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Contact: Lorenzo Vigil, 505-425-8025
Fort Union National Monument announces the return of its Fort Union Days weekend event on June 21 and 22, 2014. The event weekend is FREE to the public and runs from 8am-10:00 pm on Saturday, and 8 am-4:30 pm on Sunday. This year, a larger emphasis is going to be placed on the 1870's period of the Fort, and its significant role in the continued conflicts of the "Indian Wars," such as the Red River War of 1874. The event weekend will include guest speakers covering a variety of topics from Army frontier medicine, to the life of American Indians and effects of the "Indian Wars," and the effects of Westward expansion on the environment and inhabitants of the Great Plains.
Saturday's events will include a special evening tour of the fort followed by a stargazing astronomy program (weather permitting).Living History presenters include the Artillery Company of New Mexico, and Fort Union's Company A of the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry. Additionally, an exhibitors and children's tent area will highlight local historical, cultural, and recreational opportunities that can be found in Northern New Mexico.
Included with Sunday's events will be demonstrations on historical cultural dances of the Southwest. This will include traditional local dances that flourished in the Hispanic communities of the 19th Century, and the cultural dances of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. As part of the weekend activities, visitors may also take self-guided tours of Fort Union. It is recommended that visitors wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a hat, sun block, snacks and water. Food and beverage services will be available both days.