The Official kickoff of the 200th Commemoration of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail is a day-long commemoration in Arrow Rock MO on September 1, 2021—two-hundred years since William Becknell left Franklin, MO for Santa Fe, NM opening the United States first international highway of commerce and trade. Programs and re-enactors will be participating throughout Arrow Rock all day long. A complete list of the day’s events will be posted on www.santafetrail200.org as they are developed. The event is jointly sponsored by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Friends of Arrow Rock, Missouri DNR, and the Village of Arrow Rock.
Voices of Arrow Rock, Spirit of the Missouri Frontier is a theatrical production bringing to life voices of early Arrow Rock citizens whose experiences help us understand what people’s lives were like during the early to mid-19th century on the Missouri frontier. These voices transcend time and geography and help give a platform for underrepresented voices of the past. The citizens include George Fenwick and Lewis, an enslaved man, Joseph and Elizabeth Huston, Sophia Murrell and Mary, an enslaved woman, and Adeline and Frank Switzler, former enslaved persons, freed by emancipation. In addition to the performances, a book with the script and insights from the producer and playwrights will be published. Friends of Arrow Rock as the sponsoring organization is partnering with the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Theatre to develop and present the project. The Arrow Rock Premiere is August 7, 2021 at 10 am in the Christian Church on Main Street. Details about additional performance dates and locations will follow.