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Apr 3, 2024
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Friends of History Wednesday Lecture Series
Onate & Villagra: 1598 New Mexico

New Mexico History Museum

Please join Dr. Thomas E. Chavez, Former Director, Palace of the Governors Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Former Executive Director, National Cultural Hispanic Center, for a "repeat performance" ON-LINE talk originally presented by Southwest Seminars on May 5, 2003., as part of our Friends of History Lecture Series.

Tom’s talk discusses Captain Gaspar Pérez de Villagra and his narrative epic poem, Historia de La Nueva Mexico, which focuses on the early days of Juan de Onate’s 1598 expedition to colonize northern New Mexico, ‘making himself (Villagra) look great but his boss (Onate) looks greater.’ Published in 1610, the poem is particularly notable as the first known publication about America in Europe.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Chavez is the Former Director for the Palace of the Governors Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico; former Executive Director for the National Hispanic Cultural Center; and recipient of the Order of Isabella the Catholic from the Government of Spain. As well, Tom has authored over twelve books, three of which are published in translation in Spain. Among these publications are New Mexico Past and Present and Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift

ON-LINE registration link here: https://bit.ly/49QbAW3

This month’s presentation is a collaboration between the Friends of History and Southwest Seminars (southwestseminars.org), a Santa Fe educational non-profit which offers weekly in-person lectures featuring distinguished scholars 50 Mondays a year for the past 26 years. This nonprofit is the recipient of important historic and cultural preservation awards and a proud partner with Hotel Santa Fe, a Picuris Pueblo Enterprise. Southwest Seminars is committed to sensitive cultural education and works with those who share the same commitment. 

This month’s prerecorded video lecture may also be viewed for free, along with more than one hundred others by distinguished guest speakers by going to southwestseminars.tv and creating an account, a password, and signing in for access at no charge.

All donations to this presentation will be shared equally by the Friends of History and Southwest Seminars.

Photo credit: Portada del libro “Historia de la Nueva Mexico” publicado por Gaspar de Villagra en 1610, en Alcalá de Henares, por el impresor Luis Martínez Grande, a costa del Mercader de libros Bautista López.

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