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, 5:30-6:30p.