New Mexico Historical Notebook (vol. 6, no. 11)

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¬Don Bullis, Editor

November 2012 Volume VI, Issue XI

The purpose of The New Mexico Historical Notebook is to provide readers with the most up-to-date information possible regarding the activities of New Mexico’s many historians, historical societies, museums and other groups interested in the state’s colorful and complex past. The publication will provide calendars of events, essays and monographs, book reviews, bibliographies, and interviews. It is revised and issued during the first week of each month. Submissions and comments from readers are encouraged. If you would like to have your name removed from this e-mail list, simply contact me at and let me know. The New Mexico Historical Notebook is a service of the editor, the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners. All books considered in the Notebook are selected by the Editor and no endorsement by either of the above organizations is implied.


The 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Joint History Conference in Las Cruces, April 18-20, is shaping up to be full and exciting. With conference presentation proposals in, it looks like we will fill the program with 24 sessions at the Las Cruces Convention Center (four parallel sessions, Friday, 8:30 - 5:00, and Saturday, 8:30 - 12:00). There will also be some great special events, including a very interesting mix of living history presentations on Thursday afternoon at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. These will be free and open to all as a closing event of the 2013 “Bridging Ages” international conference being held in Las Cruces, April 15 - 18.
Bridging Ages is a unique international organization focusing on using local history to recreate the past in educational and museum settings. Bridging Ages has members from over twenty countries who focus on local heritage at museums, schools, in communities, and with local historical societies. The 2013 Conference in Las Cruces is being organized by Professor Jon Hunner of NMSU. To learn more about the conference, visit
Thursday evening will see an opening plenary session with Dr. Paul Cool as guest speaker, talking on “The El Paso Salt Warriors,” followed by the conference opening reception and banquet. After the program sessions on Friday, there will be some very special events at the Convention Center, beginning with our usual very lively book auction followed by music and entertainment, including a theatrical performance involving key characters from the 1776 Juan Bautista de Anza expedition to California, including Anza himself.
Saturday afternoon will feature a “Justice Forum” examining the merits (and demerits!) of at least one significant and historic legal case in the courts of New Mexico or Arizona. Then Saturday evening will see the Arizona and New Mexico societies' annual awards banquet.
For more information on the conference, keep an eye on our respective websites, and
Mike Stevenson, President
Historical Society of New Mexico


As noted in last month’s edition, I have been selected to chair the book auction to be held at the Las Cruces conference next April 15-18. Thanks very much to all of you who have stepped up and made donations, or promises of donations. But we need more.
We need all kinds of book donations: new, used, rare, hardbound and soft. Some will be sold on our book table at a set price; others will be sold at auction. This is an important event as book sales help off-set conference costs. Anyone wishing to contribute should contact me (505-892-9177) or and we’ll make arrangements to get them either to me in the meantime, or to the conference in Las Cruces next spring. Your contributions will be very much appreciated and noted.
I also remind you all again that coming up next year will be an election of officers, and there will be several offices open, including president. Several of our members have expressed an interest, and, again, thank you for your interest. Any member interested in serving, either on the board of directors or as an officer, should contact Nominating Committee chair Robert Torrez at
Don Bullis, 1st Vice-President
Historical Society of New Mexico


The Historical Society of New Mexico is seeking award nominations for outstanding books on New Mexico and Southwest borderlands history as well as nominations for distinguished contributions and service pertaining to New Mexico history. To be eligible for an award, books must have a publication date of 2012. To nominate a book, please submit three copies of that book, together with a nomination form, available on the web site, to the awards chair. To nominate a person or organization for a distinguished contributions or service award, a nomination form plus a letter of support are required. For information about nomination procedures, including descriptions of the ten award categories, please visit the HSNM web site at The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 15, 2013. Awards will be presented at the HSNM annual meeting, April 18-20, in Las Cruces, For more information, please contact HSNM awards chair, Nancy Owen Lewis, at

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November 2012 Calendar
Basic Dowsing Class
Nov. 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn the basics of dowsing (questing, divining, water witching), how to use the four basic dowsing tools and the benefits associated with dowsing. The cost is $15 and dowsing tools will be available. The cost for Museum Friends members is $12.

Speaker Series: Made in New Mexico Westerns - The Last Shootout
Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe based writer and New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg returns to Las Cruces to present the 'premiere' of Made in NM Westerns: The Last Shootout, an all-new compilation of clips from westerns that have at least been partially shot within New Mexico. Berg has compiled film clips from about 15 different westerns, starting with a 1912 oddity starring silent film star Mary Pickford and continuing up to present day. After each short clip is shown, he then does live narration, offering tidbits about the film, such as where it was shot, any historical reference, and sometimes even if it is worth your time to see the entire movie that the clip is from. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. Some of Hollywood's most noted actors, besides Pickford will make an 'appearance' on the big screen, including Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, and maybe even Jerry Lewis. Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

Map Dowsing & Dowsing for Energies
Nov. 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn to use maps to remotely dowse for water, treasures, buried items, etc. Also dowse for noxious (Geopathic) energies and learn to resolve problems associated with those energies. The Basic Dowsing Class is a prerequisite for this course. The cost is $15 ($12 for Museum Friends members) and participants are asked to bring their own dowsing tools, although loaners will be available.

New Exhibit: The Art of Saddle Making
The Museum's Horse & Cattle Barn is the site of a new, long-term exhibit showcasing the art of saddle making. The exhibit features the recreated workshop of the late, legendary saddle maker Slim Green, as well as a video of Green explaining saddle making, an interactive area for leather stamping, and panels that show the history and evolution of Western stock saddles. Two of Green's saddles also are displayed in the exhibit.

For more information, or to register for a class, please call (575) 522-4100.
Classes and workshops are co-sponsored by the
Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM 88011
The museum is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

And the

November, 2012 Activities

Sunday, November 18 2:00 PM Barron "Bear" Haley on " Rock Art in New Mexico"
Mr. Haley is a retired community college instructor of Biology, Marine Biology and Botany. Now retired, he brings his lifelong avocation as a photographer to the study of petroglyphs and the Native American rock art images of New Mexico. Mr. Haley is an award winning member of several rock-art associations including the American Rock Art Research Association. He is also a recorder for the Bureau of Land Management and as such he has been up close and personal with rock art images as he photographs, logs and graphs images that remain as an 8000 year old record of the prehistoric peoples of Las Cruces up through the Rio Grande Gorge.
Back by popular demand, this self-proclaimed "rock-art bum" will present a slide show of rock art images he has studied, featuring more New Mexico rock art as well as images from Hueco Tanks in Texas, and images from Mogollon sites, both Mimbres and Jornada - sites south of Socorro for the most part. These signs and symbols speak to us of an ancient past that continues to have significant meaning for current native inhabitants. Enjoy a peek at images that you would not otherwise be able to see.
Due to cooler outdoor temperatures this program will be held at the DELAVY HOUSE (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum) behind I-Hop and Warrior Gas off Hwy 550, Bernalillo. Directions: The DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), Edmond Road, Bernalillo, NM located off I-25, Exit 242. Go 1 3/4 miles west on Highway 550 (just west of Coronado State Monument). Turn north between the IHOP restaurant and the Warrior fuel station and follow the gravel road.
General Admission: $5; Friends of Coronado, Free.
Reservations: No reservations required, but come early to get a good seat for this popular series as seating is limited
Contact: Gary Williams: 792-4851 for more information
or visit
You may recall in February 2012 we put out a special announcement about Ralph and Pauline Saraccino from Jemez Pueblo who had their house and all their possessions destroyed by fire. Many of you made donations of money and other items which were greatly appreciated.
Ralph and Pauline have close ties to Coronado State Monument. They have shown their art at the Fiesta of Cultures, been present at the Christmas at Kuaua, and display their art at our Gift Shop. They also are on the portal frequently showing their wares.
As an update they now have a mobile home to replace the house, but it is void of furnishings.
Carolyn Gilmore is coordinating donations of furniture: beds, tables, chairs, lamps, sofa, etc. Truck pickup can be arranged for the items. Please call Carolyn at 217-9455 if you have something to donate or have questions.


The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture offers a major exhibition of North American Indian baskets. The exhibition runs through May 1, 2014. Of the 241 baskets in the exhibition, only 45 have been attributed to individual artists. Woven Identities honors those weavers and the many others whose names we do not yet know. Admission to the opening is free to New Mexico residents with ID on Sundays; all others $9. Under 18 always free. For more information about the opening the public may call 505-476-1269.


The winners in the 2012 New Mexico Book Awards will be announced on November 16, 2012 at the 6th Annual Awards Banquet which will be held at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque, located at 2020 Menaul NE.
Banquet tickets can be ordered online below or you can make reservations by phone or by mail.
The banquet has been a sell-out every year, so do not delay in making your reservations. Tickets are $40 per person if reserved before October 20. After Oct 19, the price is $48 per person. The tables seat eight people.

Cash bar 5:30pm Banquet menu:
Dinner 6:30pm Chicken Scallopini
Program 7:30pm Mixed Veg
Vegetarian menu is available if requested in advance. 505/344-9382

On Saturday, November 10, a free humanities symposium and public opening of a sealed letter from 1946 will be held at the Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The unopened letter written by a 21 year old Jewish U. S. Army engineer assigned to work on the V2 rockets after World War II, is the inspiration for a symposium that uses the historic letter as a portal into the past and present to examine an important moment in New Mexico history that contributed to the exploration of space.
Participants in the symposium will be:
Rick Hendricks, PhD., New Mexico State Historian, will serve as moderator.
Dr. Michael Neufeld, Curator, Space History, Smithsonian Institution, National Air & Science Museum
Dr. Frank Mecklenburg, Director or Research, Chief Archivist Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, New York City
Dr. David Shneer, Director Program in Jewish Studies, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Fran Sterling, Senior Research and Development Associate, Facing History and Ourselves
Darren Court, Director, White Sands Missile Range Museum
Christopher Orwol, Executive Director, New Mexico Museum of Space History
Martha Shipman Andrews, University Archivist/Assistant Professor, Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives, Branson Library, New Mexico State University.
Loretta Hall, Author, Out of this World: New Mexico Contributions to Space Travel
Gregg Drinkwater, writer and Jewish community leader who grew up at White Sands Missile Range, Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Fort Bliss, Texas.

The symposium schedule includes programs beginning at 8:30 a.m. to until 5:00 p.m.


History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program which promotes the study of history. These young historians develop research papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances based on topics for this year’s theme:

Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Judges will be trained prior to the contest. Judges need not be historians, but a love of history and a desire to help kids develop a love of history is appreciated.

Upcoming dates:

The Southwest Regional contest will take place on March 14th at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces. Judge training begins at 8:00 AM.
The Central Regional contest will take place on March 1st at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in ABQ. Judge training begins at 8:00 A.M.
The Northwest Regional contest will take place on March 4th and 5th at San Juan College in Farmington. Judge training begins at 8:00 AM.
The New Mexico State Competition will take place on April 26, 2013 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Judge training begins at 8:00 A.M.
For more information you may contact Trevor at: (505) 633-7372 or email at


“Speaker Series 2012”

What: Enrique Lamadrid portrays Capitån Rafael Chacón in an intriguing Chautauqua.
When: Sunday, Nov. 4th, 2012, 2:00 pm
Where: Old San Ysidro Church @ 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro
Event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

The final CHS program for this Statehood Centennial year is an intriguing Chautauqua, in which Enrique Lamadrid portrays Capitån Rafael Chacón.
By all accounts, Rafael Chacón was a man of honor and valor – honest, decent, kind, gallant, dedicated, and patriotic. He participated in the most significant military, commercial and political events surrounding the formation of New Mexico, from 1846 to statehood in 1912. At age 13, he commanded an artillery position at Apache Pass. Serving with impressive courage, he fought Texan invaders in the Civil War battles of Valverde and Glorieta. He rode with Kit Carson and was named the first commander of Fort Stanton. Chacón served in the NM legislature, homesteaded, wrote his memoirs at age 77, and died at 92.
Presenter Enrique Lamadrid is a folklorist, critic, translator, honored author, and UNM professor of Spanish.
This Chautauqua program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council, which is supported by grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State of New Mexico.
CHS Speaker Series Contact: Jannie Dusseau, 505-890-5583
CHS Publicity Contact: Debbie Clemente, 505-688-4117

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507


Nov. 18 program, 2 p.m., Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.
Diane Souder from Petroglyph National Monument will speak on the history of New Mexico's National Parks and Monuments. For more information contact Janet Saiers at 299-5019 or


Remembrance: America’s World War Legacies in Europe”
A Veterans Day lecture by photographer Jeffrey A. Lowdermilk

Santa Fe writer and photographer Jeffrey A. Lowdermilk set out to connect with his grandfather’s World War I memories by capturing images of America’s military monuments and cemeteries of both world wars throughout Europe. Through his travels, he built friendships with American and German veterans of World War II and, in a 2011 ceremony of reconciliation, saw onetime combatants forgive each other.
At 2 pm on Sunday, Nov. 11, Lowdermilk will talk about those experiences and show haunting examples of his photographs in “Remembrance: America’s World War Legacies in Europe,” a Veterans Day lecture in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. Join us for this salute to those who have answered the nation’s call. The event is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Note: Veteran’s Day is free to all veterans, active-duty personnel, their spouses and dependent children.
“Veterans and their service are at the heart of many of the stories we tell at the New Mexico History Museum,” Director Frances Levine said. “From Native American code-talkers to the Bataan Death March, the development of the atomic bomb, and the heroism aboard the USS New Mexico, the contributions and sacrifices made by men and women from this state are immeasurable.”
Lowdermilk’s passion for history and World War I began as a little boy listening to his maternal grandfather, George A. Carlson, tell his life’s stories, many of which were about his experiences in the First World War. In 1982, his grandfather passed away, and Lowdermilk’s his mother gave him her father’s World War I diary and division book. He became fascinated with it, transcribing it and, then, with the help of the division book, plotting his grandfather’s path through the battlegrounds of France and into Germany for the Allied Occupation. He immersed himself in reading about the war and took classes at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops before heading to Europe for what turned out to be the first of numerous visits. He soon widened his focus to include World War II and has made friends with veterans and active-duty people both here and abroad.
“My journey began with curiosity, then I blew past passion years ago. It is now a way of life. Granddad’s diary has greatly enriched my life with an abundance of grand experiences and new friendships,” he said.
In 2008, Lowdermilk self-published his first book, Saluting America’s World War I Heroes, Armistice Day, to honor the 90th anniversary of the end of the war. Fourteen of his photographs of America’s military cemeteries and monuments in Europe were published in the 2010 Annual Report of the American Battle Monuments Commission. His exhibit, Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary, A Photographic Journey, was displayed at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2011. He has given his presentations here and in Normandy over D-Day several times. On June 3, 2011, he gave his World War I and II presentation together with his friend Helen Patton, granddaughter of the late general. On June 5 of this year, he gave his presentation at the Utah Beach Museum in France. His photography exhibit will next be displayed at the Colorado History Museum beginning on Memorial Day Weekend 2013.
The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. Located at 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe, NM, it is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.



Albert T. Gonzales (1912-2006) was born in Roswell, New Mexico and raised in Hondo and Las Cruces. He attended Menaul School in Albuquerque for two years before he returned to Las Cruces. In 1929, he was injured while attending a civilian military camp at Fort Bliss, Texas. The injury resulted in blindness. He was treated at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D. C., and while there he completed high school. In the 1930s he attended the New Mexico College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (New Mexico State University after 1960) and Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. He was the first blind person to accomplish either goal and he was the first blind person licensed to practice law in New Mexico. He was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 1940 and moved to Santa Fe in 1942. He spent the rest of his life there. Over the years he served again in the legislature for three terms, on the Santa Fe County Commission, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents, and he was Police Judge in Los Alamos. He served in many other important appointed positions; too many to include here. He practiced law and was successful in real estate investments. “I’ve been terribly lucky,” he said, and his success in real estate allowed him to represent clients that some other attorneys would avoid. His son said of him, “[He] was Legal Aid before there was really Legal Aid.” Significantly, it was Albert T. Gonzales who represented land grant activist Reyes Lopez Tijerina after the 1967 Tierra Amarilla courthouse raid. He said, “I didn’t agree with his philosophy, but a lawyer has to be the mouthpiece. Everybody has a right to his defense.” Mr. Gonzales was also closely associated with Helen Keller, and she visited Santa Fe to support his efforts to pass legislation to improve the quality of life for blind people. Both Gonzales Elementary School and Gonzales Street in Santa Fe are named for him. He died in Santa Fe.

Excerpted from New Mexico Historical Biographies by Don Bullis

New Mexico Historical Biographies has won the Fray Francisco Atanasio Dominguez Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico and a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. It was also named a finalist in two categories by the New Mexico Book Awards (which will be made on November 16: see above).

Other books by Don Bullis include:

The Old West Trivia Book
New Mexico’s Finest: Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty, 1847-2010
Bloodville, a novel
99 New Mexicans…and a few other folks
Bull’s Eye, a novel
New Mexico & Politicians of the Past
Duels, Gunfights & Shoot-Outs: Wild Tales from the Land of Enchantment

This is a not so subtle reminder that books make great Christmas presents.