New Mexico Historic Sites

New Mexico Historic Sites explores the potential of Fort Stanton Historic Site and Lincoln Historic Site with enthusiastic new interpretive ranger

August 01, 2022


Lincoln, NM – New Mexico Historic Sites (NMHS) is elated to welcome enthusiastic new interpretive ranger James Wilson to Lincoln Historic Site (LHS) and Fort Stanton Historic Site (FSHS). 

In recent months, NMHS has brought several new staff members on board throughout the state, many of them in southern New Mexico. NMHS plans to highlight and celebrate each of them in a series of releases leading up to Old Lincoln Days, which runs August 5-7. 

Wilson brings a wide range of experience to his new role. He received a BA in History from the University of New Mexico, and in 2014, he went on to complete an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Kansas. Previously, he served as park historian at Kleb Woods Nature Preserve and Cypress Top Historic Park in Houston, Texas. He also worked as a historic interpreter at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site near Mexia, Texas, the Meeteetse Museums in Meeteetse, Wyoming, and the Mahaffie Stage Station near Kansas City.  

Wilson has also volunteered extensively. He spent many years working on public lands restoration projects in New Mexico, served as a park guide for the National Park Service, and worked as an archival assistant at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Missouri.  

“Fort Stanton has so much potential,” Wilson said. “What attracted me most to this position are the vast and diverse histories Fort Stanton provides in terms of interpretation, exhibits and public programming.” 

In his personal life, Wilson has a special interest in mid-century modern architecture and the end of the age of modernism. 

About New Mexico Historic Sites  New Mexico Historic Sites is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its donors. The New Mexico Historic Sites system was established in 1931 by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico. The eight Historic Sites include Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros.

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