National Pony Express Association (NPEA)
The NPEA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to Re-establish, Identify, and Re-ride the Historical Pony Express Trail.
1980 was the first year the NPEA relayed mail through the state of Kansas. Shortly thereafter, the Kansas Division was organized. The mail is relayed, by horseback, day and night along the entire route, from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA. and takes approximately 10 days. One year mail travels east, and the next it travels west.
In 1985, the NPEA celebrated the 125th anniversary of the running of the original Pony Express, and the Kansas Division helped with the dedication ceremony for the bronze Pony Express sculpture, created by Richard Bergen for Marysville, KS.
In May of 1988, the Kansas members helped with the unveiling and dedication of a brick mural, which honors the Pony Express, south of Hanover, KS. In 1989 members helped petition the State of Kansas to rename Highway 36 'Pony Express Highway', and to rename the bridge over the Missouri River the Pony Express Bridge.
In 1989, Kansas members worked with a film crew from California, for a kick-off of the television series, the Young Riders.
After the Friends of Hollenberg Station erected a silhouette of a Pony Express Rider near Hanover, KS, the Division was granted permission to use the design, and has placed three other silhouettes near the trail in Kansas.
In 1990, members of the Kansas Division took part in the First International Ride with members from Germany and Czechoslovakia. Mail was carried in the United States and then carried overseas.
Most recently the division has been offering scholarships to area youth that want to continue their education. In the past they gave three scholarships, now they have given up to 17 scholarships.
The division has hosted several National Conventions in the state and has currently taken on the task of printing and addressing all the commemorative letters, which are carried along the Pony Express National Historic Trail.