Annual Meetings

Our Annual Meetings are held in the spring of each year.  The meetings consist of our anuual business updates, exciting speakers, awards to individuals or groups for their outstanding volunteer work in our communities and a time to meet and greet new and old members.

Photo's from the past 2 years meetings can be found in our "Photo Gallery" under the "Our Brown Sign's" tab above.


April 28, 2015 Annual Meeting

The 21st Annual Membership meeting of the Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association was held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Antioch Library, at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Antioch St., Merriam, Kansas.  The meeting was called to order by President Gary Hicks at 4:30 pm.  26 members and guests were present.


Gary welcomed everyone and gave a brief review of when KCAHTA began in 1995. Four of the original people who started this organization were present.

 Dorothy and Lee Kroh, Joe Kyner and Ross Marshall. 


Awards presentation:

Gary presented the Award of Merit plaque to Marilyn Bell, the administrator of the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund. Unfortunately this grant program is coming to an end at the end of this year. 

The award read:

In recognition of her leadership as the administrator of the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund that has helped support preservation, promotion, public awareness, and education relating to historic trails in the Kansas City area.


Ross Marshall presented the Distinguished Achievement Award posthumously to Pete Cuppage, who recently passed away.

 The award was received by his widow Ginny Cuppage and read:

In recognition of his many years of personal leadership chairing KCAHTA’s Preservation Committee and his outstanding achievements in the support of all four of the Kansas City Area National Historic Trails; the Santa Fe, Oregon, California and Lewis and Clark.

 Pete had been a member of KCAHTA almost since our founding and was a tireless supporter of all that we have done over the years.

The Awards Committee consisted of Gary Hicks, Bob Courtney and Ross Marshall as chair.  



Bob Courtney presented two of the videos that have already been made by the Olathe Historical Society with JCHTF funding.  They were “I’ve Filled My Bill” about the Quantrill Raid on Olathe in September, 1862; and “The Bricklayer” about the amazing record-setting bricklaying feats of Indian Jim on the Kansas City to Olathe Road.