Historical society prepares for annual meeting
The Santa Fe Trail Historical Society's annual meeting is at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 704 8th Street. The public is invited to attend the potluck dinner and meeting, which will include the election of officers and a guest speaker.
"Douglas County is very rich in Santa Fe Trail and Civil War history," said Dorthea Jackson, of the historical society. "The Santa Fe Trail Historical Society promotes research into this history, and promotes dissemination of the information."
Martha J. Parker, the guest speaker at the meeting, is one of those who has researched Douglas County history. She will speak about her book, "Angels of Freedom," which documents dozens of underground railroad sites in Douglas County.
Jackson said the annual meeting would be a valuable informational opportunity for prospective members. The historical society has about 150 members.
"Everyone is welcome," Jackson said. "Anyone interested in becoming involved can learn what it's all about and how to do it."
The historical society supports and maintains the Vinland Grange building, Blackjack cabin and the Santa Fe Depot, with the help of the Douglas County Commission. The historical society also provides tours of historic sites, and participates in community activities, including the Maple Leaf Festival and Vinland Elementary School's Founders Day.