Jun 10, 2021 7:50 PM

Come and see life along the Santa Fe Trail

Posted Jun 10, 2021 7:50 PM

By KEN CARPENTER
Great Bend Post

History is literally coming alive at the Barton County Historical Society Museum on Friday evening. Thanks to the work of six history reenactors, you will be able to see and talk with characters who traveled along the Santa Fe Trail.

The event is the culmination of a week-long camp where participants learned how to become history reenactors. It's part of the museum's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821.

Richard Lantz, the Historical Society's Director, explained.

"Since Monday our participants have been learning about the roles of particular historic actors who took part or were associated with the trail during the time it existed," Lantz noted.

Lantz said the newly trained reenactors have been working hard.

"They've been researching, writing scripts for themselves, trying to get into the head of the person that they are going to be representing," Lantz reported.

Tonight's program will feature explorer Kit Carson, William Becknell, the first successful trader on the Santa Fe Trail, and Amache, a Cheyenne woman who was married to a trader.

Tours will start at 5 o'clock, 5:30, 6 o'clock and 6:30 Friday evening. At 7:30, you will have a chance to talk with the reenactors and discuss their roles.

There is no charge to attend, but you are asked to make reservations by calling the museum at 793-5125.