As a private, non-profit organization, the Fort Larned Historical Society receives no Federal or State funding. We rely on admissions, membership, and donations to help us care for the main museum building, four historic structure, three reproduction homes, two large exhibition building, as well as 15,000 objects, 7,000 photographs, and 700 linear feet of archival documents. However, memberships and admissions combine only make up 16% of our annual budget.

By donating to the historical society, you will be helping the museum develop and improve the quality of our public programs for visitors of all ages, preserve the artifacts in our care, update permanent exhibits, and design temporary ones.

As a 501(c) 3 organization, your donation to the Fort Larned Historical Society is tax deductible.


To donate by check, please make checks payable to:

Santa Fe Trail Center Museum 1349 K-156 Hwy
Larned, KS 67550


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Available for Purchase.

Resting Place on the Santa Fe Trail by Timothy K. Lewis

This print is available from the artist by visiting his web page. 10% of sales of this painting and reproductions will go to benefit preservation, education, and promotion of this historic trail via the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Library. Timothy’s paintings depict the current landscape of areas that were part of great American history and conflict, with war and historical relevance from the 19th century. He tries to keep the scenery and hues true to life, giving the impression one is visiting the historic landmark. He divulged, “I paint those areas of the old west that were part of the American frontier and great battles, as they appear now, peaceful and without conflict. I do not include people in my paintings. Painting these sites are not only about the current beauty and its spiritual feeling, but also the historical value, peace after so much violence, and their relevance to America. It’s about the history and preserving those sites because they are so important to America’s development. I feel connected with them.”


Volunteers are the backbone of the museum. They help visitors in the gift shop, give tours to school groups, help build exhibits, restore and clean historic building, catalog artifacts, scan images, complete data entry, and much more. In fact, there is a volunteer project for every interest and skill level.  Whether you love history or are simply looking for something to do, the Sante Fe Trail Center Museum would love you to come out and talk about the many volunteer opportunities available.

A few of the current volunteer opportunities we have include:

  • Docent Guides

    Every year, hundreds of students come through the museum on school tours. Docents guide students through the exhibit galleries and into the historic buildings. These guides contribute hundreds of volunteer hours researching the history of the Santa Fe Trail and Kansas and understanding the changes that have occurred along the trail as trains made their way West and cities were built. If you like children and enjoy teaching, then this may be the volunteering opportunity for you.

  • Cleaning Historic & Reproduction Buildings

    Keeping our 100-plus-year-old buildings and three reproduction buildings clean is a constant battle. The buildings are not as well sealed as modern buildings, and dust, spiders, flies and other bugs are always present. This task would be great for a group looking for a community project to work on once every few months. With a big enough group, the buildings could be cleaned easily in a Saturday afternoon.

  • Trail Shop

    Do you like meeting people from all walks of life? Then volunteering in the Trail Shop may be just the job for you. Our shop volunteers work a four-hour morning or afternoon shift on Saturdays.