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PROGRAMS 2014

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 requested 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 requested.  Register at explorenm@yahoo.com.  Contact: 575-648-5586.       
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 LCHS Board Meetings: usually 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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September 6, 2014, 10 a.m.
Board Meeting Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita, Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM.  Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend!!  Discussion of events for the remainder of the 2014 Calendar, Archival Records, Publications, etc.  Dutch Treat Lunch at The Dolan House following, as desired.
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September 6, 2014, 1 p.m.
 2nd Annual VIP Walking Tour of Old Lincoln
 CANCELLED !!!
Sorry, due to unforeseen circumstances, the VIP Walking Tour has been cancelled.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  However, the Lincoln Historic Site folks have two tours scheduled for that day, so check out their website,  "www.nmhistoricsite.org/lincoln" , for information on other activities that day.
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October 18, 2014: Annual Meeting, Pot Luck Luncheon and Guest Speaker, TBA
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2013 EVENTS:

May 4, 2013 -  1 p.m.  Meet and Greet Event and Book Signing for Dr. William W. Dunmire, Associate in Biology, University of New Mexico, http://wwwbdunmire.com.  Presentation by Professor Dunmire on his new book, New Mexico's Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land and People (University of New Mexico Press, April 2013).   

May 18, 2013:  Ranch Tour:   Our host, Sterling Spencer guided participants to the historic Bar-W Ranch, north of Carrizozo.  Established by Wm. C. McDonald,  first statehood NM Governor, g-grandfather of Spencer (see http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails_docs.php?fileID=460).   http://carrizozostreetfair.org/cowboy-days/ .
 
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June 22, 2013 I Bar X Ranch Tour, near Carrizozo, NM.  Ranch owners, the Stephenson Family,  conducted a Jeep and 4x4 caravan tour of the ranch.  We visited the ancient Indian campsite where ancient petroglyphs are found.... then on to the 1940's stone Office building where coal mining was carried out.  Concluding the afternoon at Monument Hill.  This is one of the oldest and largest ranches in the area.  Many thanks to the Stephensons for a great day of exploration of their property.                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

July, 2013  FORT STANTON LIVE! - Fort Stanton Live! event brings costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, a candlelight tour, concert and a military ball which will have visitors dancing into the night!  See: http://fortstanton.org/fort-stanton-live/
ALSO SEE:  Book #2...Fort Stanton, New Mexico:  The Military Years  1856-1896
by Lee Myers     $10.00
Book AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE - go to “PUBLICATIONS” LINK
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August 2-3-4,  2013
         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 @ 10 a.m. on Sunday morning (Calle la Placita). 
LCHS OPEN HOUSE - Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita
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PRESENTATION BY BOB ESTES, TRUE WEST magazine,
11 a.m.,  Saturday, August  3, 2013
San Juan Mission, Calle la Placita (Hwy.380), Lincoln, NM. (Presentation of Videos on Billy the Kid)
  BOOK SIGNING - Also on Saturday, August 3, 2013, Approx. 1 p.m. Dr. Kathleen P. Chamberlain  Presentation, 
San Juan Mission, Calle la Placita (Hwy.380), Lincoln, NM.  Chamberlain’s book, In the Shadow of Billy the Kid: Susan McSween and the Lincoln County War, University of New Mexico Press,  has received acclaim for her presentation of the five decades when McSween witnessed  this turbulent period of Lincoln County’s past.   Open to the public -  Books available thru LCHS
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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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September 21, 2013:  First Annual VIP Historic Lincoln Walking Tour !
A guided walking tour of the famous and infamous buildings located along Calle la Placita in Old Lincoln Town.  Includes entry into buildings,  a 22 minute video on the Historic Site and a Reception with Refreshments at the end of the Walk at Dr. Woods' Annex, home of LCHS, 711 Calle la Placita. 
$10. donation for entry tickets into Museum buildings and to benefit LCHS. 
Please wear sturdy shoes, bring sunscreen, hat, water, etc.
Sign up at   www.explorenm@yahoo.com  
Contact: 575-648-5586
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  October 5, 2013   Annual Membership Meeting/Election of Officers@ 11 a.m./  Pot Luck Luncheon@ approximately 11:30 a.m. -  Carrizozo Heritage Museum, 103 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM.  -   Visitors Welcome!
          PROGRAM:  (Approx. 1 p.m.)
Book Signing and Presentation, Roberta Key Haldane, Gold-Mining Boomtown: People of White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory.   Haldane, a historian and writer is a native of Lincoln County

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October 19, 2013:  Tour of the Historic La Luz Pottery Factory, La Luz, NM (Between Alamogordo and Tularosa, NM) on Fresnel Canyon Road (see map). 
The factory is  listed on the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register in 1979 and was donated to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society for long-term preservation and interpretation.   The La Luz Pottery property contains 235 acres with water rights and the extensive clay pits.  Pete Eidenbach, Professor of Anthropology and New Mexico History, New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, will be conducting the tour. 
For further background information on the history of the Factory, go to
http://nmsua.edu/tiopete/la-luz-pottery-factory/.

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2014 Events:

August: Old Lincoln Days, August 1-3, 2014, http://www.nmmonuments.org/lincoln
Parade @ 11 a.m. on Sunday morning
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.) 

LCHS OPEN HOUSE - Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita,
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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.   Call (575) 653-4372 for more information
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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.    Meeting location will be at 9 a.m. at the Bonito Store on Hwy. 37, near Hwy. 48 intersection. 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             
                                                                                                     Joan Price and Mike Bilbo, our guides
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   Very little evidence has stood  the test of time, but here on these sites,  Petroglyphs remain a link to the culture and lifestyle of these ancient people.  Twenty-Nine carloads of participants attended this event.       
We also visited the Old Brewery Ruins on the Upper Bonito River Trail.   Then, we visited an entrance to Snowy Cave where Mike Bilbo shared information about the current problems with bat diseases being studied at this site.  Thanks to Mike and Joan for making this a very enjoyable and educational event.

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July  11-13, 2014     FORT STANTON LIVE! - Fort Stanton Live! event brings costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, a candlelight tour, concert and a military ball which will have visitors dancing into the night!  Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists, and a variety of historical vendors to site to share their crafts and other handiwork.  Special tours of the WW II internment camp are also available: http://fortstanton.org/fort-stanton-live/  LCHS members will be present to meet visitors and to present available publications and maps. Come by and meet us.
ALSO SEE:  Book #2...Fort Stanton, New Mexico:  The Military Years  1856-1896   by Lee Myers     $10.00
Book AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE - go to “PUBLICATIONS” LINK

LCHS will have a booth on July 12 at this event.... stop by to meet us and see our offerings!

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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 of 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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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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