Bonner Springs City Library will host a presentation and discussion on "The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War" by Leo E. Oliva. Members of the community and the surrounding area are invited to attend the free program. Contact the library at (913) 441-2665 or visit www.bonnerlibrary.org for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
During the Civil War, events at both ends of the Santa Fe Trail contributed to the war's outcome while the Plains Indian Wars grew in intensity. This presentation will introduce key conflicts along the Santa Fe Trail, including significant by largely forgotten battles in New Mexico and the period of accelerated conflict that ended with the destruction of Plains tribes as they had existed for over a century.
Leo Oliva is a historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas. He is the author of Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail, six books for the Kansas Fort Series, and a founding member of the Santa Fe Trail Association and Fort Larned Old Guard.