10/6/2017

Pioneer Church receives marker on the Santa Fe Trail

Trailside Center News Release



940 W Old Santa Fe Trail
Kansas City, MO 64145



Pioneer Church receives marker on the Santa Fe Trail

KANSAS CITY, MO—The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in conjunction with the Little Blue River Chapter, NSDAR approved an education grant marking the Santa Fe Christian Church at its former location on the Santa Fe Trail in South Kansas City as means of educating the visitors to the area about the history of this landmark lost. In conjunction with the Historical Society of New Santa Fe, the marker near the remnants of the church, organized in 1869 and dedicated in 1892, outlines the history of the pioneers in the area, the fire that damaged part of the church in 1969 and the fight by the community to save it from being demolished. Private funds were in place to repair the church. An injunction was signed by Judge Richard Sprinkle on February 13, 1971 at 10:36 a.m. to stop any action taken against the church; however, “newer” members of the church had the building bulldozed at approximately 9:30 a.m. that same day.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 1 p.m., next door to the marker inside St. Gregorio’s Orthodox Church (940 W. Santa Fe Trail). Those in attendance will then proceed to the marker at the historic New Santa Fe Cemetery for its unveiling. Speakers for the afternoon will include Margo Aldridge, Regent, Little Blue River Chapter, NSDAR; Kevin McManus, Kansas City 6th District Councilman; and Diane Euston, Jackson County historian. The Historical Society of New Santa Fe and the Little Blue River Chapter, NSDAR welcome the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event. Families of pioneer members of the church are traveling in from all over the country to be at the dedication, and some will be sharing historic artifacts and photographs from the Jackson Co. area after the dedication.

The purpose of the DAR Special Projects Grant program is to give financial support to projects in local communities that exemplify the mission of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Only 33 grants nationwide were awarded by the NSDAR for the 2017-2018 year, and the marker for the Santa Fe Christian Church on the Santa Fe Trail was the only grant awarded in the state of Missouri.

Henry Ford once stated, "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." This celebration of the marking of the Santa Fe Christian Church is a positive example of the community outreach occurring within the Kansas City metropolitan area to preserve our local history.

To read more about the incredible history of this church, go to:

https://newsantafetrailer.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-tribute-to-pioneer-church-on-santa-fe.html

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