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Cultural Encounters 150th Civil War Anniversary 2012

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Date: June 12, 2012
Contact: Greg Baker, 505-425-8025

Cultural Encounters: 150th Civil War Anniversary 2012

Watrous, NM: Fort Union National Monument announces the annual Cultural Encounters, a free event on June 23 and 24, 2012 from 8am to 10:45pm on Saturday, and 8am to 4:15pm on Sunday.The event will emphasize the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War as it relates to New Mexico and Fort Union and will include speakers on topics such as military operations, impacts of the Civil War on Native Americans, effects of the "Indian Wars", civil rights and the expanding role of women on the frontier.

Visitors may walk amongst and learn from living History presenters including the Fort Davis Buffalo Soldiers, Artillery Company of New Mexico, Fort Larned military company and Fort Union's Company A of the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry. An exhibitors and children's tent area will highlight local historical, cultural, and recreational opportunities.  

Saturday's events will include a special evening sunset fort tour followed by a stargazing astronomy program. Sunday will begin with an 8:15am ranger led 2 mile hike along the historic Santa Fe Trail which will focus on the natural environment of Fort Union and difficulties faced on the Santa Fe Trail. Visitors may also take self-guided tours of Fort Union. It is recommended that visitors wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, and bring sun block, snacks and water. Food and beverage services will be available both days.

 

Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail . To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025.

Did You Know?

Baseball

Fort Union had their own baseball team, and may have been the first baseball team in the West! They competed against teams from other communtites, including Las Vegas, Wagon Mound, Mora, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.