Opening Address

The opening address of the Santa Fe Trail Travelers and Descendants Conference will be given by Henrietta M. Christmas.

She will talk about “Enduring Legacies of the Santa Fe Trail”

The Santa Fe Trail bound people from all walks of life, economic backgrounds and from all parts of New Mexico with travelers from Missouri. For more than six decades the Santa Fe Trail linked New Mexico to Missouri and the eastern states for travelers in both directions. Hunters, merchants, muleteers and school children all traveled the Trail. Diaries, oral histories, newspaper accounts and much more can further detail the lives of your ancestors.

Henrietta Martinez Christmas is a historical and genealogical researcher and author of several family books related to New Mexico and New Mexico’s colonial military. She descends from eleven soldier settlers who came with Oñate in 1598. She is currently president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society and has served on the boards of the Historical Society of New Mexico, the Hispanic Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and other Hispanic genealogical societies.