2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures Part 1: January–June

‘Roundhouse’ Capitol building in Santa Fe in 1967, by Dick Kent. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 091176. Courtesy/NMHM

NMHM News:

SANTA FE—From a dauntless woman warrior to the inside scoop on the New Mexico Legislature, the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library’s Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures offer a wealth of learning.

Organized by Librarian Tomas Jaehn, 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.

Lectures for the first half of 2015:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, Jeff Berg on “Films Made in New Mexico: A History”

Berg is a Santa Fe-based writer, film reviewer and film historian. For the past four years, he has traveled New Mexico narrating clips of movies made in New Mexico.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, John McWilliams on “Lozen, Apache Warrior Woman”

McWilliams is the author of New Mexico: A Glimpse into an Enchanted Land (Inkwell productions, 2014). He retired to Santa Fe from the computer industry in 2007. Lozen, ca. 1840 – 1890, was a sister of Victorio and fought alongside both Nana and Geronimo.

  • Wednesday, March 11, Frank Norris on “Black Pioneers on Route 66”

In the Jim Crow era, black tourists experienced a different kind of Route 66 than the one remembered in story and song. Norris is a historian for the National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region, in Santa Fe.

  • Wednesday, April 1, Brett Hendrickson on “Owning the Sacred: The 1929 Sale of the Santuario de Chimayó”

Hendrickson is an assistant professor in the Regional Studies department at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is the author of Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo (New York University Press, 2014).

  • Wednesday, May 6, Madeleine Carey on “American Original: The Greater Gila Bioregion and NM’s Wilderness Legacy”

Carey earned a masters’ degree in biology and urban studies from Tufts University. She is the WildEarth Guardians’ Gila Campaign fellow.

  • Wednesday, June 17, Dede Feldman on “Inside the NM Senate: A Political History”

A former state senator, Feldman is an Albuquerque consultant and author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).

For information, call 505.476.5200.

The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe is part of a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Museum exhibitions and programs supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.