FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 01, 2017
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Santa Fe, NM) – Plan an escape from the modern day at New Mexico Historic Sites over the next two weekends. The Lincoln Historic Site celebrates Old Lincoln Days this coming weekend, and the Jemez Historic Site commemorates Pueblo Independence Day the following weekend.
Old Lincoln Days: Friday – Sunday August 4-6 Lincoln, New Mexico. Join us for Old Lincoln Days 2017! The weekend will be filled with a variety of activities highlighting Lincoln’s unique and storied past. Food, vendors, living history reenactments, children’s activities, and of course the country’s oldest running Western Pageant "The Last Escape of Billy the Kid." Stay tuned to the event page for updates on details about special events, activities, and much more! http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/3376/old-lincoln-days
Pueblo Independence Day: Sunday August 13, 7:00 AM – 3:00PM, Jemez Historic Site, Jemez Springs, New Mexico. 14th annual commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day. On August 10, 1680—the Pueblo People of New Mexico—aided by Apache and Navajo allies—launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization. Commemorative activities will begin with a pilgrimage run from Walatowa plaza in Jemez Pueblo to Giusewa Pueblo kiva at Jemez Historic Site (approximately a half marathon or 13 miles). The run begins at 7:00 AM, and the general public is welcome to participate. Volunteers will provide water stations at one-mile intervals, and a shuttle service for slow runners will be available. At 10:00 AM, guest speakers will welcome all the runners and their sponsors to the site. The following festivities, between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM, will feature: Jemez traditional dances and Native American flute music. There will also be authentic Native arts & crafts and Native food. There is no admission fee for any of the activities related to this event. Call 575-829-3530 for more information. http://media.newmexicoculture.org/event/3207/pueblo-independence-day
About New Mexico Historic Sites:
The New Mexico Historic Site system was established on March 14, 1931 by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs, six of seven sites are active and open to the public: Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Coronado, Fort Selden, Jemez, Fort Stanton and Lincoln. The El Camino Real Historic Trail Site was closed in 2016 until further notice. In 2004, the historic Barela-Reynolds House and Property in Mesilla, was designated a state historic site upon its donation to the state by the John Paul Taylor family. Mr.& Mrs. Taylor will retain a life estate on the property that will not be open to the public until their deaths.