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Santa Fe Trail 101, a First Thursday Presentation

Santa Fe Trail 101, a First Thursday Presentation

Silk to donkeys, military to merchants – all traveled the Santa Fe Trail during its short life. Join Steve Schmidt for a historical overview of the trail. He’ll discuss its beginning 200 years ago, how it played a key role in international events, influenced the global economy, and more. Learn who traveled the trail, who didn’t, and why. He’ll also share how it was uniquely different from other 19th century trails and how it ended. Schmidt is an amateur historian, former president of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association (SFTA), author, and retired civil engineer.

The Smoky Hill Museum will host this free Zoom presentation on Thursday, November 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Register to receive a link at  

The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11-5 and Saturday 10-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.

For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.