UNM-Los Alamos Community Education is offering a two-day course on the history of Homesteading and the Homestead Act.
The class is 5:15-7:15 p.m. Friday, May 3 and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 4. To register, call 505 662 0346 or register online at losalamos.unm.edu/community-education
Taught by Raffi Andonian, Museum Educator for the Los Alamos Historical Society, the class provides an opportunity to learn about the impact of homesteading on New Mexico and learn about the life of homesteaders. On the second day, students will explore the homesteading sites in the area.
New Mexico was a state deeply affected by homesteading. In the early 1900s, the Homestead Act was revised to allow people to claim as much as a full section of land (640 acres.)
Many made claims on land in more remote areas, farther away from the railroads, water, and larger towns. This created opportunities for new comers but also led to conflicts over land claims among ranchers, homesteaders and the old Spanish families.