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Fort Larned Historical Society Receives Humanities Kansas Grant


By the Santa Fe Trail Center 


TOPEKA, Kan. — Humanities Kansas recently awarded $14,103.00 to the Fort Larned Historical Society in Larned to support “Rendezvous 2024: Road of Conquest and Another View of the Santa Fe Trail,” a three-day educational retreat designed for the general public that examines the Doctrine of Discovery and the subsequent conquest and destruction resulting from the Santa Fe Trail. Seth McFarland serves as project director.

The Santa Fe Trail Center, Fort Larned National Historic Site, and the Santa Fe Trail Association are partnering together for the 24th biennial symposium scheduled for September 19-21, 2024. Rendezvous has occurred at the Santa Fe Trail Center since 1980. Rendezvous 2024: Road of Conquest: Another View of the Santa Fe Trail will examine the Doctrine of Discovery, and the conquest and destruction resulting from the Santa Fe Trail through the westward expansion between the years of 1821-1880. The symposium will bring an awareness and understanding of the magnitude of how the Santa Fe Trail impacted the Indigenous and Hispanic-American peoples.

“Humanities Kansas supports programming that brings people together to spark conversations and generate new ideas,” said Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas Executive Director. “This project shows how history can be expanded and enriched when we explore different perspectives and engage in meaningful

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