Daughters of the American Revolution commemorates the bicentenary of Santa Fe Trail in Holland

HOLLAND – The Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorated the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail on Thursday, August 11.

“Talks” were held with Mary Donoho, the first known white woman to hike the Santa Fe Trail; Captain William Becknell, pioneer and leader of the first caravan; Susan Shelby Magoffin, who documented her experience in her diary; Marion Russell, who has hiked the trail five times; and Mrs. WE Stanley, who was in the Kansas DAR State Regent and completed the memorial markers in 1906.

The skit included several members of the Holland DAR chapter.

The Santa Fe Trail was started in 1821 by Becknell as a merchant trade route. The trail established interchanges between Franklin, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico, covering approximately 800 to 1,200 miles, depending on the routes taken.

Eventually, women began to travel with merchant husbands, and young children traveled with pioneer parents. The women kept diaries and books. The trail was replaced by the railroad in 1880.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Its members are descended from patriots who won independence during the Revolutionary War. DAR has more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide.

About Ethel Partin

Check Also

130-mile Delta Bike Trail underway in four NELA parishes

VIDALIA, La. (KNOE) – A new bike path is coming to four parishes in northeast …