2021 Conference Information

200 Years of Trails and More
Old Abilene Town-201 SE 5th St.
Meetings Saturday and Sunday
Friday: Bus tour from Old Abilene Town


Friday, October 15 – Old Abilene Town

10:00 a.m.: SHTA-Board Meeting
11:00-12:30:  Check In for tour-Old Abilene Town
12:30 to approximately 5:00 p.m.: Board bus for trip to Chapman then South toward
            Herington, Lost Springs, Cottonwood Crossing, etc.  Trails we will encounter on the
            tour include the Smoky Hill Trail, Santa Fe Trail, Chisholm Trail and Pike’s Trail. 
     COVID-19 NOTICE:  Masks or other face covering will be required on the bus.

Saturday, October 16 – Programs at Saloon in Old Abilene Town (unless stated otherwise)

Check In: 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
8:15 a.m.: Opening Comments and Welcome
8:30 a.m.: Deb Goodrich-The Oteros on the Smoky Hill Trail
9:30 a.m.: -Michael Baughn – Sheridan the Wild Town on the Smoky Hill Trail
10:30 a.m.to noon:  Tour Seelye Mansion and Patent Medicine Museum
Noon: Lunch break on your own
1:15 p.m.: Trail Center at Old Abilene Town-Ribbon Cutting
1:30 p.m.:  Breakout sessions: 
          1858 with Jim Mayhew
          Maps with Richard Miller
          Trail Center is your time to explore the area
          Clothing of 1860-1870 with Joe Basso
2:30 p.m.:  Brian Bailey-Geocache Program
3:00: Break
3:15: Jayne Pearce – Smoky Hill to Santa Fe from Fort Wallace
4:15:  Annual Member Meeting
5:30 p.m.: Seelye Mansion-banquet (included with registration)           

Sunday, October 17 – Programs at Old Abilene Town

9:15 a.m. Michael Hook-History of Old Abilene Town
10:15 a.m.  Dr. Robert Smith-Director of Fort Riley Museum
11:15 a.m.  Ken Spurgeon – program to be announced


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