• Kansas Day Celebration

    Everyone at the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum is wild about our nation’s largest land mammal, the American Bison.  Bison once roamed the Plains in herds so large you could not see anything else for as far as the eye could see.  Also called Buffalo, these huge animals were a vital resource for many Plains Indian tribes—providing food, shelter, clothing, tools, and much more.

    Join the museum on Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m. to celebrate Kansas’ 156 birthday, enjoy a program about the Bison and learn more about Wally, the full sized mounted Bison that resides at the Trail Center. Cake, punch and coffee will be served afterwards.

    The presenters are Bill Barger and Tim Schaller. Barger’s parents, Arlie and Eleanor Barger, began raising Bison on their ranch in the 1950’s and he will talk about why they began their small herd. Tim Schaller will then discuss how he shot Wally and prepared him for the taxidermist in Denver, CO.

    Those attending the program will also be the first to see the second completed area of the museum’s East Gallery renovation.