New Mexico History Museum

“Headed into the Wind: A Memoir” Book Talk & Signing with Jack Loeffler

February 04, 2020


(Santa Fe, New Mexico -- The New Mexico History Museum welcomes author Jack Loeffler Wednesday, February 19 at noon to talk about his new autobiography “Headed into the Wind: A Memoir. The talk and book-signing will be held in the History Museum auditorium. Headed into the Wind was just named one of the 2019 Southwest Books of the Year. 

With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades—including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder, Loeffler was part of an early coterie of counter culturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest.

Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bio-regionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived.

In this honest memoir, he advises each and every one of us to go skinny-dipping joyfully in the flow of Nature to better understand where we’re headed.

Jack Loeffler’s audio collection and his papers are part of the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library archival collection.

Admission to the New Mexico History Museum is free on Wednesdays to New Mexico senior citizens 60 and over with ID. Free to Museum Members and children 16 and under.

Event Contact: Heather McClure, Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, New Mexico History Museum, (505) 476-5053,

About the New Mexico History Museum:

The New Mexico History Museum is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents. Programs and exhibits are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its generous donors.

The campus of the New Mexico History Museum includes the Palace of the Governors, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, and Pete V. Domenici Building. The Palace of the Governors is noteworthy as the original seat of New Mexico government, the initial home for the Museum of New Mexico, and for its designation as a National Historic Landmark. The New Mexico History Museum presents exhibitions and public programs that acknowledge and reflect on New Mexico’s diverse heritage. Special features include the Palace Press, Native American Artisans Portal Program, and collections held by the Palace Photo Archive, and Chavez History Library The museum also serves as a center for education and historical research.

113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe, NM 87501. (505) 476-5200. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the History Museum and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at




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