• Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941, Presentation and Book Signing by Author Mark Eberle

    Join the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum for a presentation and book signing by author, Mark Eberle on Sunday September 10 at 2 p.m. His book Kansas Baseball, 1858–1941, is an overview of people, places, and events associated with the sport during the period that baseball developed into its modern form. While most books deal with major league baseball, no major league team has ever been based in Kansas, so this book focuses primarily on the history of local baseball played in hundreds of towns across the state. Nine towns still play the national pastime in the state’s oldest ballparks, constructed between 1924 and 1940. Four of these towns are in western Kansas—Larned, Kinsley, Garden City, and Hays. There were similarities among their experiences. For example, they all supported town teams that played against each other, and they all hosted a variety of barnstorming teams, such as the Kansas City Monarchs, but only Larned fielded early minor league teams. Author Mark Eberle’s presentation at the Santa Fe Trail Center will describe some of the teams, games, characters, and events associated with local baseball in Larned and its neighbors, along with an overview of the histories of their current ballparks.

    Mark Eberle was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and grew up mostly in the eastern part of the state. He attended college in Oregon and Kansas, graduating with a Master of Science degree in biology. He now teaches biology and scientific writing at Fort Hays State University. Mark’s biological research has focused on fishes and other aquatic life in streams of the Great Plains. In addition to articles published in scientific journals, he has coauthored books written for broader audiences about Fishes of the Central United States (coauthored and illustrated by fellow Kansas City native Joe Tomelleri) and Kansas Fishes (with more than 40 coauthors). His most recent book, released in April 2017, is a departure from biology but still features a subject associated with the out of doors during summertime—Kansas Baseball, 1858–1941. In August 2017, Mark completed a study about Dwight D. Eisenhower and the question of whether or not he played professional baseball before playing NCAA football for the US Military Academy at West Point.

    This program is free and open to the public


  • William and George Bent, Presentation and Book Signing by Camilla Kattell

    Join the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum for a presentation and book signing by author Camilla Kattell on Sunday September 17, at 2 p.m.  Kattell’s new book is At the Confluence of Two Cultures: William and George Bent Confront Manifest Destiny, 1829-1918. +

    In 1829 William Bent resolved to find his future in the unsettled lands west of the Mississippi River. He chose a challenging path of self-determination on a frontier unfettered by racial limitations. Establishing a trading empire in the wilderness, William maintained egalitarian relationships with indigenous tribes, European trappers, Hispanic settlers, and American migrants traveling in great wagon caravans.

    Insidiously, with migration came the clash of cultures. Racism became as infectious as small pox. Bloodshed and retaliation became a way of life. Thousands died. As William’s five half-Cheyenne children grew to maturity they were confronted by a very different world than the one their father had embraced. William’s son George, in particular, personified the struggle of the plains Indians under siege. His ultimate contribution was to preserve the Indians’ story.

    This program is free and open to the public. 

  • 17th Annual Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show

    Come out to the museum on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for our annual Tired Iron Show. Enjoy antiques tractors, gas engines, automobiles and much more.  Demonstrations include wheat threshing, corn shelling, cowboy mounted shooting, steam traction engine plowing, wood carving, blacksmithing, sawmilling, and horse drawn plowing.

    There is something for the whole family!!

    Kids will enjoy our pumpkin patch games, class in the one-room schoolhouse, kids corn coin hunt, peddle pull competition, and newly added bounce house.

    Sunday morning everyone is welcome to join us in the Johnson Street Escue Chapel for a church service.

    Sue’s BBQ and Bahama Mama’s will be serving up delicious food all day, both days.

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