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Gov. Lew Wallace

PROGRAMS 2015

NOTELincoln County events and ranch  tours are conducted from May-September annually by the Lincoln County Historical Society
 with reservations to each event strongly recommended.  Participants limited to 40 individuals.  $10. donation per participant is suggested at event. 
Wear sturdy shoes as some walking over rough terrain may be necessary.  Bring personal needs items, especially water, snacks, sunscreen, and hat. 
 4x4 wheel drive vehicles to share are desired, if available.   Signed release requestedArrive Early! 
Register at
   Marilynb@pvtnetworks.net
or telephone :
575-653-4360
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 LCHS Board Meetings: on 1st Saturday of each month  at 10:00 a.m. -
  Dr. Woods' Annex, 711  Calle la Placita,  Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM....
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Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend.
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Remember, 2015 Annual Membership Dues are now due...$25.00 per family
$60. per Sponsoring, $250. per Life, and $10/yr. per Student
Please make out your check and send to Lincoln County Historical Society, P.O.Box 91, Lincoln, NM 88338
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Upcoming 2015 Events:

 

June 6, 2015, Board Meeting, LCHS, 10 a.m. at Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita, Final plans for upcoming programs.  Dutch Treat Luncheon at The Dolan House, 827 Calle la Placita; Members return to Woods' Annex to work on Archives; visitors/members welcome to attend.~~~
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June 13:   Outlaws Along The Rio Grande, a presentation by speaker,  Paul Harden, President of the Socorro Historical Society.... :11 a.m., Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso, NM.   This talk will focus on outlaws of the Southern Rio Grande region  (outlaws, besides Billy the Kid!!)  Mr. Harden
is an electrical engineer with the Very Large Array radiotelescope in San Augustin and Socorro, NM.
A $10. Donation to the LCHS  is kindly suggested!

Sunday,  June 14: 2 - 5 p.mMeet 'n Greet
@  Soul of the West Bootique,  407 Central Ave. in Carrizozo.   Noted authors Rick Geary, Earl Pittman and Gary Cozzens will have their books available and will be signing.  Refreshments and discounts on Soul of the West merchandise for LCHS members, including those who join during the event.  
Contact Gwen Rogers at 575-937-6655 or gwen.ann@hotmail.com


July 18:  Book Presentation and Signing on The Death of Billy the Kid  by Rick Geary. This book signing and presentation will be held on the grounds of Fort Stanton, Lincoln County, NM.  Time and specific location  to be Announced.  
 $10. donation  to LCHS is suggested.
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August 7, 8, and 9th OLD LINCOLN DAYS
LCHS  OPEN HOUSE,  Aug. 7-8, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
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August 15
, 9 a.m.:  Rock Art Tour with Mike Bilbo, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, Advance Reservations are a MUST... Limited Number of Attendees:  40.     
$10. donation per participant is suggested at event. 
Wear sturdy shoes as some walking over rough terrain may be necessary.  Bring personal needs items, especially water, snacks, sunscreen, and hat. 
 4x4 wheel drive vehicles to share are desired, if available.   Signed release requestedArrive Early!  Register at
   Marilynb@pvtnetworks.net
or telephone :
575-653-4360
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SEPTEMBER:  Book Signings for Gary Cozzens'
Tres Ritos book and Earl Pittman's Rebels in the Rockies book! 
Also John LeMay's book on Billy the Kid !

And in September:  CANYONS OF NEW MEXICO

October 3, 2015
Brief Business Meeting, Pot Luck Luncheon
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Watch this site for more Upcoming 2015 Information!!
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2015  Past Events

May 16
Hondo Valley Ranch Tour to the Feliz Canyon Ranch and Jimmy Dolan/Tunstall Ranch... We toured the  historically famous James J. Dolan and John Henry Tunstall houses on the Felix River. 

Stops were made at the Tunstall house, an old rock dugout where Billy the  Kid is said to have called home while working for Mr. Tunstall, and the Dolan house.  The tour was limited to 40 participants....
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May 9, Dragoons at Fort Stanton Cave, Mike Bilbo, Roswell BLM Office Outdoor Recreation Planner, presentation was held at Fort Stanton Officer's Quarters. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 May 2, 2015 
LCHS Board Meeting:
 General discussion of events planned for 2015.  Volunteers are currently needed to help with
archival data entryDutch Treat Lunch at The Dolan House following the meeting!
See the Calendar page for other scheduled Lincoln Historic Site activities...
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April 18, 2015, Ruidoso Public Library,  
107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso, NM
Lynda A. S
`anchez, author of Apache Legends and Lore, Presentation and Book Signing 
This book is a story of friendships, cultural bridges, and includes not only the legends and folk tales but also a general history for the novice reader and short biographical sketches of the main individuals who networked to preserve rich stories being lost at a rapid rate.    See LCHS Publications page for more information on this publication!
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April 25, 9:30 a.m. @ Ft. Stanton Museum Parking Lot:  Bonito Valley & Old Ft. Stanton Cemeteries Tours, $10 donation,
The LCHS conducted a tour of the Bonito Valley and Fort Stanton Cemeteries to visit the grave locations of many of the participants of the Lincoln County War.    Car pooling to the old Fort Stanton Cemetery, thence traveling east on Hwy. 380 to Lincoln, NM cemetery's, and thence eastward to private cemeteries,
Dolan-Fritz-Worwerk Cemeteries..
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Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2 p.m., Community Church in Lincoln, NM:    
The LCHS and the New Mexico Humanities Council scheduled a one-woman show, “The Saga of Diamond Bessie; A Tale of Love and Murder” This one-woman Chautauqua event, created and performed by Susi Wolf, a professional storyteller, was open to adults only, due to the mature content presented.   The 45-minute drama was followed with a Question and Answer Session with Ms. Wolf.  For more information on the program, please visit: www.wolfsongcreative.com.
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Saturday, January 17, 2 p.m., WOMEN MARKED FOR HISTORY Presentation and Book Signing!
Authors Phil  and wife, Roseaane Archuletta, presented information on the history of the Women of New Mexico historical road markers.  The project began in 1935.  The couple discussed the Women's Initiative and their success in getting the funding for the initial 64 women's markers.  The compilation of these first 64 markers is the subject of their book, Women Marked for History  Women Marked for History fills in the details on the stories behind the names.  A book signing followed.   For More Information, See:  www.womenmarkedforhistory.com
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2014 Past Events:
October 16, 2014 Board Meeting and Annual Pot Luck Lunch, with Guest Speaker, Dr. Cynthia Orozco
Dr. Orozco is a Professor of History at ENMU in Ruidoso, NM. 
Dr. Orozco
is a specialist in Hispanic women’s history and is the author of over 50 articles and several books including No Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement which has been critically acclaimed. 
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March 15, 2014:  In recognition of the historic meeting on March 17, 1879 between then- NM Governor Lew Wallace and
William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid,
 there will be a program with Dr. Noel Pugach, who will perform as Governor Wallace.   At that
meeting, Bonney agreed to testify against participants in the Lincoln County War in exchange for a pardon from Gov.
Wallace. 
 The program will be at 2:00 p.m. in the San Juan Mission on Hwy. 380 in Lincoln, NM.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May 17: Mining and gold panning tour... a demonstration by two area miners,
             to include viewing the Old Parsons Mine,  the American,
and Helen Rae
in Lincoln National Forest.and the Vera Cruz Mine on Vera Cruz Mountain.  Picnic lunch together afterwards!   4x4 vehicles
desired; we will car pool together. Participants limited to 40 registrants.
Register at explorenm@yahoo.com.  Contact: 575-648-5586.
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June 14, 2014,  UPPER BONITO RIVER ROCK ART SITES TOUR
Mike Bilbo, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Roswell BLM Office and Joan Price of the Jornada Research Institute in Tularosa, NM led our
group on
a tour of  Upper Bonito River  petroglyph sites.   These sites are 

Goggle Man on Indian Rock              Ft. Stanton Brewery
                                                                                                   
located on private roads behind Fort Stanton.   Etched on these rocks are depictions of an ancient people known as
the  Jornada Mogollon (1000-1400 A.D.) who have long since left the area. 
See: www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/roswell/rio_bonito_petroglyphs.html  
  Thanks to Mike Bilbo and Joan Price for making this a very enjoyable and educational event.

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July 15 - July 19, 1878 - Five Infamous Days in Lincoln County History
On July 15, 1878, The Dolan-Murphy faction faced off with Billy the Kid and the Regulators on Main Street in Lincoln, NM.  On July 19, cavalry
from Fort Stanton arrived on the scene, 
climaxing the four-day gunfight and siege that resulted in the death of McSween and the scattering of the Regulators.  AT 11:30  a.m. on July 19, 2014, LCHS member Steve Moore led  a walking tour of participants, pointing out the action and locations o
 the documented evidence of the events of these five days.
  This is the core event that put Lincoln County into the history books.
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August: Old Lincoln Days, August 1-3, 2014, http://www.nmmonuments.org/lincoln
Parade @ 11 a.m. on Sunday morning
FIRST WEEKEND IN AUGUST:  OLD LINCOLN DAYS:
Old Lincoln Days has been celebrated the first full week-end in August since 1939, with the exception of two years during World War II.
Visitors will enjoy re-enactors, music, performances of the Last Escape of Billy the Kid, performed on Friday and Saturday evenings
(8:30 p.m.)  and Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) 
(Stadium Seats and Umbrella's Welcome!!)   following the parade @ 11 a.m. on Sunday
morning (Calle la Placita). 
LCHS OPEN HOUSE - Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita
Lincoln  Historic Site is unique in that it manages most of the historical buildings in the community of Lincoln. This most widely
 visited State Historic Site in New Mexico and is part of a community frozen in time—the 1870's and 1880's:
 
http://www.nmstatemonuments.org/lincoln
            

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Lincoln County is in the process of making available to the public an extensive archive of Lincoln County newspapers going back
 to the 1800s.
 Contact for further information: Karen Mills, Archivist, Carrizozo Court House, 575-648-2306, ext. 137 or
1-800-687-2705

   

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