Conference Schedule

 

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants

June 15-18, 2016

Schedule Outline

 

Wednesday, June 15 Ilfeld Auditorium

1 – 6 PM                                  Registration

4:30 PM                                   The Santa Fe Trail: An Enduring Legacy (Speaker, Henrietta Christmas?)

6:30 PM                                   Opening Reception – Mixer (Heavy Snacks, no program)

7:30 PM                                   Santa Fe Trail Movie

 

Thursday, June 16 Ilfeld Auditorium

8:00 – 12:00 AM                   Registration

8:30 – 10:00 AM                   (3 descendant speakers)

10:00 AM                                Break

10:30 – 12:00                        (3 descendant speakers)

12:00PM                                 Lunch NMHU Student Union Ballroom and outside patio

1:00 – 2:30 PM                      (3 descendant speakers)

2:30 PM                                   Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM                      (3 descendant speakers)

6:00 PM                                   Dinners and Programs (Reenactors, Music) (Family Gatherings)

 

Friday, June 17 Ilfeld Auditorium and Fort Union National Monument

8:00 – 12:00 AM                    Registration

8:30 – 10:00 AM                    (3 descendant speakers)

10:00 AM                                  Break

10:30 – 12:00                          (3 descendant speakers)

12:00 PM                                  Lunch NMHU Student Union Ballroom and outside patio

1:00 – 2:30 PM                       (3 descendant speakers)

2:30 PM                                    Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM                        (3 descendant speakers)

6:00 PM                                    Buffalo Dinner and Music      Fort Union National Monument

 

Saturday, June 18  Fort Union National Monument

Fort Union Days

9:00 – 12:00 AM                   Santa Fe Trail Speakers

12:00 AM                                 Lunch (Vendors)

2:00 PM                                   Programs

 

Sunday, June 19     Fort Union National Monument

Fort Union Days

 

Conference Speakers

The confirmed Speakers and days they will speak for The Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference is as follows:

Wednesday June 15, 2016

  • Henrietta Martinez Christmas

Thursday/Friday June 16-17, 2016

Descendants

  • James Abreu                                      Abreu, Wildenstein, Beaubien
  • Tony Jaurez                                       Antonio Chavez
  • George Bayless                                 Mary Donoho
  • Karl Laumbach                                 Eberle Laumbach
  • Mary Penner                                      Henry O’Neil
  • Sandra Hess                                       Ezekiel Williams
  • Gloria Martinez                                May Hays
  • Michael Taylor                                  Romero
  • Mary Kimball Outten                       Lopez
  • Janell McQuirtty                               Dick Wooten
  • Charles Becknell                              William Becknell
  • John Grassham                                 Beaubien
  • Christine St. Vrain                           St. Vrain
  • Larry Marken                                   Alexander Grzelachowski

Saturday June 18, 2016 at Fort Union 

  • Francois-Marie Patorni                   French Fur Trappers
  • Timothy Kimball                              1846 German Soldiers
  • Blain Bachman                                  Mormon Battalion

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

Thank you for all the interesting posts. The conference will be very interesting.

Santa Fe Trail Travelers Blog

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

June 15-18, 2016, Las Vegas, NM

The emphasis of the conference will be descendants of the Santa Fe Trail Travelers telling family stories of ancestors who plied the trail. The schedule is filling; we hope to identify a few more descendants of travelers from Missouri who returned and lived out their lives there. Following descendants presentations in Las Vegas, the conference will shift to Fort Union National Monument for presentations and activities concerning the role of the fort and its people in Santa Fe Trail traffic.

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Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Their Descendants Conference

June 15-18, 2016, Las Vegas, NM

The emphasis of the conference will be descendants of the Santa Fe Trail Travelers telling family stories of ancestors who plied the trail. The schedule is filling; we hope to identify a few more descendants of travelers from Missouri who returned and lived out their lives there. Following descendants presentations in Las Vegas, the conference will shift to Fort Union National Monument for presentations and activities concerning the role of the fort and its people in Santa Fe Trail traffic.

Iconic Santa Fe Trail Traveler

Francisca Lopez KimballFrancisca Lopez traveled the Santa Fe Trail to Missouri as a small girl with her father and three brothers in the 1840’s following the death in New Mexico of her mother. She remained in St. Louis the rest of her life where she married Benjamin Kimball, a prominent citizen, and raised a large and successful family.

Birth of the Santa Fe Trail

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            “The first true trading expedition to Santa Fe was put together that same year by William Backnell, the Franklin, Missouri entrepreneur now termed “Father of the Santa Fe Trail.” Taking samples of trade goods, Backnell arrived in Santa Fe in November 1821 and made a huge profit. Others soon followed on his heels. Eager New Mexican buyers stimulated another Backnell trip the following year, this time with covered wagons, and the Santa Fe Trail was born.”

Arnold, Sam’l P. Eating up the Santa Fe Trail. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2001. Print.

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Food on the Trail

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Imagine traveling in a covered wagon through the prairies of the Southwest during the 1800’s. Something that all the travelers were constantly worried about how they were going to get their next meal. It was not uncommon for these travelers to go weeks without eating a proper meal as described in the book Eating up the Santa Fe Trail by Sam’l P Arnold; “When Lewis Garrard arrived at Bent’s Fort, he sat down to a plate at a table for the first time in fifty days and ate with a knife and fork.” Hunting was a major part of the travelers food source and in areas of the trail where game was scarce the pioneers had to ration the jerky (dried meat, carne seca) they had left.

Arnold, Sam’l P. Eating up the Santa Fe Trail. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2001. Print.

Traveler: Susan Magoffin

“Susan Magoffin, age 19, arrived in Santa Fe in August, 1846. Her diary was found in a descendant’s attic in 1926 and published. Susan was a new bride who’d been raised in luxury when she set out from Independence, Missouri with the wagon train of her husband, Samuel, a Santa Fe Trail veteran. He did his best for her: she travelled in a Rockaway carriage with a servant girl to wait on her. She had many delicacies and other foods available. She slept in a spacious tent with a carpet, folding camp furniture and a bed with mattress and linen.” “Pioneer Women on the Santa Fe Trail” Sangres.

Susan

Click on the link below to read more.

http://www.sangres.com/national-trails/santafetrail/womenoftrail01.htm#.VjuoVqKjcZ8

Wagon Mound, NM

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One of the most important stops toward the end of the Santa Fe Trail was Santa Clara in northeast New Mexico. Here an artesian well was the source of life for all the travelers in the area and one of the few places where the travelers could get fresh water for 60 miles. Santa Clara soon was renamed Wagon Mound because the mountains resembled a Conestoga wagon. Many of the pioneers who traveled the trail settled in here because of its water and ideal conditions for raising cattle. Descendants of Santa Fe Trail travelers still live in the Wagon Mound area.

The Beauty of The Journey

Quote from Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marian Russell Along the Santa Fe Trail as dictated to Mrs. Hal Russell, Branding Iron Press, 1954.

 “As I write scenes of the old trail come flooding back to me: Places where the earth was like a Persian rug, the lavender, red and yellow wild flowers mingling with the silvery green prairie grass. There were places where we saw wild turkeys among the cottonwood trees, and where the wild grapevines ran riot.”

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Despite the difficulties of the Santa Fe Trail, the landscapes and wildlife still held great beauty. The journey from Missouri to New Mexico was very costly and dangerous. Which made it an enchanting experience to reach the end of the trail.