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Free Program on Hispanic Volunteers During the Sand Creek Massacre

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, national parks all over the country are inviting Americans to come and experience the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our national history. With this in mind, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) will be presenting a free program commemorating Hispanic participation in the Sand Creek Massacre.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 join Park Guide Mario Medina at the Sand Creek Massacre NHS for a free program titled “Vecinos to Volunteers – A Hispanic Legacy at the Sand Creek Massacre.” This one hour program will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Monument Hill Overlook.

During the American Civil War, more than 20,000 Hispanics participated in the conflict on all sides. This lesser recognized story of Hispanic involvement stretches from the first shots fired to the last, and the Sand Creek Massacre is no exception. This program will explore the involvement of Hispanic volunteers in the Sand Creek Massacre; how they got there, why they were there, who they were, and what happened to them after this national tragedy.

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please call the park at 719-729-3003 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or visit www.nps.gov/sand.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413  national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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