May 27 & 28


Memorial Day Weekend Encampment

Re-enactors from Fort Garland Memorial Regiment have scheduled events through the weekend. Activities include drills, living history demonstrations, games and stories. We invite you to join them for a fun and educational weekend. No activities are planned on Memorial Day itself.



June 14


Business Meeting "More Letters from the Fort"

6:00 p.m
Business meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Mess Hall at the Fort. The program will begin at 6:30 with reading of the letters written by soldiers who were stationed at Fort Garland. Re-enactors Haggis, Jackeroo, and Dundee will be reading the letters!



June 24


Crossroads in the Clouds

Three Cultures on LaVeta Pass
Brought to you by the Huerfano County Historical Society
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Uptop, Colorado
At the top of Old La Veta Pass in Huerfano County
Tickets: $30
$25 CURRENT HCHS members
$5 for children 6 and under

Did you know that the LaVeta Pass has always been a major crossroads? It has provided a passageway, all be it arduous, for many cultures across the centuries. Now, the Huerfano County Historical Society offers you an opportunity to not only hear about three cultures that used this crossroad but you can actually see and experience the area yourself. Join HCHS and their special guest speakers to learn about the Utes and their trees, Juan Bautista de Anza and his solders, and the Anglos with their railroads and lumber.

We will spend the morning listening to people who are steeped in these cultures and histories and perhaps even hear some words from Anza himself as he explains a recently translated map used on his travels in our area. John Anderson, Culturally Modified Tree expert, Manuel Molles, ecologist, historian and translator, Deb Lathrop & Sam Law, historians and owners of Uptop, Kay Beth Faris Avery, author and local historian, and Carolyn Newman, writer and historian of all things Huerfano will be our treasured teachers.

Around noon there will be time to have lunch, (included with the ticket) in the beautiful area. After that we encourage you to explore the town and the forest surrounding it. Visit the old depot museum, talk about Chippeta who traveled over the pass, visit the lovely old chapel and get acquainted up close and personal with some Culturally Modified Trees (CMT). Then take off on your own to see if you can find yet undiscovered CMTs outside of the town.

After the exploration time we will join back together to discuss our finds and experiences, ask questions, and say farewell.

Oh, And did we mention – we will have a limited but special selection of books, some written by our speakers themselves, about the area and the cultures for sale for your future learning.

It will be a grand and exceptional day. We hope you will join us. Tickets are limited to 120 due to space in the Dance Hall, so don’t dally.

Limited tickets available; for sale though June 15th or until sold out



July 12


Business Meeting

6:00 p.m.
Business meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Mess Hall at the Fort. The program will begin at 6:30, “An American Tragedy – The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864”. Dr. Shelby Tisdale, Director of the Center of Southwest Studies, Ft. Lewis College, Durango,CO, will provide insight on what led up to the massacre, the event itself, and the events that transpired afterwards.



August 9


Business Meeting

6:00 p.m.
Business meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Mess Hall at the Fort. The program will begin at 6:30 with presentation of “Guns, Fire and Sheep: The Archaeology and History of the Trujillo Homesteads National Historic Landmark in the San Luis Valley” by Marilyn Martorano, Archaeologist.



August 12


Field Trip to Trujillo Homestead Site with San Luis Valley’s best tour guide ever – Fred Bunch! This is a fundraiser!

$25.00/members
$30/non-members
9:00 a.m.
We will meet at the Hooper Gas Station at 9:00 am. The Trujillo Homestead site is located inside the Nature Conservancy’s Zapata Ranch in Hooper near the Sand Dunes. Four wheel drive is recommended. It will be limited to 25 participants so you will need to get your reservations in early!



August 25


Friends Appreciation Dinner

5:30 p.m
Friends Appreciation Dinner for the Friends of the Fort members and volunteers. A wonderful dinner will be prepared by the Fort Director to say thank you and to honor the Friends and volunteers. Come and have a great meal and a fun evening. Reservations are required. Call 719-379-3512.



September 13


Business Meeting

6:00 p.m.
Business meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Mess Hall at the Fort. The program will begin at 6:30 with Scott Thybony entitled, “The Disappearances: A Story of Exploration, Murder and Mystery in the American Southwest”. In 1935, during the wind swept years of the Dust Bowl, three people went missing on separate occasions in the rugged canyon country of southeastern Utah. Intrigued by this unusual string of coincidental disappearances, Scott Thybony set out to learn what happened.



September 16


Fort Garland Memorial Regimental Living History Fall Encampment and Candle Light Tour

All day
Fort Garland, price of admission will feature the Fort Garland Memorial Regiment will present activities and displays that depict 19th century garrison life at Fort Garland. At sundown Jack Rudder will lead a candlelight tour of the museum.



December 2


Annual Christmas Dinner and Silent Auction.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a great time for us to get together for food, fun and fellowship! And, of course, our Silent Auction!