn

Board of Directors

Meeting

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vendors, Authors and Displays @ OJC Humanities Center

8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Vendors, Authors and Displays @ OJC Humanities Center

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vendors, Authors and Displays @ OJC Humanities Center


12:00 Noon

Group Photo (Living Historians and Speakers) at Bent’s Old Fort


3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Vendor Check-in @ OJC Humanities Center


8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Opening Ceremony @ OJC Ed Stafford Theater in the Humanities Center

 Master of Ceremonies:  Ed Stafford

 Bent’s Fort Chapter, President, Kevin Lindahl

 Santa Fe Trail President, Larry Short

 La Junta Dignitaries

Speakers’ Presentations

 8:15 William Gwaltney: “Mixed Blood:  Life, Love, and Lineage among the First Families of the Santa Fe Trail

 9:00 Visit Vendors

 9:15 Dr. Susan Callafate Boyle: “The Santa Fe Trade Merchants and their Merchandise:  Going Down to Mexico, 1825 – 1846.”

 10:00 Visit Vendors

 10:15 John F. Steinle: “Most All Proves Fatal”:  Pandemics and the Santa Fe Trail

 11:00 Visit Vendors

 11:15 Dr. David C. Beyreis: “Business, Politics and Power on the Santa Fe Trail:  The Transcontinental World of Bent, St. Vrain and Company, 1829-1849.

Non-Tour Participants 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Living History @ Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, 35110 Hwy. 194

Demonstrations in the Fort at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 9:00 a.m. Lloyd Britton & Jim Sebastian, “Animal Packing Demonstration” – Corral

 10:00 a.m. Clay Landry, “Spanish Horse Tack on the Trail” – Wagon Shed

 11:00 a.m. Bob Larison,” Blacksmithing in Mexico and on the trails at Bent’s Old Fort” – Wagon Shed

 1:00 p.m. Rex Rideout, "I'm Bound Away Across the Wide Missouri:  Music and Instruments of the Santa Fe Trail" -  Wagon Shed

 2:00 p.m. Bill Gwaltney, “Firearms on the Trail presentation” (The Henry Deringer Trade Rifle) – Wagon Shed

Camps:

 Hunters

 Merchants

 Fremont Expedition

 Snively Expedition

 Cibolero

8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

SFT Association General Membership & Business Meeting

 National Santa Fe Trail President:  Larry Short

Speakers’ Presentations

 9:30 Rebecca Atkinson, “He Said, She Said:  Two Views of Life at Bent’s New Fort”

 10:15 Visit Vendors

 10:30 Matthew Saionz, “There is Very Little System or Consistency:  Making Sense of Contraband Cases in the Late 1820’s and Their Subsequent Disappearance.”

 11:15 Visit Vendors

 11:30 National Park Service National Trails Office, “ The Santa Fe National Historic Trail:  Visions from Today and the Future Along the Trail”



12 noon –

Living Historians’ Arrival @ Bent’s Old Fort (by invitation only)

Trail Tour Participants: 12:15 p.m. -  5:00 p.m.12:15 p.m

. – Pick up Box Lunches at OJC Humanities Center (Box Lunches for Tour Participants Only)

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Board Buses @ OJC Gymnasium Parking Lot

1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Trail Tour #1:  “They Followed the Water”


Non-Tour Participants

Alternative Activities

Lunch “On Your Own”

Lunch can be purchased at the OJC Student Center

Visit area museums

 Koshare Indian Museum & Kiva, 115 W. 18th, La Junta, CO

 Otero Museum 706 W. 3rd, La Junta, CO

 John W. Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum, 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas,

 Boggsville Historic Site, 2 miles south of Las Animas on Hwy. 101

 John Martin Reservoir – SFT Trail Ruts & DAR marker, 30750 County Road 25.75, Hasty, CO

 Rocky Ford History Museum, 1005 Sycamore, Rocky Ford, CO

Other Interesting Sites to visit:

 Gallery 313, 313 Santa Fe Ave., La Junta, CO 719-384-9101

 Junction 50 Galleria, 112 W. 1st, La Junta, CO

Trail Tour Participants 12:30p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Pick up Box Lunches @ OJC Humanities Center (Box Lunches for Tour Participants Only)

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Board Buses @ OJC Gymnasium Parking Lot

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Trail Tour #3:  “Walking in the Footsteps of the Past”


Evening

Dinner “On Your Own”

Restaurant Link:  visitlajunta.net/eat

Non-Tour Participants Alternative Activities

Lunch “On Your Own”

Lunch can be purchased at the OJC Student Center

Visit area museums

 Koshare Indian Museum & Kiva, 115 W. 18th, La Junta, CO

 Otero Museum 706 W. 3rd, La Junta, CO

 John W. Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum, 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas,

 Boggsville Historic Site, 2 miles south of Las Animas on Hwy. 101

 John Martin Reservoir – SFT Trail Ruts & DAR marker, 30750 County Road 25.75, Hasty, CO

 Rocky Ford History Museum, 1005 Sycamore, Rocky Ford, CO


Other Interesting Sites to visit:

 Gallery 313, 313 Santa Fe Ave., La Junta, CO 719-384-9101

 Junction 50 Galleria, 112 W. 1st St., La Junta, CO

Evening

Dinner “On Your Own”

Restaurant Link:  visitlajunta.net/eat


Non-Tour Participants

Alternative Activities

Lunch “On Your Own”

Lunch can be purchased at the OJC Student Center

Visit area museums

 Koshare Indian Museum & Kiva, 115 W. 18th, La Junta, CO

 Otero Museum 706 W. 3rd, La Junta, CO

 John W. Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum, 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas,

 Boggsville Historic Site, 2 miles south of Las Animas on Hwy. 101

 John Martin Reservoir – SFT Trail Ruts & DAR marker, 30750 County Road 25.75, Hasty, CO

 Rocky Ford History Museum, 1005 Sycamore, Rocky Ford, CO

Other Interesting Sites to visit:

 Gallery 313, 313 Santa Fe Ave., La Junta, CO 719-384-9101

 Junction 50 Galleria, 112 W. 1st, La Junta, CO




6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Reception/Dinner at Bent’s Old Fort (Admission by Name Tag)

Entertainment:  Rex Rideout and Mark Gardner

Santa Fe Trail Association 2020 Awards

Michael Martin Murphey’s Rocking 3M Chuckwagon

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Drinkables on the Santa Fe Trail”, Living Historian, Bill Gwaltney – Outside Front Gate




7:30 p.m. -

Michael Martin Murphey's Rocking 3M Chuckwagon Concert at the Historic Kiva in La Junta. Tickets can be purchased at outhousetickets.com

6:00 p.m. –

Banquet & Fandango (Admission by Name Tag)

Santa Fe Trail Association 2021 Awards