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Giving Opportunity that Protects Archival Records

The Santa Fe Trail Historical Society is participating in “Giving for Good” – a project through the Douglas County Community Foundation to crowd-source funding for various projects sponsored by non-profit groups in the county. 

We are partnering with the Baldwin City Public Library and Baker University to raise funds to hire two students to digitize various newspapers and documents that are currently in a fragile paper form or only on microfilm.  The microfilm reader at the public library is no longer functional.  Digitizing the microfilm items will make them available online or in the library through computer searches. 

The funding request is for $5,000, and we already have a pledge for $2,000!  The project goes LIVE on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30th and lasts through Dec. 31, 2021.

Here is the direct link for the Giving for Good Project: 



Wondering where we’ve been?

Summer and fall 2021 have been a busy time for this chapter! 

  • Work was completed on informational panels and a kiosk installed at Pioneer Cemetery – project led by Roger Boyd. 
  • Maple Leaf Festival found our group on a wagon in the parade. 
  • John More has been busy putting out flag displays at Black Jack cabin for significant Trail and Kansas history days as well as for other commemorative events such as Flag Day, Veteran’s Day.  Thank you, John, for your efforts!
  • More projects are “in the works,” such as a new Palmyra informational panel and kiosk and planning for the next Preservation Conference to be held in Baldwin in June 2022. 

Look for information about these happenings, along with more history, here on the website in January!