Linda Colle will present the program “Cholera Comes to the Plains – The Epidemic of 1867,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located at 85 U.S. 281, just across the Arkansas River Bridge, south of Great Bend. Colle is president of the Quivira Chapter, Santa Fe Trail Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Trail Association.
Her program will be part of a joint meeting of the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the Barton County Historical Society. Discussion will focus on what cholera is, a history of it in the United States, and the effects of the disease on the U.S. Army. Of special interest is its impact on the frontier Army posts in Kansas, including those along the Santa Fe Trail, such as Fort Zarah and Fort Larned.