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Final Event Schedule Bosque Redondo Memorial Commemoration of 150th Anniversary of the Navajo Treaty of 1868

Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner

May 23, 2018


(Fort Sumner, New Mexico) – These are the free public events planned at the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

Throughout the two-day commemoration at the Bosque Redondo Memorial, Native artisans will be on-site offering traditional jewelry, weavings and food.

Friday, June 8

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Sneak peek of the new exhibition at Bosque Redondo with feedback sessions held throughout the day.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  - Lunch available from on-site vendors.

1 p.m -3 p.m.- Speakers series, featuring:  Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum; Holly Houghton, Mescalero Apache Tribal Historic Preservation Office; Eldon Potter/Bryan Potter of Bryan Potter Design, exhibit designers; Morgen Young, project historian and historical research associate, Jeff Pappas, State Historic Preservation Officer/ Director New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.

3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – Sharing of Oral Histories, featuring; Suzanne Hudson, a Navajo tribal member who tells the stories handed down from her fourth and third great grandmothers who were at the Bosque Redondo concentration camp.  Suzanne tells her ancestors’ stories through pictorial quilts she has crafted.  


Saturday, June 9

10 a.m. to noon- Formal commemoration of the Navajo Treaty of 1868 with speakers from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe and New Mexico government.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch available from on-site vendors. 

12 p.m. - Cultural dances and presentations.

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Commemorative 7-mile walk of remembrance from the Bosque Redondo Memorial to Fort Sumer High School. Visitors are encouraged to participate.

The Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner is open Wednesday through Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays. 



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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