We are excited about the upcoming Summer Exposition “Trails to Rails,” which highlights the year 1869, when the Kansas Pacific Railway arrived in Wallace County and the era of stagecoach travel came to an end. In addition to our own local and regional talent, the Trails to Rails celebration at Russell Springs and Wallace will feature some noted historians and entertainers.
“Trails to Rails” begins at the Butterfield Trail Museum on Friday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. CDT and continues into Saturday and Sunday with a draft horse competion in the Russell Springs arena and living historians at Wallace. A Sunday morning memorial service is scheduled for the Fort Wallace Cemetery. The highlight of the event is the running of stage coaches along the old Smoky Hill Trail. Special guests for the event are historian/author Michelle Martin, Phoenix; western writer Monty McCord, Nebraska; and actor/historian Peter Sherayko, California.
Martin is an historian, documentary film maker, photographer, and author. She is the Dorothy J. Woodward Fellow in History at the University of New Mexico and the Helmerich Center for American Research fellow at the Gilcrease Museum and University of Tulsa. A doctoral candidate in the Department of History, Martin is currently working on her dissertation that probes the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and interracial marriage in the Mvskoke Nation from 1879-1898. She has authored four books including Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie which she co-wrote with Debra Goodrich. Martin’s work as a historian and living history interpreter is extensive. Now a resident Arizona Martin shares her time and talents with Fort Verde State Historic Site and Fort Bowie National Historic Site, the one time home of Natalie Beaumont Forsythe.
She will speak on Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m. MDT at the Fort Wallace Museum. She will speak on the experiences of Natalie and Sandy Forsythe as they made their way in the late summer of 1905 from the east coast to Colorado for the dedication of a monument to those who perished at Beecher’s Island.
McCord is a retired police lieutenant and a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Growing up watching westerns on TV and riding Quarter Horses fostered a life-long interest in western history. He writes about lawmen and outlaws from the frontier west to the mid-20th century in both fiction and non-fiction. McCord is a member of the Western Writers of America. He lives in Nebraska with his wife Ann. His western books are: Calling the Brands-Stock Detectives in the Wild West (2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalist); When I Die - The Legend of Joe Mundy (2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalist);Mundy’s Law - The Legend of Joe Mundy (2013 Peacemaker Award for Best First Western Novel --- 2013 Peacemaker Award Finalist for Best Western Novel--- WWA Spur Award Finalist); and The 1931 Hastings Bank Job and the Bloody Bandit Trail. He will be available at both locations to sign books and visit with the public.
Sherayko, recognized historian, actor, and author, is best known for his work on western movies like Tombstone, in which he appeared as “Texas Jack Vermillion” and television programs like Gunny Time and Wild West Tech. He has also served as a consultant for programs such as The Truth about Jesse James for the Discovery Channel, and Deadwood on HBO. His passion for the West and motion pictures inspired him to start Caravan West Productions as a means for film makers, both big and small, to easily meet the rigorous demands of the Western film genre. Sherayko will also meet the public at Russell Springs and Wallace.
Want to grab a piece of stagecoach era history? For only $10, you can “mail” a special commemorative letter to be carried on the stagecoaches traveling between Russell Springs and Fort Wallace; there will be a “mail call” at the Pond Creek Stagecoach Station on Saturday evening, and then the letter can be sent via USPS to its ultimate recipient, Visit us on www.ftwallace.com to register, call the Museum at 785.821.1864 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The 2019 Gun Raffle honors the Stagecoach Era by offering a reproduction stagecoach shotgun and a Mason conversion pistol in a handsome custom wooden case. The guns are again custom-engraved by our friends at Horlacher Jewelers in Colby. Tickets may be purchased for $10 each or 3 for $25.
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Happy Birthday Barbara Engel!
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