All peoples, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, or age will experience death.  However, how we die, the customs we follow to bury and mourn the dead, and our beliefs about the afterlife differ greatly from one group to another.  The Rendezvous 2018 history seminar brings together speakers who will help broaden our understanding of the different reasons for death on the Santa Fe Trail and more importantly, the diverse ways that the three major cultures along the Trail (Anglo, Hispanic and American Indian) viewed this topic.

Sessions include: Dedication of the Pawnee Fork Dry Creek Crossing & Boyd’s Ranch Marker; Cheyenne Blessing; Warfare and Death; The Story of Kate Kingsbury; Death on the Trail: A 19th Century Perspective; Desecration of the Sacred; Rites, Rituals . . . and Reality; and much more.  Please download our program below for a full list of presentations and descriptions.

Co-Sponsored By

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum & Research Library
Santa Fe Trail Association
Fort Larned National Historic Site

The biennial Rendezvous History Seminar is a premier history event in Kansas, offering engaging and educational presentations about the historic Santa Fe Trail Commerce Route. Additionally, the intimate nature of this event facilitates interaction among the broad range of individuals attending—history scholars, Trail descendants, those living along the commerce route, and staff from history institutions all come together to ensure the ongoing preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the Trail.

Image of a skeleton sitting on a rock with its left foot resting on its right knee. The skeleton is rubbing the left foot.

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Principal funding for this program is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization connecting communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

Three colored coffee mug. Beige, speckled gray, and blue. On the front is the Rendezvous 2018 logo. Handmade Limited Edition 16oz Rendezvous Mugs by Kansas Artist Terry Rempel are available in two color combinations and Three color Rendezvous Coffee Mug. Beige, speckled brown, and reddish brown. On the front is the event logo. can be ordered online or on the mail-in Registration form.  Please note, that to ensure the mugs are available in time for the event, mailed registration forms with mug orders must be postmarked no later than Aug 17 and online orders received by August 24. The cost is $13.50.  A very limited number will be available at the event for $18.50.

Print this REGISTRATION FORM if you prefer to mail your registration with a check.  Otherwise, use the form below for Online Registration and to pay via PayPal.

Forms should be mailed to:
Santa Fe Trail Center Museum
1349 K-156 Hwy
Larned, KS 67550.