Held annually on the second Saturday in July, Fort Stanton Live brings costumed interpreters from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for a flurry of activity. Visitors can expect cavalry, infantry, and artillery demonstrations (no cannons or cap guns will be fired), presentations from writers and historians, tours, old-time games for kids, food vendors, and live performances from period-appropriate bands.
It’s sure to be a grand old time! Fort Stanton Live brings authors, historians, photographers, artists, and various historical vendors to the site to share their crafts and other handiwork. Local food vendors are also on hand to provide sustenance for your day at the Fort, so bring a healthy appetite for knowledge, food, and fun.
Purchase tickets to Fort Stanton Live here!
Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. | Parking Lot | Gates Open
9:30 a.m. | Parade Grounds | Morning Flag Ceremony
9:45 a.m. | Chapel | Lanny Maddox, Native American flute player
10:00 a.m. | Officers Quarters | Special Lecture: Knutt Petersen | Fort Stanton Cave
10:30 a.m. | Grounds | Infantry Drill
10:45 a.m. | Chapel | Lecture #1: Fred Friedman | Origin, Contributions, and Legacies of Arizona and New Mexico Railroad Workers
11:00 a.m. | Stage | Band: Flying J Wranglers
11:30 a.m. | Chapel | Guided Tour of Internment Camp
12:00 p.m. | Officers Quarters | Special Lecture: Knutt Petersen | Fort Stanton Cave
12:30 p.m. | Hospital | Lecture #2: Kathy Flynn | Legacy of the New Deal Programs
12:30 p.m. | Chapel | Lecture #3: Sherry Robinson | Mescalero Reservation: The Early Days
1:00 p.m. | Stage | Band: 1st New Mexico Field Music
1:30 p.m. | Chapel | Lecture #4: Dr. Michael Clements |
2:00 p.m. | Officers Quarters | Special Lecture: Knutt Petersen | Fort Stanton Cave
2:15 p.m. | Stage | Saber Presentation
2:30 p.m. | Chapel | Lanny Maddox, Native American flute player
2:45 p.m. | Museum Gift Shop Parking Lot | Guided Tour of Post Cemetery
3:30 p.m. | Chapel | Lecture #4: Matthew Barbour | Battle of Glorieta Pass Confederate Mass Grave, 1862
4:30 p.m. | Parade Grounds | Closing Flag Ceremony