Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium 2007

"Where the Mountain Branch crosses the Purgatoire"

Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium

September 27 - September 30, 2007

See you in Trinidad Colorado!
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Hosted by Bents Old Fort Chapter, SFTA

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About the Symposium, from the Santa Fe Trail Association

It’s time to “Catch Up” for the Santa Fe Trail Symposium in Trinidad during the weekend of September 27-30. The Planning Committee cordially invites and encourages you to return to the site where the Santa Fe Trail Association planted its roots in the fall of 1986. This year’s Symposium will feature some of the old-time favorite characteristics of past Symposiums along with introducing some new innovations to make this year’s event an enjoyable, satisfying and, in particular, an educational experience for all who choose to attend.

Events will commence Thursday afternoon with a series of tours. One will visit the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site to see the secluded, rarely accessible sites found on the present military reservation northeast of Trinidad. These sites include petroglyphs left by the earliest American Indians who came into this area some 11,000 years ago through the eras of the historic tribes who called the area home. Sites will be examined that illustrate the experiences of the Spanish and, later, Mexican citizens who moved through or into the area up through 1848. The American transition of the area’s frontier will be highly evident from the earliest expeditions of Major Stephen Long and trade expeditions of William Becknell two years later through the heyday of the Trail’s Mountain Route to the stagecoach era and to the later agriculture lifestyle which has been prominent throughout the area for over a century.

For those who would rather get acquainted with the City of Trinidad, there are a number of tours of the numerous museums, historic sites and galleries in town. In an upcoming edition of Wagon Tracks the particulars of each of these will be offered.

The Baca courtyard will be the site of the opening reception on Thursday, September 27. Thursday’s activities will conclude with a reception held on the grounds of the Colorado Historical Society’s Baca – Bloom Houses with food, entertainment and plenty of time to catch up with old friends and new acquaintances. A Kids History Camp for fourth-graders will take place the next day, September 28. Schools in Trinidad and nearby communities in Colorado and New Mexico are encouraged to call the museum to schedule a visit. 719-846-7217.

On Friday and Saturday two tours along the area’s branches of the Santa Fe Trail will be available to participants. One of the tours will be a 100-mile trek along the Military Freight Road in Southeastern Colorado and Northeastern New Mexico with about seven stops. The other will be a like-distance tour of the Mountain Route to the north and east heading toward the crossing of the Arkansas. To learn more visit Hole In The Rock, Timpas, Iron Springs, Sierra Vista Overlook, Arkansas River Crossing.

Friday morning’s activities will return to the campus of Trinidad State Junior College after a twenty-one year absence for an educational experience which will satisfy and also whet the appetite of the audience. There will be a mixed roster of outstanding speakers, both familiar and new, speaking in a formal setting or in a relaxed atmosphere.

A major concern of the Bent’s Fort Chapter, this Planning Committee and the Santa Fe Trail Association over the past few years has been educating the youth of America on the role and importance of this vital highway of commerce – the Santa Fe Trail. This year, the area’s schools have been invited to participate in “Harvesting History: A Santa Fe Trail Kids’ Camp”. We also extend this invitation to any of the Symposium participants and/or their children. A bounty of history and culture will be available at the Baca House and the Santa Fe Trail Museum for all to enjoy on Friday. Participants will learn about American Indian, Hispanic and Anglo cultures during the Santa Fe Trail period. They will harvest the Baca Kitchen Garden, churn ice cream, make adobe bricks, play games, dance the Virginia Reel, dress in historic costumes, and create Trail art. They will also tour the Baca House and the Santa Fe Trail Museum. All activities will take place on Friday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for area fourth graders and Symposium participants.

As you can see, there are numerous events, presentations and activities scheduled for the weekend of September 27-30, 2007 as the Santa Fe Trail Association returns to Trinidad, Colorado. Register online NOW! We would like to invite you to examine the informational material, mail order registration form and Lodging Information for the 2007 Symposium. It is our sincere hope that you will be able to join us and your fellow Santa Fe Trail Historians and enthusiasts at the place where the SFTA was created those short twenty-one years ago. Sponsor this event, advertise your business or show your exhibit at this event.


Schedule of Activities, Tours, Events, and Exhibits

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Registration, Art Exhibits & Meetings

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM Symposium Registration and Art Exhibits at TSJC
8:00AM - 4:00 PM SFTA Board Committee Meetings
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Informal SFT Board Luncheon
Pinon Canyon Bus Tour
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Pinon Canyon Sites: Stage Stops, Watering Holes, Wagon ruts, Native American sites, Historic Ranches, Petroglyphs and more. This may be your last chance to take a tour of this historic region. Site of US Army Training & Maneuver Area.

Museum Tours 1PM-4:30PM
Trinidad History Museum -312 E. Main
A.R. Mitchell Art Museum - 150 E. Main
Old Fire House No 1 Children's Museum - 314 N. Commercial Street
Louden- Henritze Archaeology Museum - TSJC Library, 600 Prospect
Trolley Tours leaving from the Colorado Welcome Center - 309 Nevada Avenue
Guided Walking Tours of the Purgatoire River - South Side of the Purgatoire River at the Animas Street Bridge.
Self Guided Walking Tours of El Corazon National Historic District - Begin your walk at the Colorado Welcome Center, 309 Nevada Avenue

Social Time and Entertainment
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Reception and Entertainment at Baca/Bloom Homes Courtyard of Trinidad History Museum, 312 E. Main

Friday, September 28, 2007

Registration, Exhibits and Breakfast
6:00AM - 6:00 PM - Registration/ Art Exhibits/ Vendors at TSJC
6:30AM - 8:00 AM - Continental Breakfast, TSJC

Pinon Canyon Bus Tour - (Tentative—if numbers require)
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Pinon Canyon Sites: Stage Stops, Watering Holes, Wagon ruts, Native American sites, Historic Ranches, Petroglyphs and more. This may be your last chance to take a tour of this historic region. Site of US Army Training & Maneuver Area.

Kids Camp at the Trinidad History Museum for Fourth Graders and Symposium Participants. All Day- Times TBA

Museum Tours All Day, Times TBA
Trinidad History Museum -312 E. Main
A.R. Mitchell Art Museum - 150 E. Main
Old Fire House No 1 Children's Museum - 314 N. Commercial Street
Louden- Henritze Archaeology Museum - TSJC Library, 600 Prospect
Trolley Tours leaving from the Colorado Welcome Center - 309 Nevada Avenue
Guided Walking Tours of the Purgatoire River - South Side of the Purgatoire River at the Animas Street Bridge.
Self Guided Walking Tours of El Corazon National Historic District - Begin your walk at the Colorado Welcome Center, 309 Nevada Avenue

Lectures and Presentations
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Opening Ceremony, Bent's Fort Chapter Past President Charlie Hutton & Santa Fe Trail Association President Joanne VanCoevern, Roberta Cordova, Trinidad Dignitaries & Keynote Address: Marc Simmons.
9:15 AM - 9:25 AM - Break and view Exhibits
9:25 AM - 10:05 AM - Speaker Lolly Ming, Military Freight Route
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM - Speaker Paul Andrews, Baca Family
10:55AM - 11:35AM - Susan Boyle, Hispanic Merchants
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM - Box Lunch Distributed
12:00PM - 5:00PM - Bus Tours

Bus Tours -12:00 PM - 5:00PM
Military Freight Route (Bent’s Ranch, Metcalf’s Toll Station, Folsom Archaeological Site, Wooten’s Toll Station, Becknell’s Route, Long’s Route, Maxwell Party Massacre)
North Mountain Branch Tour ( Sierra Vista, Timpas Picnic Area, Hole in The Rock Site, Hole in the Prairie, Iron Spring, and more.)

Entertainment & Dinner
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Art Gallery Crawl
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Chuck Wagon Dinner at Kit Carson Park with Entertainment, North on Arizona, Right on Kansas, 2 blocks to San Pedro.
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Kit Carson - John Carson portraying Great Grandfather, Kit Carson at Kit Carson Park immediately following Chuck Wagon Dinner.

Saturday, September 29, 2005

Breakfast, Exhibits and Registration
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Chapter President's Breakfast and SFT Board Breakfast
7:00AM - 8:00 AM - Continental Breakfast, TSJC
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Symposium Registration & Exhibits

Museum Tours - All Day, Times TBA
Trinidad History Museum -312 E. Main
A.R. Mitchell Art Museum - 150 E. Main
Old Fire House No 1 Children's Museum - 314 N. Commercial Street
Louden- Henritze Archaeology Museum - TSJC Library, 600 Prospect
Trolley Tours leaving from the Colorado Welcome Center - 309 Nevada Avenue
Guided Walking Tours of the Purgatoire River - South Side of the Purgatoire River at the Animas Street Bridge.
Self Guided Walking Tours of El Corazon National Historic District - Begin your walk at the Colorado Welcome Center, 309 Nevada Avenue

Lectures and Presentations
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - SFT Association General Membership & Business Matting- National Santa Fe Trail President: Joanne VanCoevern
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM - Speaker - Diana Dunn, Hatch Family
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Break & View Exhibits
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - Speaker - Brenda Kay Todd, "Murder On The Trail"
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM - Break & View Exhibits
10:55 AM - 11:40 AM - Speaker - Mark Gardner, "Buffalo Trade on the Santa Fe Trail"
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM - Box Lunch Distributed

Bus Tours -12:00 PM - 5:00PM
Military Freight Route (Bent’s Ranch, Metcalf’s Toll Station, Folsom Archaeological Site, Wooten’s Toll Station, Becknell’s Route, Long’s Route, Maxwell Party Massacre)
North Mountain Branch Tour ( Sierra Vista, Timpas Picnic Area, Hole in The Rock Site, Hole in The Prairie, Iron Spring, and more.)
Historic Home Tour - 12PM-5PM

Entertainment
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Social Hour at Aultman Hall
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Awards Diner and Period Music at Aultman Hall (The Lucky Monkey), Harry Myers and Period music by Mark Gardner

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Church and Living History
8:00AM - 8:45 AM - Meet at TSJC and travel on your own to Colt Ranch
8:45 AM- 9:30AM- Dutch Oven Cowboy Breakfast at the Colt Ranch
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Noreen Riffe speaking on Marion Russell, Cowboy Church Service at Marion Russell’s grave in the Stonewall Cemetery, Russell Home Tour (Tentative)

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