Mission: The santa fe trail center is a unique educational institution devoted to the interpretation of the historic transportation route known as the santa fe trail. This regional museum and library preserves artifacts and manuscripts related to the blending of the major cultures along the trail and enhances understanding of the continued development of the trail. Interrelated interpretive exhibits, learning programs and resource materials engage and enlighten a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge compelling them to examine their perception of the past.
Programs: Maintain and operate a historical museum to educate the public regarding the santa fe trail. 2014 museum attendance was 5,770
rendezvous is a 3-day educational history seminar held every two years. Rendezvous 2014 focused on communication on the santa fe trail and examined how individuals of various cultures on the trail communicated with each other. There were talks on the evolution of the us mail service between missouri and santa fe and presentations showing how the establishment of communications across the trail helped lead to statehood for kansas and open communications though out the southwest.
the tired iron show is presented to connect the visitors with the history of the area as well as the trail.