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Glimpse of the Past July 21, 2011
“Loma Parda and Fort Union”
Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announces its monthly Glimpses of the Past program, "Loma Parda and Fort Union" to be held at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m.Today, the ruins ofLoma Parda are but a memory of a once-vibrant Hispanic village that eventually became a favored place for soldiers from nearby Fort Union to visit. But the village, who's residents dammed the nearby Mora River and built an elaborate community irrigation system, had a more important role in providing food and recreational opportunities (both legal and illegal) for the soldiers of Fort Union. Join Dr. David L. Geary, Ph.D., and learn the great influence that this small community once played in the lives of those stationed at Fort Union and of the surrounding communities.
Dr. David L. Geary, Ph.D., is an historian and volunteer at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, New Mexico's living history museum, in Santa Fe. A retired U.S. Air Force officer and former senior communications executive with the U.S. Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Dr. Geary has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia State, New Mexico, and Victoria (Canada).
The "Glimpses of the Past" series are free in partnership withthe Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation.