The Santa Fe Trail, celebrating its bicentennial in 2021, has been called the Trail of “Commerce and Conquest”. During this illustrated PowerPoint presentation, Naomi will share the sometimes challenging, dangerous and profitable experiences of Jewish individuals navigating the nearly 900 miles of the Santa Fe Trail, where many eventually made their homes in communities along the way.
Naomi Sandweiss, MA, is a native of New Mexico who is passionate about Jewish history. She is past president of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society, author of Jewish Albuquerque 1860-1960 and numerous articles in publications including Tablet Magazine. Naomi works as Executive Director of Parents Reaching Out, a nonprofit organization, and is the parent of two young adults. In 2018, she traveled 500 miles of the Santa Fe Trail, exploring Jewish history along the way.
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