The Bent's Fort Chapter annual meeting will be held Jan. 12 at the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum, 560 Bent Avenue in Las Animas. The general meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a catered lunch (cost $10). The meeting will include the election of officers for 2019, announcement of the Member of the Year, a review of upcoming field trips and presentations in 2019, and an update on the 2021 SFTA Symposium.

Following the luncheon, Michael Schaubs will present "A Bent & St. Vrain Co. Trader: An Indian Trader's Experiences," during which Schaubs will assume the personae of a company trader long forgotten by history. An assortment of period goods and products will be used to illustrate ideas in the program. All of these materials, as well as the descriptions, stories and anecdotes used during the program are based on original source materials. 

Schaubs has had an interest in the culture of the fur trade since he was a child. After retiring from a career as a geologist, Schaubs developed a deep interest in fur trade inventories and the material culture of the fur trade and has applied his background as a scientist in evaluating these inventories. He also shares his passion and knowledge of the fur trade with the general public as a living history interpreter in the role of a fur trader at special events. 
 
The presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. 

Membership in the Bent’s Fort Chapter is $15 per year. For more information about meeting or the chapter, contact LaDonna Hutton at 719-469-2906.

The Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.