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Colorado to Commemorate Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail Throughout 2021

Colorado to Commemorate Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail Throughout 2021

  Efforts Aim to Bring Visitors to Canyons & Plains Region   February 5, 2021 — Two hundred years ago, the Santa Fe Trail was America’s first international highway. Merchants traveled through what is now Colorado, including Prowers County, to trade goods between the United States and Mexico. Today, organizers of the bicentennial commemoration are […]

Info on Santa Fe Trail's 200th Commemoration Available for Teachers

Info on Santa Fe Trail’s 200th Commemoration Available for Teachers

  2021 is the 200th commemoration of the Historic Santa Fe Trail. Are you teaching about this? If so, do you need some resources? The S.F.T.A. has several bibliographies, for adults and youth, on our website as well as learning activities for children of all ages. While on the website, check out our Junior Wagon […]

Nominations Sought for SFTA Board Positions

Nominations Sought for SFTA Board Positions

  Nominations are being accepted through April 1, 2021 for election to the Santa Fe Trail Association Board of Directors. Four members of the Board are completing their second consecutive four term and have created vacancies. This provides an opportunity for SFTA members of good standing with various back backgrounds and experiences to serve the […]

News from Bent's Fort Chapter Boggsville Settlement

News from Bent’s Fort Chapter Boggsville Settlement

  When the 2021 Symposium of the national Santa Fe Trail Symposium occurs at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and La Junta, Colorado, Sept. 22 – 26, 2021, a wide variety of informative and entertaining events are being planned to take place. Among these events are scholarly talks about the history of the 200 […]

Virtual Tour of Bent’s Old Fort Planned

Virtual Tour of Bent’s Old Fort Planned

    La Junta, CO – Although the Traditional Holiday Celebration at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site was cancelled this year due to precautionary measures, the park staff wanted to reach out to our community and share the experience of one of the park’s most popular annual events. On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at […]

Veterans Day Remembrance Observed at 9/11 Memorial

Veterans Day Remembrance Observed at 9/11 Memorial

  Veterans Day was observed in Lamar this past Wednesday, November 11th at the 9/11 and First Responders Memorial at Big Timbers Museum. The ceremony, marking the end of hostilities in WWI, was held, keeping with historical tradition on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the signing of the Armistice which brought an […]

Today, November 11, 2020, is Veterans Day

Today, November 11, 2020, is Veterans Day

  In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of […]

State 2020 General Election Turnout Sets Records

State 2020 General Election Turnout Sets Records

DENVER, Colo- Even with ballots still being processed and counted throughout Colorado, it is clear that this is an historic election.  As of 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, a total of 3,303,265 ballots have been received into the statewide voter registration system to be processed for tabulation in the 2020 General Election, with more […]

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site has New Visitor and Education Center in Eads, CO

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site has New Visitor and Education Center in Eads, CO

  Eads, CO – Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will be opening its doors to the new Visitor and Education Center in Eads on Tuesday, November 10th. The Visitor and Education Center is in addition to the visitor contact station at our site location near Chivington and will provide an opportunity for people to […]

Open House for Southeast Health Group, New Life for Old Landmark

Open House for Southeast Health Group, New Life for Old Landmark

    Southeast Health Group celebrated an open house in Lamar to highlight the new location for their multi-purpose mental health services in southeast Colorado. Built in 1902 at the corner of Main and Poplar Streets in Lamar, the former Davis Hotel has also been known over the years as the Kelsey Hotel and then […]

Amache Special Resource Study Receives Extension to December 15, 2020

Amache Special Resource Study Receives Extension to December 15, 2020

  The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a Special Resource Study (SRS) of the Granada Relocation Center, commonly known as Amache. Located about a mile southwest of Granada, Colorado, Amache was one of 10 incarceration sites established during World War II under the War Relocation Authority to illegally detain Japanese Americans forcibly removed from […]

9/11 Memorial Rally Planned for September 11th

9/11 Memorial Rally Planned for September 11th

    The annual 9/11 and First Responder Tribute Memorial Parade is not being held this year due to COVID-19 concerns for the health and welfare of local residents. It has been re-scheduled for September 12, 2021, but Doug Harbour, organizer of the yearly memorial activities, has announced that a motor rally and parade will […]

National Park Service to Host Virtual Meetings on Amache Special Resource Study

National Park Service to Host Virtual Meetings on Amache Special Resource Study

      DENVER— The National Park Service invites the public to participate in one of three virtual public meetings regarding a special resource study of the Granada Relocation Center, commonly known as Amache, to take place during the following dates and times: Thursday, July 16th: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT (6:00 pm – […]

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

Celebrate American Independence at Bent’s Fort

  The public is invited to join the inhabitants of Bent’s Old Fort on Saturday, July 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm to celebrate American Independence during the 2020 Old-Fashioned 4th Celebration. The 4th of July was one of the few holidays celebrated across the country in the 1840s.  The victory over the British in the War […]

Lamar Elks Celebrate Flag Day

Lamar Elks Celebrate Flag Day

      June 14th, 2020 Lamar Elks along with the VFW and the Boy Scouts of Troop 218 Celebrated Flag Day with the Pledge of Allegiance, a history and presentation of our Country’s flags and how they came to be. Flag Day: An Elks Tradition Patriotism has characterized the Benevolent and Protective Order of […]