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June 23, 2014
Mix together experts on a legendary outlaw, a hotel magnate, and a Territorial governor, and top it with ice-cold beer. Those folks and more will speak in the second half of the 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library at the New Mexico History Museum, the monthly lectures are 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:
Monday, July 28: Larry Ball on “The Life and Misfortunes of Tom Horn.”
Lawman, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw and assassin, Tom Horn has fascinated Americans since his death by hanging before his 43rd birthday. Ball is a professor emeritus at Arkansas State University and author of Tom Horn in Life and Legend (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014).
Thursday, Aug. 21: Oliver Horn on “The Civil War in New Mexico: The War for the Southwest.”
Horn is a doctoral student at Georgetown University with interests in U.S. diplomatic history, the Cold War, Latin America and the borderlands.
Wednesday, Sept. 10: Richard Ruddy on “Edmund G. Ross: A Profile in Courage.”
By the time he became the New Mexico Territory’s 13th governor, Edmund G. Ross had played key roles as an abolitionist, journalist and Union officer. Ruddy is author of his award-winning biography, Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist (University of New Mexico Press, 2013).
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Stephen Fried on “Fred Harvey, the Hotel Castañeda, and the Future of the Past in Railroad New Mexico.”
Author of the best-selling biography, Appetite for America, Fried is an expert on the legacy of Fred Harvey and his many Harvey Houses, including the soon-to-be-renovated Hotel Castañeda in Las Vegas, NM.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Jon C. Stott on “New Mexico Beer—Now and Then.”
New Mexico brewing began in the 1850s with small breweries that were wiped out by Prohibition. Not until 1988 did craft brewers stage a renaissance. Stott is author of New Mexico Beer: A History of Brewing in the Land of Enchantment (History Press, 2014).
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Linda Tigges on “Why Money is Better than Barter: Trade in 18th-Century Northern New Mexico.”
Tigges is a longtime urban planner with a focus on Santa Fe.