Come purchase a new book just out by retired State Historian Robert J. Torrez and Robert Trapp. Mr. Torrez will be doing a presentation on Saturday, November 20, 2010 starting at 11:00 am. After the presentation, Mr. Torrez and Mr. Trapp will do a booksigning segment. Come purchase your own book and have the authors sign it. Hope to see you here!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS/EDITORS:
Robert J. Tórrez was born and raised in the northern Rio Arriba County community of Los Ojos and is a graduate of Tierra Amarilla High School. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas and served as the New Mexico State Historian from 1987 until his retirement in December 2000. During the past four decades more than one hundred of his scholarly and popular articles on New Mexico history and culture have been published in numerous regional and national publications. He has also contributed to a dozen books, and since 1992, has written a monthly column, “Voices From the Past,” for Round the Roundhouse. His recent books include UFOs Over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico’s History (University of New Mexico Press, 2004), New Mexico in 1876-1877, A Newspaperman’s View (Rio Grande Books, 2007) and Myth of the Hanging Tree (University of New Mexico Press, 2008).
Robert Trapp is a native of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado and a veteran newspaperman. He served with the Army Air Force in World War II and after the war attended the University of Colorado under the GI Bill. He worked on daily newspapers in Alamosa, Colorado; New Bern, North Carolina; Rock Springs, Wyoming and Great Falls, Montana. In 1956, he, his wife Ruth, also a journalist, and another couple started the Rio Grande Sun in Española and he has worked as an editor/publisher since. He and Ruth have three children and live in an old adobe in Sombrillo, a suburb of Española. Their son, Robert B. Trapp, currently is managing editor of the Rio Grande Sun.
Immigration, Racism and Terrorism in America—from the Naturalization Act of 1790 to the Arizona State Legislation of 2010
Jake Arnold, of El Rito, will be doing a presentation on Immigration, Racism and Terrorism in America and will talk about the current legislation passed in Arizona. This presentation will be at the El Rito Library on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Jake Arnold currently works as a political consultant, law firm investigator and historical researcher—handling various such projects on a pro bono basis. He has maintained full and part-time homes in since 1972.
Formerly a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a community organizer in Texas/New Mexico/California, Arnold has also worked off and on for over 40 years as a reporter/editor/commentator for newspapers, broadcast outlets and wire services.
Among the journalistic positions he held was that of Texas/Mexico Borderland correspondent-investigative reporter for international wire service Agence France-Presse (AFP) in the late 1990s/early 2000s and political correspondent for the radical Liberation News Service in France, Italy and Switzerland in the 1960s. Stationed in Southwest Texas, Arnold covered immigration issues and immigration/ethnic-related violence for AFP.
Arnold has also served as a bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle, crime/courts reporter for the Rio Grande Sun, investigative reporter editor of the alternative he Iconoclast of Dallas, investigative reporter/columnist for the alternative Lone Star Iconoclast, investigative reporter for the alternative FW Weekly of Fort Worth, commentator for KCHU-FM and KERA-TV, both of Dallas, a contributor to the Texas Observer of Austin, and as a correspondent for the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service in Italy. in Santa Fe, reporter/editorial writer for the
Fluent or conversant in five languages, Arnold is the recipient of a laurea magistrale (master’s degree) in philogy-linguistic anthropology from the Universita degli Studi di Firenze (Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, at and at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.) in Italy. He previously studied at the
October 2nd and 3rd 2010
"Death By Chocolate" ~ Desserts To Die For!
Youth Arts: Retablo Paintings
Works by Volunteers and Staff
For more info see: The El Rito Studior Tour website
Singer songwriter Lisa Mednick Powell and her husband Kip Powell are giving a fundraising concert at the library.
Saturday, September 25th
4:00 to 5:00
Admission free. Donations encouraged.
Lisa lived, breathed, and sang her way through the halls and parks of Austin, playing with other great musicians and writing her own songs. She’s released two albums, Artifacts of Love and Semaphore.
Said Rolling Stone of her music: “marked by artful songcraft.”
Utne Reader: “a dark, swirling gumbo.”
Austin-American Statesman: “richly evocative!”
Hispano Culture and Transportation Presentation
Our own El Rito Resident, Historian Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle, will be doing a presentation on the achievements of hispanos in New Mexico during the 19th century and highlighting New Mexicans contributions. This presentation is on August 28, 2010 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle received her doctorate in American Social History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a member of the departments of history at Colorado State University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Westminster College and a Fulbright scholar in 1988. She is currently a planning specialist at the National Trails Intermountain Region office of the National Park Service in Santa Fe. Dr. Boyle continues to work as an independent scholar focusing on socioeconomic developments in New Mexico during the 19th century and is the author of Los Capitalistas: Hispano Merchants and the Santa Fe Trade. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.
Dr. Boyle in addition to being an expert on roads and historic trails, has worked on a wide range of topics, such as general management plans, interpretive plans, heritage tourism, the study of cultural landscapes and linear resources, and the development of effective strategies for successful partnerships.
She has also worked extensively in Latin America. She She was a co-leader of an International Workshop for Park Planning in Payogasta, Argentina, 2001, and has participated in numerous international seminars regarding strategies for incorporating landscapes and linear resources to World Heritage Site selection.
The presentation focuses on the contributions that the hispano culture made to the massive transportation of goods associated with the Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro during the 19th Century. In the Southwest, the US inherited a tradition of muleteering as the Spanish found that packing was ideally suited to the area’s mountains and deserts. Many argue that the Spanish mule has been the unsung hero of transportation in the southwest.
We are happy to announce a permanent donation by Ms. Carol Martin-Davis of her late husband's, William Shough, book collection written by Patrick O'Brian. Mr. O'Brian, whose 20 sea stories won him international fame, died at the age of 85.
Mr. Patrick O'Brian, the Anglo-Irish novelist whose stirring tales of the British Navy in the Napoleonic Wars made him a literary celebrity at an age when most writers have long ceased to ply their trade. Mr. O'Brian achieved international fame with his series of novels featuring Jack Aubrey, a British naval officer, and Stephen Maturin, an Irish-Catalan physician, naturalist and accomplished spy who was Aubrey's friend and constant shipmate. The first of the series, "Master and Commander" appeared in 1969; the 20th, "Blue at the Mizzen" was published in 1999 late in the year. Like most of the Aubrey-Maturin novels, it appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.
You can view this book collection at the Library. This collection is displayed in the Special Glass Cabinet. Thank you Carol!
This Yoruba, indigo, resist dyed cotton textile was collected in Nigeria by the late Kate Peck Kent in the late 1960's. It appears on the back cover and on page 58 of her book "Introducing West African Cloth" published by the Denver Museum of Natural History in 1971.
Ms. Kent is a well known textile scholar and historian, best known for her research in prehistoric textiles of the American Southwest. Some of her other books are: Prehistoric Textiles of the Southwest,1983, Pueblo Indian Textiles, a Living Tradition,1983, Navajo weavings, Three Centuries of Change, 1985.
This piece was donated to the El Rito Library by her son Jon Kent, as a fundraiser for the libr ary. The Kent family has been enjoyong life in El Rito since the 1940's.
The size of this piece is 59.5 inches wide by 56 inches wide, which includes the 4 inch blue strips on either side. The measurement of the resist dyed piece is 51.75 wide by 65.5 iches high.
This work has been assessed and is on sale for $500. It is presently hanging at our librarians desk for viewing.
Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm
New Mexico Territorial Justice: 1846 – 1912
A history of the administration of justice in New Mexico from the American occupation in 1846 until statehood in 1912. The presentation will focus on the lives and activities of several Supreme Court justices in the context of territorial times and will address the participation of the one Hispanic Justice in territorial times and since statehood in 1912.
Patricio M. Serna is currently a Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. (biography)