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 (high school and college) to sessions at the BRM to engage in emersion activities that the Native Americans interned would have been required to do from building adobe bricks, building brush shelters, making food from available rations, filtering water and building fires along with other activities.  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 as part of our National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The grant allows us to offer to schools up to $180 for transportation to include cost of fuel and pay to the driver and covers the cost of materials used by the students.

The dates that we have available are: October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov 1. We are scheduling 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.

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

Rhonda Gutierrez, Instructional Coordinator: Rhonda.gutierrez@state.nm.us or call 575-355-2573.