Arizona/New Mexico Joint History Conference, April 18-20, 2013

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The 2013 Arizona/New Mexico Joint History Conference program will be on its way in the mail to Historical Society of New Mexico members in about one month from now. In the meantime, you can find out more about the conference at a new website that will be available shortly. The address will be, and if that doesn't work, try where you can link to the conference website. Here's the summary schedule for the conference:

2013 Arizona/New Mexico Joint History Conference

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, April 18

1:30 – 4:30 Bridging Ages--Time Travel to 1912 at Fort Selden State Monument
4:00 – 8:00 Conference Registration, Las Cruces Convention Center (LCCC)
5:30 – 6:30 Conference Welcome and Plenary Address, LCCC Ballroom
Paul Cool, “Salt Warriors”
6:30 – 7:30 Opening Reception, LCCC Exhibit Hall
7:30 – 9:00 Dinner, LCCC Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 19
8:00 – 5:00 Conference Registration, LCCC Lobby
8:00 – 5:00 Exhibitors and Book Signings, LCCC Lobby
8:30 – 10:00 Conference Sessions 1 - 4, LCCC Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
10:30 – 12:00 Conference Sessions 5 - 8, LCCC Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch, AHS and HSNM Meetings, LCCC Meeting Rooms and Exhibit Hall
1:30 – 3:00 Conference Sessions 9 - 12, LCCC Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
3:30 – 5:00 Conference Sessions 13 - 16, LCCC Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
5:30 – 7:00 HSNM Book Auction - LCCC Exhibit Hall 1
7:00 – 9:00 CELEBRATE HISTORY! (Music, Anza Expedition re-enactment, cash bars and food stands) - LCCC Exhibit Hall 2

Saturday, April 20

8:00 – 12:00 Exhibitors and Book Signings, LCCC Lobby
8:30 – 10:00 Conference Sessions 17 - 20, LCCC Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
10:30 – 12:00 Conference Sessions 21 - 24, LCCC Ballroom and Meeting Rooms
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch with Historic Address by Professor Gus Seligmann, “Alphonse T. Bampson and Jointure”
1:30 – 3:30
Conference Sessions 7 - 8 LCCC Ballroom (free and open to public)
1:30 – 4:30 Tours and Special Events
5:00 – 8:00 Closing Reception and Joint Awards Dinner, LCCC

2013 Arizona/New Mexico History Conference
Sponsorship Opportunities

$2000 Juan Bautista de Anza Banner Sponsor (one only, will be featured on a
large banner at all events, will receive recognition in the conference program*,
advertisements, and at all events and also six complementary registrations for the
conference, including six Thursday or Saturday reception and dinner tickets)

$1000 Fray Marcos de Niza Level Sponsor (will be featured on a large poster
at all events, will receive recognition in the conference program*, advertisements,
and at all events and also four complementary registrations for the conference,
including four Thursday or Saturday reception and dinner tickets)

$500 Geronimo Level Sponsor (will be recognized on a poster at all events,
will receive recognition in the conference program* and at all events and also two
complementary registrations for the conference, including two Thursday or
Saturday reception and dinner tickets)

$200 Stewart Udall Level Sponsor (will be recognized on a poster at all
events, will receive recognition in the conference program* and at all events and also
two complementary registrations for the conference)

$100 Conference Session Sponsor (will receive recognition as a session
sponsor in the program* and at a designated session)

Yes, I would like to be a Sponsor of the 2012 New Mexico Statehood History
_______ $2000 Juan Bautista de Anza Banner Sponsor
_______ $1000 Fray Marcos de Niza Level Sponsor
_______ $ 500 Geronimo Level Sponsor
_______ $ 200 Stewart Udall Level Sponsor
_______ $ 100 Conference Session Sponsor
City: State: Zip:

* Sponsorship pledges must be received by January 1, 2013 to be included in the printed
conference program.
Please make your check or money order to HSNM and mail to PO Box 1912, Santa Fe, NM
87504. The Historical Society of New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) educational corporation. Your
donations are tax-exempt to the full extent of the law.


Dear Friends of New Mexico History;

I am writing to encourage you to submit a nomination for the American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards for 2013. If you or your organization is a member of AASLH, you will already know about the AASLH Awards. which are very prestigious national awards. If you are not a member of AASLH, you should know that it is not necessary for you or your organization to be a member to submit an award nomination. Of course, we hope that in this case you consider joining (see for membership information).
Below is more information on the AASLH Awards Program, including three documents describing the nomination process, the nomination forms, and tips for nominations. You can also find all this information and more at as well as information on past awardees.
Nomination packages should be sent directly to me as the State Team Leader for AASLH. They must be sent to me by March 1, 2013. My regular mail address is

Michael Stevenson
2302 Perilla Ct.
Santa Fe, NM 87505-5664

The AASLH New Mexico team will review the packages before sending the nominations in and may ask you for more information, particularly so as to strengthen the nomination package. New Mexican organizations and individuals have received a good number of awards in the past, but we had NO nominations in 2012. I hope we can have several strong nominations this year!
I encourage you to give me a call at (505) 820-7520 if you have questions. I would also really appreciate your calling me or emailing if you do plan on submitting a nomination.
Thanks for considering this and thanks for all your support of New Mexico history!

Michael Stevenson
New Mexico AASLH State Team Leader
President, Historical Society of New Mexico
(505) 820-7520


This is a reminder to all readers who participate in other organizations which would like to have their activities announced in the New Mexico Historical Notebook: I need to receive your notifications before the first of the month in which the event occurs (or more lead-time when that is possible. If I receive notification on the fifth of the month for an event to take place on the fifteenth, there is nothing I can do with it. I’ll appreciate your cooperation, and I know that Notebook readers will, too.
I am repeating the need for donations to 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


Dear Fellow Historians:
On behalf of the Historical Society of New Mexico Awards Committee, I invite you to nominate an outstanding organization, individual, or publication for a HSNM award. Attached is a list of the awards, which will be presented at our annual meeting, April 18-21, 2013 in Las Cruces. We have updated our procedures based on input we received from you at our meeting in Cimarron. More specifically, we added a nomination form and clarified our award descriptions (i.e. the tag line). Book nominees will now have readers, who will submit written assessments to the committee. We voted to move the deadline for receipt of nominations to January 15, 2013 (from February 1) to give sufficient time for this review.

Contribution/Service Award.
To nominate an individual or organization, please send me the attached
nomination form (downloadable at plus a letter briefly describing that person or group, the contributions or service performed, and why that individual or group is worthy of recognition.

Publication Award.
To be considered for a publication award, the work must have a publication date
of 2012. To submit a nomination, please send me the attached nomination form (downloadable at We also require three copies of the book, which can be sent to me directly from the publisher. If you explain that the book has been nominated for an HSNM award, the publisher will generally send free copies. I can assist upon request, but will need your nomination form to initiate the process. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to hearing from you!

Nancy Owen Lewis, Chair
HSNM Awards Committee
c/o School for Advanced Research
PO Box 2188
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2188


The Historical Society of New Mexico offers the following awards for outstanding publications and other contributions to New Mexico history. The awards will be presented at its annual meeting, April 18-21, 2013 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 15, 2013. For more information about the awards and nomination procedures, please visit the HSNM web site at or contact Nancy Owen Lewis, awards chair, at

Paul A. F. Walter Award— for outstanding service to the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Edgar Lee Hewett Award— for outstanding service to the people of New Mexico.
Dorothy Woodward Award— for advancement of education in New Mexico history.
Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award— for an outstanding publication or significant contribution by individuals or organizations to the creative arts, as related to New Mexico history.
Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award— for an outstanding publication by an individual or individuals in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.
Lansing B. Bloom Award— for an outstanding publication in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history by an institution affiliated with the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award— for an outstanding publication or significant contribution to historic survey and research in New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.
L. Bradford Prince Award— for significant work in the field of historic preservation in New Mexico.
Pablita Velarde Award—for an outstanding children's publication related to New Mexico or Southwest borderlands history.
Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Award —for an outstanding publication or exhibit relating to domestic life in New Mexico.


The Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners will present Dr. Margaret Espinosa McDonald who will talk about “Where Have All the Farmers Gone: The Fate of Agriculture in the Río Abajo since Statehood”. In the region between Albuquerque and Socorro, agriculture has been declining within the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. This presentation explores the challenges to the preservation of small farms and their critical economic and cultural contributions.
Dr. McDonald holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and was an educator with the Belen Public Schools for twenty-eight years. She has written numerous chapters and articles and has co-authored Through the Photographer’s Lens: A Photographic History of Valencia County. She is a past chair of the New Mexico Humanities Council and a past president of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Westerners meet nine times per year at the MCM Elegante Hotel near the intersection of Menaul and University, NE, in Albuquerque. The January meeting will be held on the Thursday the 17th beginning with a social hour at 5:30. Please contact me at for further information or to make reservations for Dr. McDonald’s presentation.
B. G. Burr, Sheriff


The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments
By Dennis Reinhartz
Sterling, New York
218 pages, extravagantly illustrated
$40.00 Hardbound

Know was a cartouche is? How about a compass rose or a neatline? They are terms relating to maps. A cartouche is that small area on a map, sometimes elaborately delineated, that tells the viewer what he is looking at, who drew it, and when; plus any other information the cartographer wished to include. A compass rose is used to orient the user, and generally points north, although older maps were not always oriented that way. A neat line simply shows the limits of the map area and they were sometimes quite elaborate.
Dennis Reinhartz’s recent book, The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History…, does a much more comprehensive job of explaining these terms, and does a great deal more. This is one of the most attractive recent books that I have seen. It contains hundreds of maps, in graphic color, of charts from the earliest times around the world. Cartography was much more than simply the production of a bare-bones chart one could use to get from point A to point B. They were works of art, and short of that they were products of imagination. They are also historical documents of great value.
The book’s chapter headings offer a tantalizing taste of what it contains: “Compass Roses, Wind Faces, Commentaries and Other Additions”; “All the Ships at Sea”; “Denizens of the Deep”; “The Cartographic Botanical Garden”; “The Cartographic Menagerie”; “The People of the World”; and, “Of Human Achievements… Conclusion”.
Anyone with even a passing interest in history cannot afford to be without this book. It is endlessly interesting.
Dennis Reinhartz is professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he spent 35 years as a professor of history and Russian. He has published more than 100 articles in scholarly journal, encyclopedias, and proceedings, and more than one 150 book reviews. He currently resides in Santa Fe.

Enchanted Legends and Lore of New Mexico: Witches, Ghosts & Spirits
Published by History Press (2012)
107 pages, Soft Cover, $16.99
Hidden History of Spanish New Mexico
Published by History Press (2012)
126 pages, soft cover, $16.99

Both by
By Ray John de Aragón

Ray John de Aragón, according to his brief bio, was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and grew up with the culture, traditions, heritage and history of Spanish New Mexico, which dates back to the settlement of the territory by Spanish colonists in 1598. His background is steeped in the folkloric mystery and intrigue that was passed down in his family for generations. He has been featured in the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexican, El Hispano and the Tombstone Epitaph. He has taught at Luna Community College and the Valencia Branch of the University of New Mexico.
These two books celebrate Aragón’s heritage.
In the first book, for example, is the tale of “The Headless Horseman of Santa Fé”. This is the sad story of Juan Espinoza, a young orphaned soldier in the period just after the Spanish re-conquest in the 1690s. The poor fellow fell in love with an attractive young woman, but lost her to a fellow soldier. He sought help from a couple of elderly sisters who were also believed to be witches. How they went about helping the love-sick youth, and what happened next is the rest of the story. The title of the article provides a clue, but the details make it fascinating.
In the second book, is “Fray Francisco Juan de Padilla: New Mexico’s Famous Martyr.” This entry adds to the historiography of Fray Padilla and his mysterious life. The clergyman is best remembered as a martyr slain by Quivara Indians sometime soon after the departure of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in 1542. Legend holds that padre’s body found its way, over a period of some years, into a cottonwood coffin which was interred in the floor of the church at Isleta Pueblo. Nothing too unusual, but in this case, the coffin seemed to periodically rise until it broke the floor’s surface. The matter was investigated by the Catholic Church several times, and at last it was held that the body was actually that of another clergyman who died in the middle 1700s. Aragón does not hold with the latter version and his own version is comprehensive.
(No satisfactory explanation has been made of what makes the coffin rise.)
Both books are indeed interesting and worthwhile.


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.


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

The Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series, 2013, Part 1
From Trail Riders to Bomb Builders with a Few Stops In-Between
Experts on the Santa Fe Trail, women of the West, Clyde Tingley, “St. Kate’s” and the Manhattan Project will deliver lectures in the first half of the 2013 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. The annual series, organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, is free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.
Mark your calendars. The schedule:
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Allan Wheeler on “The Life of William Becknell, Founder of the Santa Fe Trail: A First-Person Presentation.” Wheeler, of Santa Fe, is Chautauqua performer for the New Mexico Humanities Council and a national director of the Santa Fe Trail Association, a group that works with the National Park Service to preserve, protect and publicize the trail.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: VanAnn Moore on “Westward Ho! The Lives and Diaries of the Women Going West.” Moore, of Los Lunas, is a singer and actress who recreates historical characters ranging from Jenny Lind to Baby Doe Tabor, Lillie Langtree, Sara Bernhardt, and Doña Tules.
Wednesday, March 13: Joy Sperling on “Women’s Visual Narratives of New Mexico between the World Wars.” Sperling, an art history professor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, had a 2012 writer’s residency at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos.
Wednesday, April 17: Lucinda Sachs on “Clyde Tingley’s New Deal for New Mexico.” Sachs, an Albuquerque writer and historian, is finishing a 2013 Sunstone Press book about Tingley. She has also written a novel, Believe in the Wind, plus two award-winning short stories.
Wednesday, May 15: Anna Cabrera on “Becoming St. Kate: St. Catherine Indian School and St. Katharine Drexel.” Cabrera is a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
Wednesday, June 19: Toni Gibson and Sharon Snyder on “The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos: An Eyewitness Perspective.” Gibson, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., is the author of Los Alamos: 1944-1947 (Arcadia, 2005), and, with Snyder, co-author of Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau (Arcadia, 2011). Snyder, of Rio Rancho, also wrote At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church (Los Alamos Historical Society, 2011).
The Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series is generously supported by the Herzstein Family Endowment Fund and the Plaza Café.
Phone number for publication: 505-476-5200
Images above: Eugenia Manderfield (left), ca. 1884-1891, by Dana B. Chase. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 010268. Gov. Clyde Tingley (right), 1935. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 047793.

Media contact: Kate Nelson, Marketing Manager
New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
(505) 476-1141; (505) 554-5722 (cell)

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.

(Note: These items presented in cooperation with, and thanks to, Janet Sayers, President, Albuquerque Historical Society, and board member, Historical Society of New Mexico)


JANUARY 20,2013 - 2 p.m. Free, Albuquerque Historical Society, Musuem of Albuquerque
Naomi Sandweiss speaks on "Jewish Albuquerque. 1860-1960" Learn about the religious, business, social and community life of Jews during that period. This includes the establishment of synagogues, the relationship between Jewish merchants and native American artisans and
Jewish contributions to ABQ's development of politics and businesses.
Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society and the NM Jewish Historical Society

JANUARY 5. Free, 10:30 - 12 noon. Botts Hall at Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE. Herietta Martinez Christmas speaks on "Santa Fe Plaza Deed Records", Finding your ancestor's home on the plaza 1692-1750. Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center

JANUARY 6 New Mexico Statehood Day--100 years plus one! NM became a state in 1912.

JANUARY 7, 11:30 A.M., Santa Fe Capital Building rotunda, Official New Mexico Statehood Birthday party with Governor Martinez and others.

JANUARY 12 10:30 - 12 noon. Free. Special Collections Library kicks off its year long series of "The Original Spanish neighborhoods along the Rio Grande". The programs continues every second Saturday of the month. Brian Luna Lucero gives an overview to start the series. 848-1376 or

JANUARY 12, 19, 26, 27 from 9a.m - 3 p.m., Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Introduction to Pueblo Weaving with Louie Garcia, Tiwa/Piro Pueblo. Enrollment limited to 10 with the first 5 registrants paying $100 and others $200. Call Kay Ortega at 212-7051 to reserve.

JANUARY 13 2 p.m., $5 for non-members. Sandoval County Historical Society DeLavy House in Bernalillo. Author Pat McCraw speaks on Mining turquoise in the early 1900's, Pueblo Indian raids and corrupt politicians of that era.

JANUARY 16 12 NOON - 12:45 P.M. Free, NM History Museum in Santa Fe. The Life of William Becknell on the Santa Fe Trail performed by Chautauqua reenactor Allan Wheeler.
JANUARY 16 5:30 - 7 p.m. Free, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW. A Conversation with Zuni Map Artists and Cultural Adviors. This unique conversation will include concepts of boundaries, ownership, time and Zuni knowledge.

JANUARY 17 7 p.m., Free. Corrales Historical Society. New Mexico's Century of Leadership in Space Exploration. Loretta Hall.

JANUARY 17 6 p.m. Dinner program-Historian Maggie McDonald speaks on Farming & Ranching in the Rio Abajo, $15, Corral of Westerns. Elegante Hotel on Menaul NE. Call Janet Saiers at 299-5019 for a reservation.

JANUARY 17, 5-8:30 P.M., Albuquerque Museum 3rd Thursday open house. 6 p.m. Book Signing for Sun, Sticks, Mud: 1000 Years of Earth Building in the Desert Southwest. Poet Hakim Bellamy speaks at 6 p.m.

JANUARY 20 2 p.m. Free, Musuem of Albuquerque. Naomi Sandweiss speaks on "Jewish Albuquerque. 1860-1960"
Come learn about the religious, business, social and comunity life of Jews during that period. This includes the establishment of synagogues, relationship between Jewish merchants and native American artisans and Jewish contributions to ABQ's development of politics and businesses. Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Historical Society and the NM Jewish Historical Society.

JANUARY 20 2 P.M. Free for members of the Friends of Coronado Monument, $5 others. Geology along Old NM Rt. 44 by Dirk Van Hart, location Sandoval County Historical Society's DeLavy House in Bernalillo.

JANUARY 27, 1 P.M., free admission before 1 p.m., Albuquerque Museum. Program by author Lois Rudnick and book signing.The Supressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Lujan: Sex, Syphillis & Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture.

NEW MEXICO HISTORY EDUCATION RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE: ADVENTURE, ADVERSITY & OPPORTUNITY: OUR JEWISH PIONEER HISTORY IN NEW MEXICO, Education materials including middle school level lesson plans my be downloaded from the website of the NM Jewish Historical Society,
$10 donation requested by not mandatory.

Krista Foutz, 277-0563, is the new program coordinator and works in cooperation with Maralie BeLonge, 277-6179, program supervisor for Osher. UNM CE & Osher provide travel, lectures and classes. Osher requires a $20 membership fee.
JANUARY 26 8 AM - 6 PM OJO CALIENTE TRIP $89 Call Krista at UNM to register 277-0077.
JANUARY 16 - FEB. 6, 11-3 P.M., $45, The Six-Gun Mystique: the American West's Legacy of Violence. Register by calling 277-0077.
Go to for course descriptions.

251 Main Street SE Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Art, under the water tower. Call 352-7720.


BERNALILLO COUNTY CENTENNIAL HALL EXHIBIT continues at the City- County Building, 4th & Marquette NW. Over 80 photos, maps, artifacts & more on display on the 6th & 10th floor.

MADRID OLD COAL TOWN MINING MUSEUM- Recently opened with regular hours of 10am - 5 p.m. Admission $5, $3 kids & seniors. Call 438-3780 or 473-0743 for more information.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY LOCAL HISTORY & ARCHIVES 423 Central SE, branch manager Eileen O'Connell, 848-1377. Come see the beautifully renovated library and browse through many one of a kind books about Albuquerque. Open Tuesday - Sat. 9am-6pm.

WESTERN NM AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM recently opened in Grants, NM. For more information go to the website of the Cibola County Historical Society,

MENAUL HISTORICAL LIBRARY OF THE SOUTHWEST, 301 Menaul NE on campus of Menaul School. View artifacts of 100 year old Menaul School and archives of Presbyterian Church history of NM & Southwest. Contact Nona Browne, 255-1490.

CERRILLOS HILLS STATE PARK-adjacent to Village of Cerrillos on H.14 between ABQ & Santa Fe. 474-0196,





MORIARTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM, 202 S. BROADWAY IN MORIARTY, 832-0839 Open 10am-5pm Tuesday - Friday, 10am-3pm Saturday

Celebrating New Mexico Statehood site,
Celebrating New Mexico Statehood provides access to materials about New Mexico's history and culture. Designed to facilitate research about New Mexico's past, cultural heritage materials from 12 New Mexico institutions are available here for study and research. Materials include photographs, documents, maps, posters, art, music and video. Managed by the University of New Mexico, University Libraries Center for Southwest Research, and funded by UNM's Center for Regional Studies, this project is intended to help all New Mexicans learn about and appreciate our past. Enjoy!
The 12 institutions participating in the Celebrating New Mexico site are:
• The Albuquerque Museum
• Farmington Museum
• Hubbard Museum of the American West
• Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
• National Hispanic Cultural Center
• New Mexico History Museum, Chavez History Library
• New Mexico History Museum, Photo Archives
• New Mexico State University Library
• Roswell Museum and Art Center
• Silver City Museum
• University of New Mexico, Art Museum
• University of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research
The ABQ Public Library has a huge web site devoted to the Centennial and NM History. There are links to all sorts of material.
Visit the web sites of the New Mexico Historical Society, and the Albuquerque Historical Society,, to see the free Centennial Teachers Resource Guide. The Guide has four sections on New Mexico History and 4th & 7th grade lesson plans. The sections are:
• New Mexico's Long Road to Statehood
• New Mexico's County Courthouses
• The Boundaries of New Mexico
• New Mexico's Governors since 1912
If you would like to help the history department of a local high school or middle school, the ABQ Historical Society in cooperation with the New Mexico Magazine, is seeking sponsors for classroom sets of the January 2012 New Mexico Magazine. The magazine may be purchased in sets of 30 for $75 or 40 for $100. Your sponsorship could honor a school, business, former teacher, or relative who appreciated New Mexico history. For more information contact Janet Saiers, 299-5019.


Samuel Forster “Sam” Tappan, (1830-1913) was born in Manchester, Massachusetts to a well-known abolitionist family. He became a newspaperman at a young age, and was himself strongly abolitionist. He was present in Kansas in the troubled years leading up to the Civil War; and moved to Colorado by 1858. As the Civil War began, he joined, and helped organize, the 1st Colorado Volunteers—the Pike’s Peakers—and was a lieutenant colonel, under the command of Colonel John P. Slough, when they reached New Mexico as a part of the effort to stop the Texas Confederate invasion. He participated in the battle at Pigeon’s Ranch. He later served under Colonel John Chivington, a man he came to despise. It is noteworthy that Tappan did not participate in Chivington’s Sand Creek Massacre in southeast Colorado (November 1864); but did serve on the board of inquiry that looked into the matter after the fact. Significant to New Mexico is the fact that Tappan, then a civilian, served on the Peace Commission established in 1867 to negotiate treaties with warring Indian tribes in the American West—including the Navajo, then confined at Bosque Redondo, near Fort Sumner. (One source reports that the Peace Commission was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant, but that could not be so since Grant did not take office until March 1869.) The signatories to that Navajo Peace Treaty were Tappan and General William Tecumseh Sherman (June 1, 1868) and a dozen Navajo leaders, with Barboncito at the top of the list. Tappan moved to Washington, D. C., by the late 1880s and spent the remainder of his life there, dying at 82.

Selected sources:
Alberts, The Battle of Glorieta
Hoig, The Sand Creek Massacre
“The Navajo Treaty—1868,” a pamphlet published by K. C. Publications in cooperation with the Navajo Tribe, 1968
Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography

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; a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards; and it won the Reference Book category at the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

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