COVID-19 Closure:
In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has closed its museums and historic sites to the public until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA's foremost concern. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.

Fort Selden Historic Site

Learning Resources


About Fort Selden

Suggested Reading List - New Mexico History

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Selden

Women of Fort Selden


Download 19th century food recipes and home remedies here. Use extreme caution in trying historic home remedies or recipes but enjoy this glimpse of life in the past!


Classroom Lesson Plans (K-12):

Click each link below to download a free lesson plan exploring the history of Fort Selden and Paraje Robledo along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

Bats of the Chihuahuan Desert (K-4) 

For thousands of years many people have considered bats to be mysterious creatures. There are many misconceptions about bats that contribute to the stories and fears that surround them. In this lesson, students will learn about the biology of bats, their habitats, and the truth about some of the most common misconceptions. Click HERE to download.

Soap Making (3-8)

Today, none of us could imagine a world without soap. In fact we take for granted how important it is until we run out. Modern hygiene and our ability to prevent and stop the spread of infectious diseases rely on this humble staple of modern life. In this lesson, students will learn how soap was discovered and how the manufacturing of soap making has changed over time with our understanding of cleanliness and hygiene. Click HERE to download.

Toys & Games of the Past (K-8)

Toys and games have been part of every civilization throughout history. However, they have not always been used primarily in childhood. The use of toys and games has shifted over time. By using this lesson plan, you and your students will be able to learn how the toys and games people play with reflect the times in which they live and how their use developed over time. Click HERE to download.

Click here to find virtual lesson plans related to New Mexico Historic Sites.

Fort Selden Historic Site

Leslie Bergloff, Regional Manager

Alexandra McKinney, Instructional Coordinator 

Regional Office: 575-202-1638