Sand Creek Massacre Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Photo: NPS

Photo: NPS

Superintendent Alexa Roberts and staff invite you to join in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS). The park was dedicated on April 28, 2007 in order to enhance cultural understanding by educating the public about the Sand Creek Massacre. A series of free events is scheduled to mark this milestone in the history of the park.

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 pm – Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center, Eads, CO

“Sand Creek Massacre NHS: A Ten Year Retrospective.” Join a panel of speakers at the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center in Eads for a discussion of the impacts of the Sand Creek Massacre NHS over the last 10years. Panelists include representatives of the Office of the Governor, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, History Colorado, Kiowa County and the National Park Service.

Friday Evening, April 28, 7 pm – Sand Creek Massacre NHS, Chivington, CO

Join park staff for an evening walking tour that will explore the night march of Colonel John Chivington and 675 troops of 1st and 3rd Regiments, Colorado (US) Cavalry, as they marched from Fort Lyon toward “Black Kettle’s Camp” along Big Sandy Creek. Program length is 2 hours with a round trip walk of approximately one mile. Participants should bring flashlights. Space is limited for this free evening program. Reservations are required. Call (719) 729-3003 Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 4 pm for additional information and reservations. Park gates for the evening program will open at 5:30 pm. Participants should bring flashlights and are encouraged to dress warmly and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Saturday, April 29, 10 am and 2 pm – Sand Creek Massacre NHS, Chivington, CO  

Join park staff for one-hour guided walking tours of the Sand Creek Massacre. Ranger staff will provide information and interpretation about events leading up to and during the massacre of over 230 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho at their village on the banks of Big Sandy Creek.

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