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A Night at the Barton County Historical Society Museum
Richard Lartz II, executive director of the Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, talks to the “night guard” as guests prepare to enter the museum after hours. - photo by Susan Thacker

 Last Friday’s “Night at the Museum” program featured historic characters from the Santa Fe Trail come to life, including Kit Carson and William Becknell, the man credited with opening the historic trail 200 years ago. The museum’s “ghost” led the tour, presented by Ride Into History, a camp where participants researched historic characters and learned to portray them. The camp was sponsored by the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. Susan Dunhaupt with Ride Into History said two more camps were planned this month, in Lyons and McPherson, but they have been postponed due to illness.