The Taos County Historical Society has announced its program, “Ceran St. Vrain is New Mexico True” by Christine St. Vrain-Fischahs of Los Alamos.
This free, public lecture is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2 in the Boardroom of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, 118 Cruz Alta, Road in Taos. The program is part of the Society’s participation in the Taos Arts Council consortium 2018 theme “Taos: Cultural Crossroads of the West.”
Leader, frontiersmen, mountain-man, and an astute businessman with a love for roaming the story of Ceran St. Vrain has been well documented. From a familial point of view, St. Vrain-Fischahs will provide a refreshing reminder of Ceran’s 50 years in New Mexico and his huge impact on its people, politics and introduction of New Mexico into the American fabric of life.
Highlights of Ceran’s life and legacy include Ceran’s first “long and troublesome” journey down the Santa Fe Trail in 1824 and his subsequent commercialization of it, participation in the settlement of the Taos and Mora valleys, his efforts to avenge his business partner Charles Bent during the Taos Revolt, his coordination with the soldiers at Fort Union to provide flour and other goods,and his other Santa Fe connections. In addition Christine will present information on Marcellin St. Vrain, Ceran’s youngest brother, who followed him from Missouri down the Sant Fe Trail to experience a young man’s dream of frontier life.
St. Vrain-Fischahs is the 4th-great-neice of famed mountain man, fur-trader and entrepreneur Ceran St. Vrain and the third great-granddaughter of Marcellin St. Vrain. She began her genealogy quest in 1999, devoting many hours to research accumulating an in-depth history of her St. Vrain family and its influence in the western United States. She has organized two family reunions: one at Bent’s Old Fort in Colorado and one in St. Louis, Mo. She is organizing the next one in conjunction with the Santa Fe Trail Association’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the trail Sept. 22-26, 2021at Bent’s Old Fort.
2016 marked St. Vrain-Fischahs’s first year of public speaking beginning with her presentation “Ceran St. Vrain is New Mexico True” at the Santa Fe Trail Descendant’s conference in Las Vegas, NM. Among others, she has been delighted to give this presentation to the Stephen Watts Kearney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Santa Fe Tail Association, the Old Spanish Trail Association, Fort Union and Friends, and the New Mexico Genealogical Society.
St. Vrain-Fischahs is a retired paralegal living in Los Alamos with her husband, dog, cat and two birds.
The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1952 for the purpose of “…preserving the history of the Taos area…” Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. Visit www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org for additional information on membership, programs and events.