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Treat Mom to History -- Fort Selden Tea Honors Mothers

May 11, 2012

S. Derrickson Moore

Take mom time traveling with a trip back in time at historic Fort Selden State Monument for a fun mother's day event. Mom can enjoy a period tea and a complimentary corsage and some fun regional history, appropriately, during this New Mexico State Centennial year.

"Last year, we had about 140 for the tea. Admission is free for all New Mexico residents, children under 17 and all mothers, regardless of where they come from. The tea begins at 10 a.m. Sunday and lasts until about 1 p.m., or until the tea runs out," said Nathan Stone, monument manager. While you're there, take time to stroll the grounds and see displays in the visitors' center that offers glimpses of frontier family life.

Get a glimpse into legendary figures who once lived in our territory, from the famed Buffalo Soldiers to the little boy who grew up to be Gen. Douglas MacArthur and imagine what life must have been like for moms of yesteryear. You'll find a family portrait there, featuring the general as a young boy, along with his mother, Mary Pinkney Hardy MacArthur, his dad, Gen. Arthur MacArthur, who was Fort Selden post commander in the late 1880s, and older brother Arthur III.

"Built on the banks of the Rio Grande in 1865, this adobe fort housed units of the U.S. Infantry and Cavalry. Their intent was to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from criminals and Apache Indians. Several of the units stationed at the fort were black troopers, referred to as Buffalo

Soldiers," according to the monument website,

Fort Selden State Monument is 13 miles north of Las Cruces on Interstate 25, exit 19. Regular admission is $3 for visitors over 17, free for all New Mexico residents on Sundays, and free for kids under 17. For information, call (575) 526-8911 or (800) 429-9488, or visit

S. Derrickson Moore can be reached at (575) 541-5450. Follow her on Twitter @DerricksonMoore.

If you go

What: Fort Selden Mother's Day Tea

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fort Selden State Monument

How much: All New Mexico residents free on Sunday, under 17 free, free for all moms

Info: (575) 526-8911, (800) 429-9488,

Other Mother's Day events

The fifth annual Tuscan Sunrise Mother's Day Brunch will be held rom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the NMSU Corbett Center Ballrooms on the NMSU campus. There will be food, a silent auction, entertainment and scholarship opertunities. The brunch benefits Jardin de los Ninos. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids up to age 12, and are available at La Tienda de Jardin. Info: (575) 522-2111.

"Celebrando El dia de las Madres," a Mother's Day dance, will be held from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. Friday at Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds. The dance features Los Huracanes del Norte and proceeds will benefit Colonias Development Council. Tickets are $29 per person and are limited. Tickets/info: (575) 647-2744 or

Source: (c)2012 the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.)

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