2021 Conference Information

Smoky Hill Trail Association
October 15 – 17, 2021
Abilene, Kansas

Watch this website for program updates and Covid-19 Announcements 


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 when 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-program to be announced
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: Speaker 5
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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