Doug Dinwiddie Presents Keynote Address
History | March 01, 2014
Dr. Doug Dinwiddie, Adjunct Faculty, recently presented the keynote address at the “Fort Bayard Days” annual celebration at Fort Bayard, New Mexico. Dr. Dinwiddie’s topic was “No Money, No Mules, No Supplies, and No Commissioner: Major Stephen H. Emory and the Boundary Commission 1850-1857.” As Dr. Dinwiddie explains, Fort Bayard was an active U.S. army post from its founding in 1866 to its closing in 1899. It was briefly reactivated during the border troubles with Mexico in 1916-17; it later served as a U.S. Veterans Hospital, and in more recent times a New Mexico State Hospital. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark a few years ago, and a private non-profit organization was founded to preserve its history, offer public programs, and promote interest in the fort’s preservation. That organization, the Fort Bayard Historical Society, annually sponsors “Fort Bayard Days,” a several days-long event that features tours, living history re-enactments, and an evening banquet. The banquet speaker’s address is considered the scholarly highlight of the event.