Chisholm Trail "Hybrid" Conference

Friday, October 15, 2021
(all times are Central Time)
With registration you will also receive a link that will allow you to view the Conference at a later date.

9:00 -10:00 a.m.: Registration and Information Desk Open

                             Morning social w/ Coffee, Iced Tea, Breakfast Goodies 

                           Silent auction begins


10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: ICTA Membership Meeting/Officer elections


Greetings – State Treasurer Lynn Rogers


11:00 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions -

                    President Dennis Katzenmeier

                   Welcome to Wichita 

                   Greetings – Representatives of the Jesse Chisholm family 

                                      Presentation of appreciation gift to Chisholm family


11:15 a.m. - Noon: Legislative report – Ron Wilson, Legislative Chairman ICTA

                 Nicole Harrison, Congressman Ron Estes 


                 Presentation of the Robert L. Klemme Memorial Chisholm Trail        

                 Champion Award for promoting western history, supporting rural              tourism and protecting private property rights 

                    Congressman Tom Cole (invited)

                    Congressman Frank Lucas (invited)


Noon-1:00 pm:   Lunch – Provided by The Monarch

              Introduction – Mary Lou Rivers

              Cattle Trails Showcase Report – Lonnie Stieben

              National Day of the Cowboy – Tom Hawk, Cumberland, Maryland


1:00 -1:15 p.m.: What is the Partnership for the National Trails System and What is the                          Political Environment for Legislating a National Historic Trail   Designation? 

             Ron Tipton, Partnership for the National Trails System Board of Directors


1:15 - 2:15 p.m.  National Historic Trail Panel Discussion: 

                             What has a national historic trail designation meant to us? 

                             Oregon-California Trail Association – Bill Martin 

                             Santa Fe Trail Association – Larry Short 

                             Local landowner – Steve Schmidt 


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  What Does Becoming a National Historic Trail mean to Communities?

                  Frank Norris, retired National Park Service (invited) 


2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break and Snacks


2:45 – 3:15 p.m.  State reports

    *Texas – Steve Myers – 

     Brad Patterson, Director – Community Heritage Development Division

     Texas Historical Commission


    *Oklahoma – Michael Grauer – 

     Trait Thompson, Director, Oklahoma Historical Society


     *Kansas – Lonnie Stieben – 

     Bridgette Jobe, Director, Kansas Tourism


3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Sharing the Native American Story: Introduction – Michael Grauer

                 Encouraging Tribal Cultura Tourism with National Historic Trails

                 Sherry L. Rupert, CEO, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Assn.      


4:00 -5:00 p.m.  Drovers Gather, Cash Bar and Fixin’s with the Caldwell Saloon Girls

                           Sponsored by National Drovers Hall of Fame


5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Supper -Provided by the Ellsworth Steakhouse

                          “Cowboy Mike”


6:00 p.m.           Silent auction ends - Auction winners announced

                          Live Auction – Jeff Davidson, auctioneer



6:45 pm:           Happy Trails until we meet again.


Old Cowtown Hootenanny on Saturday, October 16.  For more information, go to  https://m.facebook.com/events/old-cowtown-museum/cowtown-hootenanny/2036592609812037/

Old Cowtown Museum - Wichita, KS
(or zoom, sign up accordingly to the right)

  • Presenters
  • Legislators
  • Renowned Historians
  • Western Art & Artists
  • Cowboy Cooking
Hear from State & National Leaders about exciting opportunities along the trail! See the 2021 Chisholm Trail Champion Award Winners!

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