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Frontier Days to Feature Living History

LAS CRUCES--New Mexicans can learn about what life was like for U.S. Army soldiers during Frontier Days at the Fort Selden State Monument April 17-18.

"Visitors will get the chance to see the remains of the old adobe fort and to gain an appreciation for the rugged, dangerous and lonely lives that soldiers lived at this frontier post," said Mike Cook, director of New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project.

REDTT, a project of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

The event will include living history demonstrations about signal drills, volley firing and military skirmishes, Cook said. Quilting, spinning, and medicine man show and butter and soap making also will be featured.

Children can enjoy a variety of activities, including sack and three-legged races, piņata breaking and doll and arrow making.

"There also is a wonderful visitor center at the monument with a lot of exhibits, photographs and artifacts," Cook said.

To get to Fort Selden take exit 19 off of Interstate 25, which is 13 miles north of Las Cruces.

For more information about Frontier Days, call the Fort Selden State Monument at (505)526-8911 or REDTT at (505)646-8009. Visit REDTT's new World Wide Web site at: http://www.nmsu.edu/~redtt.