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Park Debuts New A/V Program

Fort Union National Monument

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A new state of the art audio visual program is now available for public viewing at Fort Union National Monument. The video, entitled “Fort Union: Monument to a Young America,” captures the 40-year story of the fort (1851-1891) from past to present, including narratives of the Santa Fe Trail, Civil War of the West, and Fort Union’s social and economic relationship with the surrounding local communities.

“The 15 minute video produces an inside look into Fort Union’s rich and colorful history,” said superintendent Marie Sauter. “We want visitors at the park to have an opportunity to view the video and appreciate the significance of Fort Union.”

An enlarged viewing area and new A/V equipment and a large wide angle screen with closed captioning for the hearing impaired provides a theater-like setting.

Fort Union served as the “guardian” of the Santa Fe Trail and was the primary supply center for other forts scattered throughout the New Mexico Territory. The monument is open every day from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Labor Day through Memorial Day, and hours extend from 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information, you may contact Fort Union National Monument at 505-425-8025, or visit the park website at


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