"Festival With A Purpose..."
The purpose and goal of the "Grassland Heritage Festival" is to support the Morton
County Historical Society's efforts to increase cultural awareness and tourism in southwest
Kansas. The Festival and supporting outreach events surround the St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital "Saddle-Up" Trail Ride, a popular annual event which brings Santa Fe
Trail, Cimarron National Grassland and equine enthusiasts into Morton County, Kansas.
Artists programming will focus on Southwest Kansas heritage featuring drama, dance, and traditional
The mission of the "Grassland Heritage Festival" is to educate and present performing
arts that celebrate the culture of the Santa Fe Trail's historic travelers and to inform
audiences about the need to preserve the Cimarron National Grassland and the high plains prairie
where this convergence of culture continues. The Festival is a series of events designed to
promote Eco-tourism and the area's cultural heritage through sharing the history of the Santa
Fe Trail and Cimarron National Grassland.
What Entertainment do we have? What about costs?
Where can I find a good map of the area?
What about ...?
All the answers to these questions and more can be found on one of our linked pages. Be it our
Schedule Page, or our Frequent Question Page. Additionally maps of the area, graciously provided by
The Morton County Mapping Department, can be found on our maps link. Users should feel free to
print off either of these pages to help get to the many different activities that the festival has
to offer. The maps will take some time to down load, they are detailed maps so please be
For Further Information contact:
Myrna Barnes or Becky Ellis
Morton County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 1248
Elkhart, KS 67950-1248
Phone: (620) 697-2833 Fax: (620) 697-4390