Night Sky Photography Workshop – August 7, 2021

Introduction to Night Photography – Methods and Practice

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Stan Ford - Night Sky Photography Workshop at Pecos National Historical Park

Is night photography in a beautiful setting on your learning bucket list? The Friends of Pecos National Historical Park is hosting this unique workshop. Park volunteer Stan Ford will lead an introductory night photography session for a limited number of participants. Participants should plan to bring their own manual mode-enabled cameras, tripods, red-bulb flashlights, and weather-appropriate clothing. Reservations are required and space is extremely limited; please email Stan Ford at fotosbyford@gmail.com to make reservations. The class will cover basic methods of nighttime photography at the Pecos Room by the Visitor Center starting at 7:00 and will be followed by practice at the Church area around 8:00.

The park entrance gate will open at 6:30 p.m. and will shut at 7:00 p.m. Please note that after 7:00 no further entry will be permitted. 

From I-25: Due to upcoming road construction, it is recommended that you take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the park will be on your left. 

Drum-making Demonstrations at Pecos NHP

Join Tomás Herrera of Cochiti Pueblo on June 26th and 27th for a demonstration of how traditional Cochiti-style drums are made! Herrera will showcase his methods and materials, including tools and processes, at the Pecos National Historical Park visitor center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on both days. For more information, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241.  

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).  

Dispatches from New Mexico – Wilderness First Aid: 101

The Economic Development Department – Outdoor Recreation Division, is a partner with the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Please enjoy this informative Wilderness First Aid 101 video.

Whether you grew up hiking and hunting or you’re just venturing into the backcountry for the first time this spring, a few basic self-sufficiency skills are just as important as any piece of gear. If you’re more than a few miles or a few hours from medical help, it’s important to know how to deal with some of the most common wilderness injuries. Thankfully, New Mexico is rich in resources to educate all of us on better risk management. Join the Economic Development Department and its Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) for this month’s Dispatches from New Mexico speaker series. The March event — co-sponsored by Base Medical, Western New Mexico University’s Center for a Sustainable Future and Outdoor Programs, Cottonwood Gulch, and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – will educate participants on how to mitigate risk when getting outdoors and the best resources to continue your backcountry education.

The Civil War in New Mexico: Tall Tales and True

The New Mexico Geological Society hosts has hosted an annual fall field conference since 1950. It’s three day technical conference in different part of New Mexico each year. While it’s targeted at geoscience practitioners and highly technical in nature, there are often papers included in the published guidebook that are of general interest. In the 1983 Fall Field Conference in the Socorro area, an excellent paper was published that gives good overview of the Civil War in New Mexico. In light of the fact that we’ve spent the past week looking at the Civil War at the Pecos National Historical Park, this article offers a review of some of what was presented.

The Civil War in New Mexico: Tall Tales and True

Enjoy!

2021 Virtual Civil War Encampment – Presentation Recordings

Thank you for joining the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park and the Park staff during this past week commemorating the Civil War in New Mexico. As promised, each of the four presentation recordings is now available. They’ve been posted on a permanent webpage , or for your convenience they are listed below. Each recording includes the speaker presentation and the chat window. Enjoy!

Night 1 – The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande ValleyVideo

Night 2 – Civil War MedicineVideo

Night 3 – Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862 – Video

Night 4 – Snow, Sheep, and the Santa Fe Trail: The Environmental History of the Battle of Glorieta Pass – Video

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Civil War Encampment video series – Sharpshooter’s Ridge

The third video in this Civil War Encampment series shows the Sharpshooter’s Ridge that overlooks the Glorieta Pass Battlefield site on the Pecos National Historical Park.

This evening, the third of the Virtual Civil War Encampment presentations starts at 7 PM MDT and will feature

“Free Land for Free Men”: The Civil War and the Homestead Act of 1862  

Homestead National Historical Park’s historian Jonathan Fairchild will explore the interconnected story of the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Civil War via a live Zoom program. He will share the events and legislation that led up to both the Civil War and the passage of the Homestead Act, which granted 270 million acres of free land in 30 states across the country. The program will also examine the impact and legacy of that law on Civil War veterans. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park. Registration required; Register by noon Mountain time, 3/23 -> peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Civil War Encampment Video Series – Cañoncito

The second video in this Civil War Encampment series shows the Cañoncito site on the Pecos National Historical Park.

This evening, the second of the Virtual Civil War Encampment presentations starts a 7 PM MDT and will feature

Civil War Medicine  

Join Fort Scott National Historic Site Park Ranger Barak Geertsen for an interactive Zoom program about Civil War medicine. Participants will learn how Fort Scott provided care to the sick and wounded, discover aspects of medical treatments of the time and compare them to modern methods, and discover how many medical items at the time were used in diagnosing and curing illness. Hosted by the Friends of the Pecos National Historical Park.  Registration required; Register by noon Mountain time, 3/23  peco_visitor_information@nps.gov

Civil War Encampment Video Series – Camp Lewis

The first video in this Civil War Encampment series shows the Camp Lewis site on the Pecos National Historical Park.

This evening, the first of the Virtual Civil War Encampment presentations starts a 7 PM MDT and will feature

The Illinois 29th United States Infantry Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley  

Join Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Education and Community Engagement Coordinator Jorge Hernández live on Zoom for the screening of the new short film: The Illinois 29th United States Colored Troops in the Rio Grande Valley. Following the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, African American soldiers of the Illinois 29th USCT continued their military service in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. There the fight for freedom and equality took on a different meaning and experience. Ranger Hernández will introduce the video and host a live question and answer session afterward.

There is still time to register until 3 PM MDT – peco_visitor_information@nps.gov