Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Motherís Day and Spring events at New Mexico Historic Sites

New Mexico Historic Sites

April 25, 2018


New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a lot to offer the weekend of Mother’s Day. Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West at Fort Selden Historic Site on Saturday. Take Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea at Fort Stanton Historic Site on Sunday. Enjoy a gourd dance at the Fort Sumner Historic Site.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West

Fort Selden Historic Site

Join us this Mother’s Day weekend for a celebration! Meet famous and infamous women who lived on the New Mexico frontier as portrayed by VanAnn Moore, an internationally known performer. Moore will bring to life Doña Tules, Susan Shelby Magoffin and Lydia Spencer Lane. Enjoy tea and cookies. Old-fashioned hats and clothing are encouraged. Mothers will receive a special gift. Seating is limited so please arrive early. The presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. The event is outdoors in the shaded Pavilion. Admission is $3 for adults. Children 16 and under are free. For information call the Fort at 575- 526-8911. Sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Third Annual Bosque Redondo Memorial Gourd Dance

Fort Sumner Historic Site.

The theme for the Third Annual Bosque Redondo Memorial Gourd Dance: Healing the Past for Our Children’s Future Following the Gourd Dance around 8 p.m., Joe Tohonnie, Jr. and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers will be performing their healing dances by fire light to close the ceremonies.  Gourd Dances can be held for many purposes such as: return of veterans, birthdays, or in the case of Fort Sumner Historic Site, to promote healing and strengthening of intertribal relations.  Many Navajo and Mescalero Apache Elders will be journeying from the Four Corners region, the area surrounding the Sacramento Mountains to be a part of this historic dance, and even as far as Pico Rivera, California despite what their oral traditions have dictated.  Through this dance, they are reclaiming their history.  We invite you and your families to join us on this momentous occasion to honor the ancestors of the past and revisit the history before the June 150th commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of 1868.  Additionally, there will be respected speakers throughout the day, traditional foods, and artisans from both the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Navajo Nation present.  Admission is free. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Mother’s Day Tea

Fort Stanton Historic Site

Join the staff of Fort Stanton and the members Fort Stanton, Inc. for our very first Mother’s Day Tea. This event will feature a Victorian era tea party, costumed living historians, and a program about Victorian social etiquette. The tea party will include traditional Victorian food and beverages. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds will support Fort Stanton, Inc. and the continued preservation of Fort Stanton. Reservations are required so please call 575-354-0341 for more information and to purchase advanced tickets.


About New Mexico Historic Sites: On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established 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 New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, six sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort SeldenFort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, and Lincoln. The Los Luceros Historic Property is open to the public during scheduled events and by appointment (505) 476-1130.

In 2004, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at​


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