Welcome to the second Mesa Talks lecture of the season. This is a lecture series between Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and Los Luceros Historic Site focusing on all things history and archaeology in New Mexico and the Southwest! This will be hosted in person at Los Luceros as well as streamed virtually on Facebook and YouTube.
The Lucero Family has a long history both in Europe and the Americas but how exactly did their name come to be associated with Los Luceros Historic Site? In this Mesa Talk, Ranger Rebecca Ward will discuss who the Lucero Family was in New Mexico and how they came to influence one of the largest land grants in Northern New Mexico in the 1700s and 1800s.
Rebecca Ward is currently the interpretive ranger for Los Luceros Historic Site. She is the main site researcher and gives tours to the public. She has an MA from the University of Oklahoma in Museum Studies. She has worked as an interpreter and educator for the National Park Service and a private non-profit museum in northern Wyoming. Beginning her work at Los Luceros in 2020, Rebecca plans to continue to expand her knowledge about Los Luceros through archival research and recording oral histories.