In this inaugural event, students were divided into two groups. One began a short journey down the Santa Fe Trail while the other walked a timeline of events.
The journey down the trail included five stops, with narration abut the trail provided at each one by an adult leader. The five stops were Franklin, Mo., to Independence, Mo.; Council Grove; the Cottonwood Crossing; Bent?s Fort; and Santa Fe, N.M.
Students also visited the nearby information kiosk established by the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association several years ago.
The objective of Santa Fe Trail Day was to introduce students to the trail by using a script, clothing and items from the Santa Fe Educational Trunk, which was provided by the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter.
The script covers the years 1821 to 1846. After 1846, Santa Fe was part of the United States. Students learned that the Santa Fe Trail was used in Marion County from 1821 to 1866.
The event was adapted from the Santa Fe Trail Day Camp held at the McPherson Museum.