February 21, 2019
This Week's Speaker is Travis Boley, Association Manager, Oregon-California Trails Assoc. His topic is "Truman and the Trails."

Mr. Travis Boley has served as Association Manager of the Oregon-California Trails Association, headquartered in Independence, MO, since October 2003.  Previous career stops include stints as Executive Director of the Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph and curator at both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts and the International Bowling Museum in St. Louis. He earned a BA in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters of Historical Administration from the University of Kansas. He is the father of four children, and the youngest two are still attending school at Blue Springs South. He resides in Independence.

Travis is presenting on "Truman and the Trails," an upcoming history symposium being held in Independence, Missouri on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence. Thy symposium will focus on Independence and the Greater Kansas City area and its role as a starting point for the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails as well as Harry S Truman's family ties to the trails and his later role in developing heritage tourism opportunities along them as president of the National Old Trails Road Association in the 1920s and 1930s. A tour along the Independence Route of the 3-Trails corridor will be offered on Friday morning and a second tour along the Westport Route of the corridor will be offered on Saturday morning. Six speakers will present on a variety of related topics each afternoon, with social events offered on Thursday and Friday evening.