Santa Fe Trail symposium, conference to be held in October at Northwestern-Woodward

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Santa Fe Trail symposium, conference to be held in October at Northwestern-Woodward

September 3, 2010

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Social Sciences and the Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies proudly announce the upcoming Santa Fe Trail Symposium and Conference that will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, at Northwestern-Woodward.

Scholars, students and members of the general public are invited to participate. Deadline for participant registration is Sept. 20.

Registration fees for students are $15 and $35 for all other participants. Two meals for the conference will be included with the registration.

Conference planners are still seeking submissions of scholarly papers on the subject of the Santa Fe Trail, history of the American Southwest, heritage tourism and trail conservation.

Events for Friday, Oct. 1, begin at 8 a.m. with registration, followed by a welcome from Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, and Dr. Deena Fisher, Northwestern-Woodward dean. Throughout the day, participants may engage in discussion and listen to scholarly presentations. Lunch will be served and keynote speaker Greg Holt, Supervisor of Interpretation History of Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site will speak at Northwestern-Woodward.

The group will enjoy dinner with a word from keynote speaker, Dr. Leo Oliva from the Santa Fe Trail Association, that will be held at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum at 5:30 p.m.

Participants and panelists will be treated to lectures from George Elmore, Chief Ranger of Fort Larned National Historic Site; Holt; and Oliva and Dr. John Atkinson, both of the Santa Fe Trail Association.

Saturday the group will be traveling to visit certain points of the Santa Fe Trail. They will head to Ft. Supply at 8 a.m., then travel to Ft. Larned, in Larned, Kan., to learn some of the history of the trail. The day will end with a tour of the Santa Fe Trail Museum outside of Larned.

Special lodging rates are available at the La Quinta Inn and Suites at (580) 256-5533; the Hampton Inn and Suites at (580) 254-5050; and the Holiday Inn Express at (888) 465-4329. Please indicate Santa Fe Trail Symposium when making lodging reservations.

For more information about the symposium, paper or presentation submissions, or travel accommodations please contact Dr. Kay Decker, Department of Social Sciences chair, at (580) 327-8521, or Dr. Aaron Mason, assistant professor of political science, at (580) 327-8522.