Traveling the Santa Fe Trail
Guided tour—Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site, Fairway
Shawnee Indian Mission, created by the passage of the Indian Relocation Act of 1830, sits on the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon-California trails. In this guided tour the student will examine government policies in regards to relocated Indian tribes and travel on the Santa Fe and Oregon-California trails. The students will discuss the resistance from American Indians and how it was addressed.
What importance did the Santa Fe Trail play in the development of the nation and what was its purpose? What does the "clash of cultures" mean and how do we evaluate the impact of Manifest Destiny on American Indian culture.
Students will be engaged in hands-on activities using a variety of resources including secondary and primary sources while rotating through a variety of sessions and challenges
This tour fulfills grade specific standards for both Kansas and Missouri.
History: Benchmark 1: The student understands individuals, groups, ideas, events, and developments during the period before settlement in pre-territorial Kansas (pre-1854).
History: Benchmark 7: The student engages in historical thinking skills.
Geography: Benchmark 1: Geographic Tools and Location: The student uses maps, graphic representations, tools, and technologies to locate, use, and present information about people, places, and environments.
Common Core Writing: W 7.3 The student will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Social Studies 2 continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world
Social Studies 4 economic concepts (including productivity and the market system) and principles (including the laws of supply and demand)
Social Studies 5 the major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, movement, regions) and their relationships to changes in society and environment
Social Studies 7 the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)
Communications 3 reading and evaluating nonfiction works and material
Communications 4 writing formally and informally
Communications 6 participating in formal and informal presentations and discussions of issues and ideas
Writing Benchmark 1: The student writes narrative text using the writing process.
Performance Goal 3 - 3.8 assess costs, benefits and other consequences of proposed solutions
Performance Goal 4 - 4.6 identify tasks that require a coordinated effort and work with others to complete those tasks
The tour also incorporates many Multiple Intelligences
Cost per student is $2. One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay the student rate.
Length of tour: approximately two hours.
Number of students in a group: For the best experience, we recommend no more than 30 students per tour.
For registration, prices, and scheduling: Contact the site administrator, 913-262-0867; Shawnee Indian Mission. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Other guided tours available from Shawnee Indian Mission: