For over 40 years, with your support, the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum has played an important role in our community—preserving, protecting, and promoting the history of Pawnee County and the Santa Fe Trail Commerce Route.   Countless programs, events, and exhibits have shared our history with thousands of visitors from around the world.

Now the museum is facing major infrastructure repairs to the 43-year-old main building.  The septic and sewer had to be replaced this past winter and now the fire alarm system has to be replaced. The cost for these repairs is $150,000.  To pay for them the museum had to take out a large loan from First State Bank & Trust Co.

This is just the beginning though.  The building’s HVAC system has had $60,000 in repairs in recent years and will continue to have rising maintenance costs unless it is replaced. The price for this is expected to exceed $150,000.

We are asking for your continued support. It is imperative for the museum to raise at least $300,000 to meet the infrastructure needs of the main building. 

Donors of $1,500 or greater will be recognized on a Bison shaped wooden plaque with brass engraved nameplates.

Donor Levels:

  • Teamster – $1,500+
  • Bullwhacker – $5,000+
  • Scout – $10,000+
  • Wagon Master – $25,000

Download our Campaign Brochure.

Also, please check out our “In Appreciation” and “Pictures” sections to see the local businesses who have helped us out and photos of the work happening at the museum.

How Can I Donate?

  • Donate by Check

    To donate by check please download and fill out the Pledge Form and mail to the museum at 1349 K156 Hwy, Larned, KS 67550.

    Please make checks payable to the Santa Fe Trail Center.

    Pledge Form

  • Donate Online

    To donate online via PayPal please fill out the form below and click “Submit”.  Please consider making large donations by check due to the 3% fee PayPal charges.  You may also increase the donation to cover the fees.



We would like to extend our appreciation to the following local businesses for donating materials and/or services. Because of their generosity we were able to keep the costs down for the septic & sewer repairs and the replacement of the fire alarm system.

  • CoMFortPro Inc.
  • Haynes Electric
  • Shane Guthrie Construction
  • Eakin Enterprises Inc.
  • Tabler Furnture
  • Kustom Floor Designs
  • Great Bend Crane
  • Amerine Utilities Construction Inc.
  • Campbell Family