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PROGRAMS 2013-2014

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.       
 LCHS Board Meetings: 1st Saturday of each month  at 10:00 a.m. - Dr. Woods' Annex, 711  Calle la Placita,  Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM. 
Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend.
Board Meeting:  Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10 a.m. !!
Dr. Woods' Annex, 711 Calle la Placita, Hwy. 380, Lincoln NM.  Visitors/Members Welcome to Attend!!  Discussion of events/tours for the 2014 Calendar.  Archival Records, etc.   Dutch Treat Lunch at The Dolan House to follow. 


April 26, 2014:  A tour of various Upper Bonito River petroglyph sites and the Old Brewery near Fort Stanton.  Rescheduled Date will be announced ASAP!  4x4 vehicles to car-pool are desired.   Signed release requested.  Register at explorenm@yahoo.com
Contact: 575-648-5586.

May 17: Mining and gold panning tour to include viewing the Old Parsons                                                                                                                                                        and Vera Cruz Mines in Lincoln National Forest... Meeting location will be at the Bonito Store on Hwy. 37, near Hwy. 48 intersection.  Participants limited to 40 registrants.
Register at explorenm@yahoo.com
Contact: 575-648-5586.

June 7, 2014:  Gary Cozzens, Manager of the Lincoln Historic Site, will give a presentation on the Torreon, the oldest structure in Lincoln County, and the Convento Museum, recently opened in Lincoln town.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ July:  Fort Stanton Live, July 11-13, 2014
August: Old Lincoln Days, August 1-3, 2014, http://www.nmmonuments.org/lincoln

September: 2nd Annual VIP Walking Tour of Old Lincoln, date and time to be announced
October: Annual Meeting, Pot Luck Luncheon and Guest Speaker, TBA

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).    Visitors and Guests at the Museum events are welcome; no donation required.

May 18, 2013:  Ranch Tour:   Participants met our host, Sterling Spencer,  at Carrizozo Heritage Museum, 103 12th St., Carrizozo, NM.   Participants truck-pooled 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/ . Group returned to Carrizozo Heritage Museum for a sack lunch and sharing of memories of the day.

Carrizo Springs         View of Old Ranch House   Nogal Peak from the Ranch


June 22, 2013 I Bar X Ranch Tour, near Carrizozo, NM.  A large group of participants met at the Carrizozo Heritage Museum, 103 12th St., Carrizozo, Carrizozo, NM at 9 a.m.   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.  Further exploration took us to a lovely cottonwood tree picnic area before concluding the afternoon at Monument Hill, where a 100 Year History Granite marker has been erected on the property.  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.  
             Indian Pictographs                                          Group @ Old Mining Office             100 Year Monument

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!  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

August 2-3-4,  2013

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
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
Lincoln State 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


September 21, 2013:  First Annual VIP Historic Lincoln Walking Tour !
(Disabled may car pool from point to point along the way!)
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. 
Gather in the Courtyard of the Visitors' Center, East end of the Street.  Tour begins at 10 a.m., Limited to 40 Participants, $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
  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.  The book profiles more than 40 families and individuals who first settled in White Oaks when it was a frontier town.   This book won the History-New Mexico category of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and is being nominated as Book of the Year for the Historical Society of New Mexico.  Books will be available for purchase!


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).  Car Pool @ 8:15 a.m.  from Carrizozo History Museum 103 12th Street, Carrizozo, NM OR meet at 10 a.m. at La Luz Pottery Factory in La Luz, NM.  
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.  The tour will be held Rain or Shine!
La Luz Pottery printed an elaborate catalog which illustrated all the available ceramic products, had a showroom on Fifty Second Street in New York City, and sold ceramics in at least 44 states throughout the nation and in four foreign countries.
For further background information on the history of the Factory, go to
 $10. donation  per participant is requested at event.  Please wear sturdy shoes as some walking over rough terrain may be  necessary.  Bring personal needs items, especially water, snacks,  sunscreen, and/or umbrella or  hat.     Signed release requested.   For further information, contact Andy Jorgensen at andyjorgensen22@aol.com,

From Highway 54: East on Alamo St. to La Luz>>>North on Main Street>>>
East on Laborcita Canyon Road>>>South/east on Fresnal Canyon Road>>>
1/2 mile on left is entrance to La Luz Pottery Factory (entrance road is rocky and bumpy several hundred yards).

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

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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