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    Fort Union

    National Monument New Mexico

Glimpses of the Past May 16 2013

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Date: May 1, 2013

"The Forgotten Faces of Fort Union" will be featured on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 7:00PM at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM, 87701.

Throughout its forty year history, Fort Union served as a home to thousands of soldiers and civilians. For most of these individuals, their stories lay hidden and forgotten. Join us for this special presentation as we delve into the lives of these "forgotten" people and discover the extraordinary and incredible stories of success and tragedy of the lives of those that once served at the largest US military fort in the Southwest during the 19th century. This program will be presented by Fort Union National Monument Lead Interpretive Ranger Ron Harvey, whose multi-year extensive research into the lives of those who served at the fort has yielded a treasure trove of stories that have opened new chapters of understanding of the influence and reach that Fort Union played on the national and global stage.

Did You Know?

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The post band usually provided music for dances and special occasions, such as weddings, welcome and farewell parties, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations. They also performed in nearby communities such as Las Vegas and Santa Fe. Following the arrival of the railroad, they were invited to play for dances and other activities in such places as the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway resort hotel near Las Vegas during the 1880's.