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The Sibley Expedition: 1825-27

Thursday, February 2 at 5:30 pm
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Experience this presentation in person at the Museum, or watch from the comfort of your home, using Zoom or the Smoky Hill Museum Facebook page. The presentation on the Smoky Hill Museum's Facebook page will remain up through Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at noon.


Join us for the next installment of the history of the Santa Fe Trail, presented by historian Steve Schmidt. Building on his previous Museum program, “Santa Fe Trail 101,” he’ll focus on the Sibley Expedition of 1825-27. Learn about the driving force, George Champlin Sibley, a greatly underappreciated figure of the early 1800s. Schmidt will discuss why the expedition was mounted, how it was conducted and what the outcome was, including a surprisingly accurate survey. Steve, a retired Civil Engineer, and his spouse Glenda own pastureland in Marion County, across which the Santa Fe Trail can plainly be seen.  Their land is in the National and State Registers of Historic Places.