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Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail

November 13 @ 11:30 am - November 14 @ 3:30 pm

Throughout Santa Fe

A two-day celebration commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail takes place throughout Santa Fe, November 13-14, 2021. The Indians of the Plains had a vital trading network with each other for thousands of years preceding Santa Fe’s international trail of commerce. Then trade between the U.S. and Mexico opened in 1821. The first pack horses loaded with goods left Franklin, Missouri, led by trader William Becknell in September 1821 for Santa Fe. When Becknell arrived in Santa Fe two months later, he was greeted by Gov. Facundo Melgares (the 1st Mexican Governor of New Mexico after independence from Spain).

The Trail became a multi-million-dollar conduit of trade and commerce between the eastern United States, New Mexico, and Indigenous Americans. It also made possible the U.S. conquest of previously held land by Mexico and Native tribes. Given the Trail’s prominent past in New Mexico and Santa Fe, the End of the Trail Chapter has organized many events involving the cultures brought together by this historic event in 1821 in the two-day commemoration called The Arrival—La Legada.

The commemoration starts Saturday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m., with a visit to Kozowski’s Trading Post and Stagecoach Stop at Pecos National Historical Park. At 3 p.m., a free lecture will be given by Dr. James Riding In, with music provided by Jemez Pueblo musician Marlon Magdalena, and a Blessing and Land Acknowledgement by Thought Leader Regis Pecos of Cochiti Pueblo, at the New Mexico Museum of Art’s St France Auditorium. At 6 p.m., the Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail Dinner & Performance by storyteller Andy Hedges, music by Marlon Magdalena and guest speaker Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, will take place at the La Fonda Hotel.

The commemoration continues on Sunday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. with a reenactment of The Arrival by William Becknell, at the Sante Fe Plaza, in front of the Palace of the Governors. At 12 p.m. a reenactment of the 1911 Placement of the Santa Fe Trail Daughters of the American Revolution Marker on the Plaza. At 2 p.m., the New Mexico premiere of the film The Road To Santa Fe, by Prairie Hollow Productions will be shown at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium.

All Covid-19 safety protocols will be followed, so masks and proof of vaccination will be required for indoor events. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

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