Glimpse of the Past June 16

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Date: June 8, 2011


Glimpse of the Past June 16, 2011

"An Unsolved Mystery: The Mail Train Massacre near Wagon Mound"

Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announces its monthly Glimpses of the Past program, "An Unsolved Mystery: The Mail Train Massacre near Wagon Mound" to be held at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 16, at 7:00 p.m. In early May of 1850, a small westbound mail train was ambushed near Wagon Mound, New Mexico, leaving ten men dead and the New Mexico Territory wrought with fear and anguish. Join Dorothy Audrey Simpson, former Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Highlands University, in a presentation about this pivotal event which helped prompt the United States military to increase its role in the Southwest and to establish numerous fortifications, including Fort Union.

Dorothy Audrey Simpson, Ed. D, a resident of Las Vegas New Mexico, received her M.S. degree in Speech Education from the University of Utah, her B.A. degree from New Mexico Highlands University, and her Ed. D from the University of New Mexico. Dr Simpson retired for New Mexico Highlands University with the rank of Full Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and was appointed Professor Emeritus. Dr. Simpson was one of the first female journalists in New Mexico and is nationally known for her informative, influential and inspiring writing style. Her most recent book, Audrey of the Mountain: The Story of a Twentieth Century Pioneer Woman, debuted in December 2008.

The "Glimpses of the Past" series are free in partnership withthe Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025, or visit the park website at

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