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Monday, March 9, 1998

Special exhibits at Fort Davis

In recognition of February as Black History Month and March
as Women's History Month, two temporary museum exhibits are
featured at Fort Davis NHS this spring. Park staff are
offering two additional activities to celebrate March as
National Women's History Month - a special video shown in
the park auditorium and outreach presentations in area

The new exhibit for Black History Month, which has been in
place for several weeks, features materials on seven panels,
in several plexiglass cubes, and in various free standing
displays. The theme of the exhibit is "Life in the Field"
and it helps tell the story of the `Buffalo Soldier' Black
Infantry Regiments out on campaigns and on scouting
expeditions. Featured in the display are equipment,
clothing, food and recreational items. As an extension of
this large exhibit, a collection of photographs of black
infantry soldiers is on display in the Fort's auditorium.

The women's history exhibit focuses on the influence
officers' wives had at frontier forts. Officers wives not
only brought eastern culture and society to the frontier,
but they indirectly influenced the post school, and the
operations of the post trader and post quartermaster. The
exhibit highlights social and domestic activities.

Also in recognition of March as National Women's History
Month, Fort Davis NHS is bringing the story of the women who
lived at frontier forts to elementary students. During the
month, two "Women at Frontier Military Posts Traveling
Trunks" will be on loan to area schools. Each trunk contains
materials that serve to bring to life the significant roles
played by women at posts like Fort Davis.

The traveling trunks contain information on officers' and
enlisted men's wives, servants, laundresses, and hospital
matrons. Also included in trunks are learning activities
such as map exercises, puzzles, skits and instructions on
how to make a variety of items such as quilts and scrap
books. Each trunk also contains items of clothing for the
students to try on, and a video on `Women on the Frontier.'

For more information on the exhibits or March activities for
Women's History Month, call Fort Davis NHS at 915-426-3224.

Eagle students named

Eagle Students for the month of February received special
recognition at Austin Elementary School. Eagle students for
first grade include Joe Angel Saenz and Lauren Hendricks.
Second grade Eagle Students are Kimberly Ramon and Eric

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