Preservation Crew Announcement

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that Pecos National Historical Park is hiring several summer seasonal positions this year. The work mostly surrounds adobe preservation and work on the ancient church and convento. We are looking for people with adobe skills and those who are wanting to learn skills. Please pass this message along to anyone you think might be interested. I truly hope that our local community can get these jobs to continually improve our local economy and population.
The deadline for application is this Friday. We do NOT take applications in person at the park. All applications must be submitted on-line through the link below. Successful applications must be filled completely and accurately. Partial applications will not be accepted by the website.
Laborer, WG-3
Maintenance Worker (Historic Preservation), WG-5
Masonry Worker, WG-7
Please help us get the word out. Again application are due by Friday at the links provided above.  We are looking for employees with skills or a hard work ethic.

Respectfully,

Karl P. Cordova
Superintendent
Pecos National Historical Park
P.O. Box 418
Pecos, NM 87552

Historic Kozlowski Trading Post to open in the Spring at the Park

Photo credit: Stan Ford

Many of us frequently drive by the historic Kozlowski trading post on NM-63 between Pecos and Rowe.  For the past year this pink adobe building has been undergoing a transformation, from an idle building alongside the highway to a wonderful new Pecos National Historical Park improvement that will soon be available to the public.

Santa Fe New Mexican article featuring the trading post

 

Inside view of construction in the Trading Post. Photo credit: Paul Weideman
Kozlowski trading post at Pecos National Historical Park
Photo credit: Paul Weideman. Inside courtyard of the trading post construction site.

 

 

Save the Date: Farolito Walk and Las Posadas at Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos, NM:– Join us this December for a two-night holiday event at Pecos National Historical Park. Together with the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, St. Anthony’s Parish, and Western National Parks Association, the park will offer a Farolito Walk on Monday, December 16th and Las Posadas festivities on Tuesday, December 17th.  Both events are free.

Farolito Walk

Monday, December 16th

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This laid-back evening will offer visitors the opportunity to leisurely take in the magic and ambiance of more than 3500 farolitos. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a winter’s evening as you follow the illuminated 1-mile trail to the Spanish Mission Church and pueblo. Start your visit at the event tent that will be located outside the E.E. Fogelson Visitor Center.  There you will find refreshments, warming stations, and the trailhead.

Las PosadasLas Posadas - Pecos National Historical Park

Tuesday, December 17th

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This evening offers a more traditional Las Posadas experience.  Horse-drawn wagon rides will begin at 5:15 p.m.  The procession will begin at the remnants of the 18th century church and convento at 6:00 p.m. and wind down the trail to the visitor center with the group singing traditional hymns and holiday songs in both English and Spanish. More than 3,500 farolitos will illuminate the trail. Free hot beverages and biscochitos will be served at the event tent.

In Spanish, las posadas means “inns” or “shelters,” and represents the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. St. Anthony’s Parish in Pecos carries on this northern New Mexico tradition every December. Pecos National Historical Park will be just one stop during this novena, or nine-day event.

Please note, these events are almost entirely outdoors; appropriate winter clothing and flashlights are highly recommended.

The Western National Parks Association bookstore, which is located inside the Visitor Center will be open both evenings until 8:00 p.m.  The bookstore, which will be offering a holiday sale during both events, features arts and crafts from local artists, a large selection of books, and a new line of educational earth science games.

For more information, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco.

Park Announces Plans for 2019 Fall Fishing Season

Pecos, NM:  Beginning August 14th, Pecos National Historical Park will offer fall fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries.  The 2019 fall fishing season will begin September 12th and end November 4th.

 For the 2019 fall fishing season, Pecos National Historical Park will be using an online reservation system.  Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance via www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  A $15 per day fee must be paid online during the online reservation process. Please note that anglers are still required to check in and acquire a special use permit at the park visitor center prior to fishing.  For more information related to fishing, visit the park website https://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.

Within the park, three miles of the Pecos River are divided into three sections or “beats.” This approach offers anglers roughly one mile on the Pecos River to fish with up to two other people for the day. Three beats (for up to nine anglers per day) are available on the reservation system.

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like on us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Annual Feast Day Celebration at Pecos Pueblo

Traditional dancers from the Pueblo of Jemez

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park will host the annual Feast Day celebration at Pecos Pueblo on Sunday, August 11th. Join in a time honored tradition as community members from the Pueblo of Jemez and Pecos celebrate Feast Day mass inside the ruins of Our Lady of the Angels ofPorciúncula (Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles de Porciúncula). Following the 9:30 a.m. mass, the Feast Day celebration continues with traditional dancers from the Pueblo of Jemez and fresh rolls from the horno.  Dances are expected to begin late morning; photography is permitted.

Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo represents the fulfillment of a long-standing promise.  Before leaving Pecos Pueblo in 1838, the last inhabitants of Pecos Pueblo entrusted a special painting to St. Anthony’s Parish.  A symbol of the pueblo’s adoption of Christianity as another form of religion, this portrait depicts the patron saint bestowed upon the Mission of Pecos in the 1620s.  Every August, Pecos village fulfills its promise to perpetually honor the saint by celebrating a feast day mass in the remains of her final church.

For more information contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit www.nps.gov/peco. You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram(https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Glorieta Pass Battlefield Monument Clean Up

There have been many discussions between Park Superintendent Karl Cordova and Friends President, Bill Zunkel about how to improve the Battlefield monument site on NM 50.  It started with the contributions of the Friends Group to seek funding to erect a stone and bronze monument honoring the brave volunteers of New Mexico who fought in the Battle of Glorieta Pass.  Then discussions of ways to improve the aesthetics of the site, since it was previously surrounded by unmanaged dirt.  Bill Zunkel suggested that enhancing this site with youth would be a win-win activity.  Karl suggested that it would make an excellent Eagle Scout project for our local Boy Scout troop. Karl was able to talk Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Cordova to take on this project. It should be mentioned that he did a biographical report on Manuel Chaves and his role in the Battle while in the 5th grade, Ryan is now going into the 10th grade.  The original plan was to have Ryan and his fellow scouts complete this project in June or July, 2019.
In April, 2019, Pecos NHP was contacted by the National Park Trust asking us to consider hosting a “Kids in the Park” Day along with their Junior Ranger Ambassador, Brian Wilson on May 18.  The National Park Trust is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization who supports the National Park Service mission in many different ways. One of their new programs is the Junior Ranger Ambassador program, where they select youth from across the country to advocate for kids becoming more involved with parks. Brian was selected due to his visits to over 160 NPS units and level of media attention that follows him and his blog site.  Brian elected to choose Pecos NHP as his first Ambassador program.  There are several requirements from the National Park Trust, and one of them includes Brian participating in a conservation project. At the time that we were asked to participate in Brian’s program, we only had one conservation project that was applicable to kids and this was the Civil War Monument site enhancement project. We had to quickly complete the required compliance and planning and develop a youth oriented conservation day, with Ryan’s help. Park staff assisted the project with procuring and installing a low rock wall and providing some supplies and material. Ryan organized and supervised the labor staff using scouts, leaders and Brian.  Ryan developed a site plan, list of materials and a labor plan to accomplish the project by 1 PM that day.  The goal was met with the hard work and dedication of youth and leaders.
Another requirement of the Junior Ranger Ambassador Day, is that the park and Brian must host fun and educational activities for local and visiting youth. With the cooperation of Brian and his family, the park suggested hosting a raptor education program to be conducted by the New Mexico Wildlife Center, and the New Mexico State Museum staff cooperated by providing a primitive hunting workshop, and traditional jewelry making demonstrations at the park visitor center. These were all accomplished with great success and with very little time for planning and coordinating.  Additionally, a television program “Travels with Darley” requested to capture the conservation project along with an interpretive/on camera ranger presentation to be an upcoming episode on her program. The “Travels with Darley” program airs on PBS and Amazon Prime.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.