The public is invited to meet Rosanne Roberts Archuletta and Phil Archuletta at the monthly Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda.
The Archulettas’ book “Women Marked for History” profiles the lives of women who are commemorated on New Mexico’s Historic Markers.
The New Mexico Women’s Historical Marker Initiative, comprised of members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum, noted that of the more than 500 markers in New Mexico in 2004, only one featured a woman, and set about to remedy that. They approached the Governor and the Legislature to add 64 Markers featuring women to the roadside system, and were successful.
Rosanne and Phil Archuletta never expected to write a history book. The couple had careers in their respective fields- Phil with his sign company and Rosanne with her business consulting company.
Phil is a native New Mexican, and CEO of P & M Signs, Inc. He has been involved in the manufacture of the New Mexico Historical Markers since 1972, when he won the contract to create the vigas that are used in the signs.
Phil loves delving deeply into New Mexico history as he creates the markers. Phil is also a lifelong inventor, with many patents to his name. He co-wrote “Traveling New Mexico”, published in 2004, which was a guide to both the Historical and State Park markers in New Mexico.
Rosanne Roberts Archuletta brings her understanding of women’s issues and history to the book. She is a speaker who lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to professional and personal development. She is familiar to many in Los Alamos from her work with Los Alamos MainStreet, UNM-Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The book won New Mexico’s Heritage Preservation Award for 2015 in the category of individual achievement.
There are two author talks at the Library this week, David King Dunaway on Wednesday, and the Archulettas on Thursday. Both talks are at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa, 2400 Central.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more.
The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.