Pecos NHP Offers Free Lecture: The Battle of Glorieta Pass: Gettysburg of the West?

Pecos, NM:  At first glance, the similarities are intriguing; Both Gettysburg and the Battle of Glorieta Pass involved Confederate invasions of Union territory, occurred over a three-day period, and resulted in Union strategic victories.

Civil War Glorieta Battlefield
Photo credit: Stan Ford – fotosbyford.com

Both Glorieta and Gettysburg are Class A battlefields, a designation given only to sites of decisive conflicts. Despite all this, is it possible that their differences are more significant than their similarities? Let’s talk about it on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Vista Grande Public Library!

Dr. Claudia Floyd is retired Professor of History at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a volunteer at Monocacy National Battlefield and is now a volunteer at Pecos National Historical Park and a guide at the New Mexico History Museum.

Please note, this program will take place at the Vista Grande Public Library, which is located at 14 Avenida Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508.  Space is limited, so please arrive early.

For more information about the park 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 at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

2020 Civil War Encampment – March 28th

2020 Civil War Encampment

Schedule of Events and Location

Pecos, NM:  The annual Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park will take place Saturday, March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This free, family-friendly event will bring to life the experience of the Civil War in New Mexico.  Interact with living history participants, take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, witness black powder demonstrations, and hear speakers share their expertise on life during the Civil War in the West.  Children of all ages can make crafts, play historical games, and meet the snakes from the American International Rattlesnake Museum.

Schedule of Events:

Black Powder Demonstration

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

See, hear and experience the power of black powder weapons like rifles, cannon and muskets.

Kids’ Activities

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stop by the kids’ tent to create and decorate a 19th century optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope, re-create the Pecos Valley during the Battle of Glorieta with Lincoln Logs, toy soldiers, and horses or have a friendly competition playing the popular Civil War-era game of quoits.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical ParkTravel back in time as you enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon rides between the Visitor Center and the encampment field. The horse rides are a popular attraction, so be sure to arrive early!

 Lecture: Field Artillery of the Civil War

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Field artillery provided a heavy punch with a long reach to both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Ken Dusenberry of the Artillery Company of New Mexico will break down the basics of how and why artillery was used in the 19th century with a specific emphasis on the types of artillery used in the Battle of Glorieta and the Battle of Valverde.

 

Live Snakes!

12:00 p.m. -12:45 p.m.

Join the American International Rattlesnake Museum for a live snake presentation.  Learn more about the vital role that snakes play in this rugged environment, the challenges they face, and what we can do to be safe around our slithering neighbors.

 Black Powder Demonstration

Civil War Encampment at Pecos National Historical Park

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

See, hear and experience the power of black powder weapons like rifles, cannon and muskets.

 

All events are free and open to the public.  From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In two miles, the park will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left. Please be sure to check in at the information tent upon arrival to confirm event locations and times.  

Civil War Encampment Many thanks to park partners including the Friends of Pecos National Historical Park, Western National Parks Association, the Artillery Company of New Mexico, the 9th Texas Infantry Unit, 4th Texas Mounted Volunteers, the Civil War Ladies League  and the 3rd NM Volunteers Living History Unit from Fort Union National Monument for their invaluable help with this event.

 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 at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

Park Announces Plans for 2020 Spring Fishing Season

Pecos National Historical Park fishing program near Forked Lightning Ranch
Pecos National Historical Park fishing program near Forked Lightning Ranch

Pecos, NM:  Beginning February 6th, Pecos National Historical Park will offer spring fishing permits for the Pecos River within the park boundaries.  The 2020 spring fishing season will begin March 5th and ends April 13th.

 For the 2020 fishing seasons, 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 at https://www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).

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.