Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial

Glimpse of Life Program



Glimpse of Life on the Reservation

We would like to invite you and your students to participate in a program that we conduct at Bosque Redondo Memorial (BRM) at Fort Sumner Historic Site called Glimpse of Life on the Reservation. The one day program (hours can be tailored to consider bussing and distance) is conducted throughout October. We invite students (4th grade through college) to sessions at the BRM to engage in emersion activities that the Native Americans interned would have been required to do. The Junior High and High School students usually participate in activities such as building adobe bricks, building brush shelters, making food from available rations, filtering water and building fires along with other reflective activities.  Junior Glimpse is a program for 4th-6th grade. Students in this program participate in activities such as shooting bows and arrows, making smaller adobe bricks, introductory weaving, and a reflective activity. We typically try to visit the school beforehand (the last week of September and first week of October) and present to the students a brief history of Fort Sumner and then discuss the conditions and what the students can expect when they come to the site. However, if you can only schedule a site visit, you can download the previsit presentation and the logistics list to prepare students for what they might encounter.

These activities meet many standards in social studies but also science and mathematics.

These programs are conducted thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant allows us to provide schools up to $500 for transportation to include cost of bussing and pay to the driver and covers the cost of materials used by the students.

We schedule on a first come basis and we like to keep the schedule to one school per day in order to be able to give each group undivided attention. The next Glimpse program begins October 2020 and is limited to 8 schools.

If you are interested for your school class or club to participate, please email or call:

Rhonda Gutierrez, Instructional Coordinator: or call 575-355-2573.

Schools that have participated in the past: Santa Rosa Elementary & High School, Fort Sumner High School, Floyd Junior High, Elida Junior High, San Jon Junior High, Cameo Elementary in Clovis, Clovis/Portales Home Cooperative, Mesa Elementary, and ENMU Anthropology/Sociology Program.