Taos County Historical Society Talk Sheds Light On Santa Fe Trail’s 1839 Mysterious Female Traveler

Marie Felicite St. Vrain

TCHS News:

The Taos County Historical Society announces the return of its monthly public programs beginning 2 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom at 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.

Speaker Christine St. Vrain Fischahs will present “Shedding Light on the Santa Fe Trail’s 1839 Mysterious Female Traveler”.

Admission is free for members of the Society with a $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Born in 1823, Marie Felicite St. Vrain was inducted into the Santa Fe Trail Association’s Hall of Fame in 2017 for her travels in 1839 along the mountainous route of the Santa Fe Trail and she is considered one of the earliest known females to do so.

Marie was also honored in 2020 with a Women in Americans History award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Marie’s father, an Indian Agent murdered during the Black Hawk War in 1832, prompted favorite uncle Ceran St. Vrain to arrange her visit in 1839 at age 16 to Bent’s Fort, CO. Only mentioned briefly in two books, join Christine St. Vrain Fischahs on a journey to learn more about this mysterious woman.

Christine St. Vrain Fischahs has strong family ties to New Mexico, going back to the 1820s when her 4th great uncle, Ceran St. Vrain, ventured from St. Louis, MO to Taos, NM.

Her great-grandfather, James B. Jones, served as Lt. Governor of New Mexico from 1943-1947. Her great uncle, born in Albuquerque, was the playwright Preston St. Vrain Jones.

Christine is a retired paralegal living in Los Alamos. She is a genealogist, historian, writer and current member of the Taos Mountain Chapter of the American Revolution, the Santa Fe Trail Association, the St. Vrain Mill Preservation and Historical Foundation and the New Mexico Genealogical Society. In addition, as the Publications co-chair for the SFTA, Christine created the website www.santafetrail200.org to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail.

The Taos County Historical Society is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the historical resources of Taos County and Northern New Mexico. Membership is open to any interested person. Visit www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org for membership and additional information.

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