The Historical Society is pleased to provide speakers on a variety of subjects, connected with New Mexico’s rich and long history. We have experts on many aspects of New Mexico, from the Spanish colonial era, Pueblo life, Territorial times and through to the creation of the Trinity site.
Martha Shipman Andrews 575-646-5028; email@example.com
A graduate of Wellesley College, Martha Shipman Andrews received her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is presently University Archivist and an assistant professor at New Mexico State University. Her book, The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies at War, 1941-45, The World War II Correspondence of Dean Daniel B. Jett was published by the Rio Grande Books in 2009. She is a member of the board of directors of the HSNM and of the Doña Ana County Historical Society.
- Creating Higher Education for Women in New Mexico
- Eastern Views of Western Women
- Hiram Hadley and the Origin of New Mexico’s Land Grant College
- World War II and New Mexico’s State College: Coeds at War
- World War II and New Mexico’s State College: Aggies in the Pacific
- The Voice of the Great Southwest: Ralph W. Goddard and KOB Radio
Phil Archuletta is a native New Mexican, born in El Rito in Ro Arriba County. He ia a founder of Ojo Caliente Craftsman, one of the largest manufacturers in Northern New Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s. Today he is the CEO of P&M Signs, Inc., located in Mountainair, whose clients include the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the New Mexico Highway Department. Rosanne Archuletta is the Principal of R.M. Roberts and Associates, LLC, a human resources consulting firm. She holds a B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. from Naropa University. She and Phil are coauthors of Traveling New Mexico and Women Marked for History, both published by Sunstone Press.
- 300 years of New Mexico History Based on the New Mexico Historical Markers
- The History of New Mexico Based on the Historical Markers
- Lessons Learned from Women Marked for History
- By the Grace of God! One Native New Mexican’s Story about Winning and Losing in the World of Business, Politics, Inventions and Love
Andrés Armijo 505-450-8762 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrés Armijo is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, with a B.A. in Spanish (with a minor in flamenco dance) and an M.A. in Southwest Hispanic Studies. He is the award-winning author of Becoming a Part of My History: Through Images and Stories of My Ancestors (2010). His newest book is Por Constancia/So That It May Be Validated: Family History in the Rio Abajo (2014).
- The Spanish Language in the Southwest
- Genealogical and Archival Research of Ancestry of New Mexico
- Genres of Chicano Literature Within a Historical Context
- Southwest Hispanic Folklore
- Music and Dance in New Mexico
- The Representation of New Mexico Hispanics in Film
A graduate of Smith College majoring in History, Nancy Bartlit received her M.A. in International Communications at UNM. She is the past president of the Los Alamos Historical Society and the past chairman (mayor) of Los Alamos. Focusing on New Mexico’s contributions to World War II in the Pacific, she co-authored the NM Board of Education approved historical text supplement: Silent Voices in World War II: When Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun, (2005) with the late UNM Professor Everett M. Rogers. She has taught in Japan and has traveled the world visiting military museums, monuments, and historic sites, such as on Okinawa, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. She has visited all internment camp sites in New Mexico and many WRA camps, speaking at Manzanar Historic Site.
- How the Bataan Death March survivors, the Navajo Code Talkers, the men of Japanese descent interned in New Mexico, and the expedited research to develop the atomic bombs in NM shortened World War II.
- Cultural Conflicts When Sons of the Land of Enchantment [New Mexicans] Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun [Japanese]
- The Navajo Code Talkers’ Indispensable Role in the Pacific Theatre and How Coded Language Continues to Pervade Our Lives
- Life in the Santa Fe Internment Camp for Males of Japanese Descent—Its Ironies and Challenges. Or, Conflict over the Santa Fe Internment Camp Marker
- The Second Atomic Bomb: Was it necessary?
Stefanie Beninato 505-988 8022; email@example.com
Stefanie Beninato has lived in New Mexico since 1975. Although she already had a J.D. from the University of California (Berkeley) and a Master’s degree in urban history, Stefanie went back to the University of New Mexico where she earned a Ph.D. in U.S. West and U.S. modern history in 1995. Dr. Beninato has worked for the state museum systems in a variety of capacities and participated in archaeological digs in the Southwest. Besides conducting cultural and educational tours, Dr. Beninato teaches at area schools and engages in a wide range of research. Her dissertation research centered on Apaches and Yaquis in the twentieth century and research projects have included such topics as water rights, county and pueblo rights-of-way, land grants and land ownership and genealogy.
- Leadership in the Pueblo Revolt
- The Indian New Deal in the Southwest
- La Cienega as a Microcosm of New Mexico History
- Land Grants and Water Rights: Fighting Words in the 21st Century
- A History of Crypto Jews in New Spain and New Mexico
Harvey Buchalter: firstname.lastname@example.orgA New York native, Harvey has resided in New Mexico since 1969 and is a retired high school and college teacher as well as an active sculptor, designer, and writer on Jews in New Mexico, how their history and culture have made a lasting impact on the state. Harvey is also a certified Yiddish-to-English translator and has translated many memoires, documents, and even the 400- page autobiography of one of the most gifted sculptors in early 20thcentury Europe. He is an active member of the NMJHS, former Board member, and is the recipient of the prestigious Hurst Award presented to individuals or organizations who have made contributions to New Mexico Jewish History.
- Building Community & Culture: Jews in the 20th Century Albuquerque
- The Jewish Immigrant Experience in New Mexico
- How Yiddish has Shaped Life in America
A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Don Bullis is the author of 10 non-fictional and two fictional books, including the New Mexico Biographical Dictionary and the New Mexico Historical Encyclopedia. He has won multiple awards for his books on including the New Mexico Rounders Award and the national Eric Hoffer Award for reference works. He is the long-time sheriff (president) of the Central New Mexico Corral of the Westerners International and a member of the board of directors of the Historical Society of New Mexico. He also serves as editor of the society’s quarterly, La Crónica. He was named New Mexico Centennial Author in 2012.
- Western Movies in Fact, Fiction and Trivia
- New Mexico on the Eve of the American Occupation (1821-1846)
- New Mexico’s Unsolved Mysteries
- New Mexico Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
- Law and Order in Territorial New Mexico, 1850-1912
- Outlaws, Crime and Punishment in America’s Old West
- Significant Personalities in New Mexico History Since 1540
Baldwin G. Burr 505-220-2030; email@example.com
Baldwin G. Burr is the contract photo archivist at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. Mr. Burr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at the University of New Mexico, and did graduate work in the History of Photography and Museum Practices at that same institution. In addition, Mr. Burr holds a Master of Arts degree in Education. He is the author of Images of America: Los Lunas, Images of America: Belen, Images of America: Socorro, and Images of America: Historic Ranches of Northeastern New Mexico published by Arcadia Publishing. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Valencia County Historical Society, and is the secretary of the Historical Society of New Mexico. He also is the Deputy Sheriff (Vice President) of the Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners International.
- Ernie Pyle: Bringing the World to America’s Doorstep – A Dramatic Performance
- The History of Philmont Scout Ranch
- The Albuquerque Connection: The Birth of the Microcomputer Revolution
- James Addison Peralta-Reavis, the “Baron of Arizona”
- Clyde and Carrie Tingley
- Route 66 in New Mexico
- Depression Era Photography: The Farm Security Administration Documentation of Rural New Mexico, 1936-1942
- The Hunings, A Pioneer New Mexico Merchant Family
- Billy the Kid in the Movies
- Historic Ranches of Northeastern New Mexico
Dorothy Cave 575-624-9635
Well-known for her award-winning history of New Mexico’s heroes of Bataan (Beyond Courage, 1992, 1996 revised 2006), her history of New Mexico’s dominant cultures and their roles in World War II (Four Trails to Valor, 1997, revised 2007), and her articles in New Mexico Magazine, Dorothy Cave also has published two novels of New Mexico, Mountains of the Blue Stone and Song of a Blue Guitar. Her biography of Father Albert Braun, God’s Warrior: Last of the Frontier Priests, will soon be released by Sunstone Press. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history and serves on the Board of Directors, Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico. Dorothy Cave is only available to speak in southern New Mexico.
- God, Guts, and the Guard: New Mexico’s Heroic National Guard in World War II.
- The Unbroken Code: Navajo Code Talkers in World War II
- God’s Warrior: Father Albert Braun, OFM, Last of the Frontier Priests
Thomas E. Chávez firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Chávez (Ph.D. in history, UNM) was Director of the Palace of the Governors Museum in Santa Fe for twenty years. He now also retired from the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico. He has published many articles, book reviews and seven books: Conflict and Acculturation; Manuel Alvarez’s 1842 Memorial; Manuel Alvarez, 1794-1856: A Southwestern Biography; Quest for Quivera: Spanish Exploration on the Plains; An Illustrated History of New Mexico; Wake for a Fat Vicar: Father Juan Felipe Ortiz; Archbishop Lamy and the New Mexican Catholic Church in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century (Co-authored with Fray Angelico Chavez); and An Intrinsic Gift: Spain and the Independence of the United States.
- History of New Mexico
- Spain and United States Independence
John L. Deuble, Jr. 505-823-6659; email@example.com
John Deuble is a western military historian. His field of interest is New Mexico military installations during the 1850-1950 time period. His current book is “An Illustrated History of the 1st Aero Squadron at Camp Furlong, Columbus, New Mexico 1916-1917.
- The 1st Aero Squadron Aerodrome at Camp Furlong 1916-1917
- Pilots of the 1st Aero Squadron at Camp Furlong 1916-1917
- The First of the Force
- The Pancho Villa Raid and the U.S. Cavalry Response, March 9, 1916
- Camp Furlong, Columbus, New Mexico 1912-1926
- Camp Luna, Las Vegas, New Mexico: From National Guard Encampment to Army Air Force Base, 1904-1945
- Kirtland Army Airfield During World War II
Bill Dunmire 505-867-3474 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Dunmire is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in wildlife management and zoology. He served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Carlsbad Caverns, where he retired as Superintendent in the mid 1980s. He is a professional nature photographer and the author of numerous books, including his award-winning Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America (2004) and New Mexico’s Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land, and People (2013). He is an Associate in Biology at the University of New Mexico and a Research Associate at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
- New Mexico’s Livestock Heritage
- Our Gift from Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Came to New Mexico
- Native People of North America: What They Grew and Gathered
Jerry Eagan 575-534-4866; email@example.com
Mr. Eagan has a B. S. in Political Science, International Relations and an M. F. A. in Creative Writing. Since moving to Silver City in 2002, he has pursued on foot and in historical resources the Apache of southwest New Mexico and eastern Arizona. He is a volunteer guide at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. He has written a number of magazine articles covering his research and photography of many Apache sites. He has also made several presentations to local groups using his own research and photography.
- Hiking Apacheria
- Apache Encounters – Grant County
Dede Feldman 505-220-5958; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dede Feldman has had a varied career as a journalist, high school and university teacher, director of a small public relations firm, and state legislator. She served in the NM State Legislature from 1997-2012 and is the author of Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens (UNM Press 2014) As the chair of several important committees, she championed health care and campaign finance reforms, successfully sponsoring the graduated drivers license program for teens, a free nurse advice line, a discount drug program for seniors, and many measures to limit campaign contributions and the ability of health insurance companies to raise rates and decrease benefits.
- Boots, Suits, and Citizens: New Mexico’s Unique Legislative Culture
- How the New Mexico Legislature Works: Then and Now
- Legislative Leaders, Lobbyists, and Special Interests
Jack R. Fox 505-771-0743; email@example.com
Jack R. Fox attended high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1969 and received a Master of Education degree from Georgia State University in 1975. He is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and the United States Army War College. He served in the U.S. Army and the New Mexico National Guard from 1969 to 1995. In 1999 he became Commandant of Cadets for NMMI and in 2004 was selected to serve as the president of St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kansas. He was recalled to active military service in 2007 and was assigned as Deputy Adjutant General and was promoted to Brigadier General. Upon retirement in 2010 he served as the director of the New Mexico National Guard Museum and Youth Challenge program.
- Rough Riders and New Mexico
- History of the New Mexico National Guard
Fred Friedman has a broad background in New Mexico railroading history. He served as head of the state’s Railroad Bureau for many years, investigated railroad accidents throughout the country for law firms, and acted as an expert witness in railroad cases after retirement. He was responsible for dozens of reports and studies associated with railroad freight and passenger service in New Mexico and throughout the United States. He has written numerous works about New Mexico railroad history, including subjects such as Santa Fe County Railroads; 1880 to the Present, The Zuni Mountain Railroad, and Railroad Depots of New Mexico.
Group Presentation examples include:
- New Mexico Short Line Railroads
- State and Territorial Railroad Law
- Railroads of Santa Fe County
- Native American Steel Gangs
- The Railroads of Corona & the Golden State Route
Loretta Hall 505-764-9906; firstname.lastname@example.org
Freelance writer Loretta Hall has written five books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her most recent book, Out of this World (Rio Grande Books, 2011), explores the history of New Mexico’s space-related research from the early twentieth century to the present. She is a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico, the National Space Society, the New Mexico Co-op, and SouthWest Writers. She served on the SouthWest Writers’ board of directors from 2004 to 2007 and received the Parris Award for outstanding service to the organization and the development of fellow writers.
- Space Pioneers: New Mexico’s Role in Sending Men to the Moon
- Rockets Over Roswell: Robert Goddard and His Vision of Space Travel
- In Spaceflight Humanly Possible?: Historic Answers from Holloman
Jim Harris 575-396-4805; email@example.com
Dr. Jim Harris is a professor emeritus, having taught English at the New Mexico Junior College from 1974 to 2000. Truly a Renascence man, Dr. Harris is an award-winning poet, author, folklorist, photographer, and museum director. He has published thirteen books and dozens of articles. He has served on several boards of directors and is currently a vice president of the HSNM. Most recently, he received the coveted Edgar Lee Hewett Award from the New Mexico Association of Museums. He is the Director of the Lea County Museum in Lovington.
- History & Literature of the Southwest Harris
- History & The Literature of New Mexico Harris
- History & Folklore of the Southwest Harris
- The Extreme Southeast: Lea County in NM History Harris
Paul Harden firstname.lastname@example.org
When not working at the Very Large Array observatory, Paul Hayden is Socorro’s resident historian, serving as a leader in the Socorro Historical Society and with the Camino Real International Heritage Center’s foundation. He has written a very popular monthly history column for the Socorro Chieftain for many years.
- Bronco Bill and the Belen Train Robbery of 1898
- The UFO Incident in Socorro, 1964
Rick Hendricks 505-476-7955; email@example.com
Dr. Rick Hendricks is the New Mexico State Historian. One of his recent books is The Casads: A Pioneer Family of the Mesilla Valley. He is a Past President, Historical Society of New Mexico.
- Diego de Vargas and the Recolonization of New Mexico
- Church and State in Eighteenth Century New Mexico
- Spanish Colonial Agriculture in New Mexico
- Indian Land Tenure in New Mexico
- Cultures in Conflict: Mexican New Mexico v. the United States
Chuck Hornung is the recognized authority on the New Mexico Mounted Police (1905-1921), the predecessor of the present-day State Police, and has become their chief chronicler. He had a “grandson-grandfather” relationship with Fred Lambert, the last living member of the Territorial Mounted Police. He has spent over 40 years researching the deeds of these territorial-state officers, interviewed decedents of the rangers, and owns a massive collection of Mounted Police memorabilia. He has written four books on this law enforcement agency.
- The Fornoff Report: The New Mexico Mounted Police and the Killing of Pat Garrett
- TheTrail of Pea-Pods: A Tale of the New Mexico Mounted Police
- Wyatt Earp: A New Mexico Lawman?
- The Forgotten Davy Crockett: Bad Boy of Cimarron, New Mexico
- The New Mexico Mounted Police Were People Too!
- The Legend of the Lone Ranger and Its Effect on the Popular Saga of the Old West
Karl Laumbach (h) 575-523-6328, (w) 575-524-9456; KWLaumbach@zianet.com
Karl Laumbach was born and raised on ranch in Colfax County, New Mexico. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 1974. He is currently Associate Director of Research and Public Education, HSR, Inc. He has thirty three years’ experience conducting and supervising archaeological fieldwork in New Mexico. His interests include the archaeology and history of Sierra County and northeastern New Mexico, and the assimilation of Anglo and Hispanic cultures in New Mexico. Publications include two books titled Capture the Past for New Mexico’s Future: A Curriculum For New Mexico’s Teachers, and Hembrillo: An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War.
- Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, and Lost Gold: The Story of Hembrillo, An Apache Battlefield of the Victorio War When History, Legend, and Archaeology Meet: Case Studies From Southern New Mexico
- Apache Land: From Those Who Lived It (The Art and Oral Historical Record of Keith Humphries) Hispanic Settlement of Sierra County Conditions
- La Cañada Alamosa: A Prehistoric Frontier in West-Central New Mexico
Dianne Layden 505-237-8110; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dianne Layden is a writer and retired college professor in Albuquerque. She came to New Mexico in 1969 to complete a doctorate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Research interests include New Mexico history and culture, public violence, and social justice. She has studied hate crimes since the late 1980s. Among other awards, her essay “Alleged Hate Crimes at Nosh Deli in Albuquerque” won a first place award in 2015 from New Mexico Press Women. Other New Mexico subjects of interest include public monuments that celebrate author Rudolfo Anaya and conquistador Don Juan de Onate, democratic values at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, and the Holy Inquisition in New Mexico during the colonial era.
- History of the Rudolfo Anaya – Bless Me, Ultima Landscape Park in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
- Hate Crimes in the United States and New Mexico
Nancy Owen Lewis 505-471-5657; email@example.com
Nancy Owen Lewis has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently a scholar in residence at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. She is the award-winning author of Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016) and A Peculiar Alchemy: A Centennial History of SAR, co-authored with Kay Hagen (SAR Press, 2007). She has published five articles on the health seeker movement, including “High and Dry in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health,” which received the 2013 Gilberto Espinosa Award from the New Mexico Historical Review. She serves on the boards of the Historical Society of New Mexico (vice president) and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
- Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health
- Dogs for Defense: Recruiting Pets During WW II
- The Cattle Mutilation Conspiracy
- They Came to Heal and Stayed to Paint: The Birth of the Santa Fe Art Colony
- Surviving Edgar Lee Hewett: His Battles and Enduring Legacy
- Edgar Lee Hewett and the Development of Pueblo Painting
- Pageants and Parades: The Battle for the Santa Fe Fiesta
- The Bryn Mawrters: Preservation and Politics in Santa Fe
- Celebrate! The Legacy of El Delirio and the White Sisters
Norma Libman, 505-867-9715, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma Libman is a journalist and lecturer with degrees in Education and Literature from Northeastern Illinois University. She has published more than 500 articles in newspapers nationwide and has taught at universities, colleges, and workshops in NM, Illinois and around the country. Norma lectures extensively on Jewish History and Culture. In her research on the Crypto-Jewish story she has interviewed, over a 20 year period, more than 50 individuals and families with hidden Jewish histories. She lectures for OASIS and OSHER, two older adult educational programs in Albuquerque.
- From Spain to New Mexico: The Journey to Keep a Secret
Rob Martínez is the Assistant State Historian of New Mexico. Rob worked as a research assistant for the Vargas Project at U.N.M. while earning an M.A. in Latin American History, and also worked as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project of New Mexico. He has conducted extensive genealogical research for New Mexico Hispano families, and presents regularly at history conference, public schools, and other venues.
- The Casta System in New Spain and New Mexico
- A History of the Inquisition in New Mexico
- Brujería (Witchcraft) in New Mexico History
- A Journey Through Hispanic New Mexican Music
Richard Melzer (w) 505-925-8620, (h) 505-864-2557; email@example.com
Professor of History, UNM-Valencia Campus, Ph.D., UNM, since 1979; Dr. Melzer has published and lectured on a wide variety of topics in 20th Century New Mexico History, including his most recent books Breakdown: How the Secret of the Atomic Bomb was Stolen During World War II (2000) and Coming of Age in the Great Depression: The Civilian Conservation Corps Experience in New Mexico, 1933-42 (2000) and Buried Treasures: Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History (2007). His publications have appeared in New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Historical Review, Western Historical Quarterly, El Palacio, and Journal of the West and Military History of the Southwest. He has been UNM’s outstanding Teacher of the Year and is a Past-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
- The Problems with Security at Los Alamos during World War II
- The Civilian Conservation Corps in New Mexico, 193-42
- Ernie Pyle’s New Mexico, 1935-1945
- New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood Featuring Political Cartoons Before 1912 Concerning -New Mexico’s Image
- Famous and Unusual Graves in New Mexico’s History
- A History of Outhouses in New Mexico
- The Swastica in New Mexico Culture and History
Liz Mikols firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Mikols has explored New Mexico history for nearly 20 years, focusing on territorial and early 20th century events. With a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.F.S. from Yale University, she is an award winning speaker and the current president of the Silver City Museum Society Board of Directors. She informs as well as entertains by incorporating historic photos and newspaper quotations in her lively presentations.
- Let Me Entertain You: Three Madams of Silver City, Bessie, Lottie, and Millie
- From School Marms to the Moon: Education in Grant County, New Mexico, or Why Billy the -Kid Didn’t Become an Accountant
- The Harvey Girls: The Inside Story
Van Ann Moore has researched, written and re-created the lives of over twenty famous women with drama, comedy, and singing. She has been associated with both the New Mexico Arts Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and as a scholar and performer with the New Mexico Humanities Council. She graduated with a B.A. in Theater and an M.A. in Music and Theater. She has taught Music and Theater at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus for over ten years. She has performed as a concert artist in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Israel and throughout the United States.
- Doña Tules Barcelo – Famous Gambling Hall Queen of Santa Fe -Susan Shelby Magoffin
- First Anglo Woman down the Santa Fe Trail and into New Mexico -Carrie Tingley and Katherine O’Connor -Founder of the Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital and the Director of the Albuquerque Little Theater -Westward Ho! – The Lives of the Women Who Headed West (as seen through their diaries and letters)
Lesley Poling-Kempes 505-685-4292; email@example.com
Lesley Poling-Kempes is the prize-winning author of five books about New Mexico, including The Harvey Girls (1989; 2007), Ghost Ranch (2005), Canyon of Remembering (2000), Valley of Shining Stone: The Story of Abiquiu (1997), and Georgia O’Keeffe & New Mexico: A Sense of Place (co-author, 2004). She is the winner of the New Mexico Press Women’s Zia Award for Excellence, and a WWA Spur Award finalist. She is a popular public speaker and served as the Ghost Ranch historian from 1995-2005. She is available for presentations in Albuquerque and within a 60-mile radius of her home in Abiquiu, including Santa Fe, Taos, and Chama.
- The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West
- Ghost Ranch
Noel Pugach, 505-323-2867; 505-917-5208 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Noel Pugach is currently Professor Emeritus of History at UNM, where he has taught since 1968. He was raised in New York City and did his undergraduate work at Brooklyn College. He later received his M.A. and PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin. Pugach has published essays and book reviews on New Mexico Jewish history. Pugach has written studies of nine Jewish families, the most recent being a study of four Alsatian Jewish families who settled in Albuquerque. Pugach served a two-year term as president of the NM Jewish Historical Society. He also presents first-person characterization of Harry Truman and Lew Wallace.
- Albuquerque Jews The creator of the Downtown Business District
- Two Pioneer Jews in 19th Century New Mexico
- Jews in Ranching in NM
John B. Ramsay 505-672-9201; email@example.com
John Ramsay grew up in El Paso, TX and graduated from Texas Western College (now UTEP). He received a Ph. D in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. After retirement from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he became interested in some of the old trails of northern New Mexico. He is currently treasurer of the Historical Society of New Mexico and has lectured on a military mutiny that occurred in Taos in 1855. The interest in the New Mexico boundaries developed from his collection of antique maps of the area.
- The Boundaries of New Mexico from the Spanish to the Modern Period
- The Mutiny of Company F. 1st Dragoons in Taos 1855
Sherry Robinson 505-343-0852; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Robinson is a long-time New Mexico journalist and author. Her book I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches was released in June by the University of North Texas Press. Lipans are the least known of the Apache bands. Robinson, working from archives and oral histories, adds new information to the records. Previously, she wrote Apache Voices as well as a history and outdoor guide, El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains, both published by the University of New Mexico Press. She’s given talks about the Apaches as a speaker for the New Mexico Humanities Council since 1999. Robinson began her career in 1975. She has worked for newspapers and television and was also science writer at the University of New Mexico, editing the award-winning research magazine, Quantum. In 1997 she received a Woman on the Move award from the YWCA in Albuquerque. She was named Woman of Achievement in 1980 by New Mexico Press Women. In 2003 she was an Honorary Commander at Kirtland Air Force Base. She has won writing awards from ten communications organizations.
- Lipan Apaches
- Mystery Apaches
- James S. Calhoun: The First Governor Appointed after New Mexico Became a U.S. Territory
Joe Sabatini was born in the Bronx, but doesn’t admit to it because his family moved to Los Angeles following World War II. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Library Science from U.C.L.A in 1965. He came to New Mexico as a VISTA Volunteer working in Sandoval County. Following 5 years at the U.N.M. School of Law Library, he joined the Albuquerque Public Library in 1973 as Head of Reference. He served as Main Library Manager from 1980 to July of 2000, when he became the library manager at Special Collections, the regional history and genealogy branch. Following his retirement in December 2008, he volunteers in the Archives/Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and is active in the Near North Valley Neighborhood Association.
- Christmas Revels: the 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo
- Olla Bearers and Indian Detours: New Mexico Indians as Tourist Attractions
- North Fourth Street: A Drive Through Time
- The Albuquerque Indian School: Origins, History and Communities
- The Motel in Albuquerque
Lucinda Lucero Sachs of Believe in the Wind: A Novel, set in New Mexico and Clyde Tingley’s New Deal for New Mexico, 1935-1938. She recently finished a short story collection, Half the World and at present is writing a history of Carrie Tingley Hospital. Holt, Winston and Reinhart selected her as a Review Editor for the 2000The American Nation and The American Nation: Civil War to the Present. She is a native of Alameda, New Mexico.
- Clyde Tingley’s New Deal for New Mexico
- Clyde Tingley, Ex-officio Mayor of Albuquerque
- George I. Sanchez and New Mexico education in the 1920s and 1930s
- Carrie Tingley: New Mexico’s Counterpart to Eleanor Roosevelt
- “The Triumvirate: How Dennis Chavez, Clyde Tingley, and John Dempsey took on Bronson Cutting”
Isabelle Sandoval: email@example.com
Isabelle is a retired professional educator and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Northern New Mexico College and NMSU. She also served as an Elementary School Principal in Santa Fe and Hernandez Schools. She continues to consult with Santa Fe and other public school districts in ELL/Bilingual Programs. Isabelle holds an Ed.D. from the University of Wyoming.
- Bi-Lingual/ESL Education and New Mexico Crypto-Jews
Naomi Sandweiss: firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi currently is the Executive Director of Parents Reaching Out in Albuquerque and previously served as Youth Program Supervisor at the University of New Mexico, Division of Continuing Education. She has several publications including Jewish Albuquerque and is a contributing writer to The Jewish Legacy in New Mexico, New Mexico Jewish Link, and Tablet Magazine.
- A Mobster in the Family: Jewish Outlaws, Gangsters & Bandits
- Family Vignettes: Uncovering, Honoring and Sharing Family Stories
- Star of David on the Santa Fe Trail: Jewish New Mexico
Paula Amar Schwartz email@example.com
Paula was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and came to New Mexico in the 1950s to attend UNM. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is now retired, living in Albuquerque, with husband Mel Schwartz. While in practice, she published many scientific articles and books, and served as President of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, the Academic and The Clinical divisions of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Her first book, “Beyond Time and Space” was published in 2008. She has just concluded serving as President of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.
- Challah Rising in the Desert: Jewish Settlement in New Mexico
- Telling New Mexico’s Jewish History through the medium of film
Rabbi Jack Shlachter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Jack began working at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1979. The bulk of his career was in experimental organizations, and he has been part of Theoretical Division since 2010 and is currently the Division Leader of Theoretical Division, an assemblage of nearly 300 Ph.D. scientists focused on modeling and theory in all the natural sciences. For the past three consecutive years during the Jewish High Holidays he has served as the spiritual leader at Kehillat Beijing, a unique, progressive ex-pat congregation in Beijing, China. He has previously been the itinerant rabbi in such far-flung locales as Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Vienna, Austria.
- Jews in Theory: A Snapshot of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945
- Hi Ho* at the Houhai** – Rabbi-ing for Beijing’s Ex-Pat Jewish Community *Hi Ho – shorthand for High Holidays **Houhai – pronounced ‘hoe hi’ – a lake in central Beijing
John M. Taylor 505-869-2934; email@example.com
John Taylor (M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, Stanford University) retired from Sandia National Laboratories technical and management staff after a 35-year career in various national-security-related endeavors. He is the author or co-author of three books on nineteenth century New Mexico: Bloody Valverde and The Battle of Glorieta Pass (both published by the UNM Press) and Dejad a Los Niños—a History of the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta (published by LPD Press). He has also authored the Arcadia books Catholics Along the Rio Grande and The Thacher School. Together with Dr. Richard Melzer, he has co-edited two anthologies of stories from the Rio Abajo (Murder Mystery and Mayhem in the Rio Abajo and A River Runs Through Us, both published by LPD Press). He has also written The Science of Soccer—A Bouncing Ball and a Banana Kick, a science primer for middle and high school students, published by UNM Press. In addition, he has published numerous articles in various books and journals on Civil War and Catholic history topics.
- The Civil War in New Mexico
- The Battle of Valverde
- The Battle of Glorieta Pass
- Catholicism in Central New Mexico
- The New Mexico Mystery Stone
Denise Tessier 505-259-0193; firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Tessier is a long-time New Mexico journalist who wrote for the Albuquerque Journal for three decades (1974-2005), the last eight of those years as an editorial writer and editor. Tessier covered court trials for both the Journal and the New York Times. She started writing historical pieces about district courthouses and trials in the 1990s. Author/co-author of two history books, she hopes to make a book about New Mexico’s courthouses her third. Long active as a member and newsletter editor for the East Mountain Historical Society (EMHS), she is in her third year as EMHS president.
- Spellbinding Drama Within Solemn Walls: The History of New Mexico District Courthouses and Sensational and/History-making Cases and Events (Presentation can be customized for various communities in New Mexico.)
Linda Tigges 505-670-6720; email@example.com
Linda Tigges is former land planner now doing historic research on the Spanish Colonial period. She has carried out extensive archival research on historic properties in Santa Fe and published articles for the New Mexico Historical Review and for the New Mexico Genealogical Society Journal. A recent publication is Spanish Colonial Lives, which includes 54 documents edited by her with the documents transcribed and translated by Richard Salazar. She and Richard Salazar are currently preparing a second book, Lives of Spanish Colonial Women. Having lived in Santa Fe for 32 years, she has lived in Albuquerque since 2011.
- The Holy Office of the Inquisition, the Church, and the Vecinos in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico: Sexual Witchcraft, Braided Hair, the Edict of Anathema, and other Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives of New Mexico.
- Lawsuits, Complaints and Reprimands: Words of the First Founders of New Mexico in Documents from the Spanish Colonial Archives, 1704-1774.
- “No Grass for Fifty Miles; the Trouble with the Horse Herds of the Spanish Presidio and the U.S. Dragoons and Cavalry”
- Spanish Law and Spousal Abuse in New Mexico in the Early and Mid-Eighteenth Century
- The Inquisition in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico
- Why Money is Better than Barter: Trade in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico
- The Rio Abajo in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico: An Acequia Argument in Albuquerque, and Ysidro Sanchez – A Rampaging Soldier on the Camino Real
- The Rio Abajo in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico: Alcalde Stabbed with Own Sword, Acequia Argument in Fuenclara/Tome, and Martin Hurtado and the Inquisition
- Life in the Rio Arriba in Early Eighteenth Century New Mexico: A Mother’s Plea for Return of Her Son, Assault Between Cousins, and Discovery of a Cadaver in the Santa Fe Canyon
Robert J. Torrez 505-836-9699; RobertJTorrez@msn.com
Former President, Historical Society of New Mexico and former State Historian, NM State Records Center & Archives, 1987-2000, Mr. Torrez holds an M.A. in history from New Mexico Highlands University, 1973. His articles on New Mexico history and culture have been published in True West, New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Historical Review and Tradicion Revista and other regional and national publications. His monthly column Voices from the Past since 1992 in Round the Roundhouse, the state government employees’ newspaper. A compilation of these columns was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2004 under the title UFO’s over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico History.
- Crime and Punishment During New Mexico’s ‘Wild West’ Period
- The Zorro Syndrome: The Judicial System in Spanish Colonial New Mexico
- Voices from the Past: New Mexico’s History and People as Viewed Through its Spanish, Mexican and Territorial Archives
Stephen A. Zimmer 505-948-4976; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Zimmer holds an M. A. in History from the University of New Mexico and served for 25 years as the Director of Museums at the Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM. He is presently a free- lance writer and lecturer focusing on ranch life and western art. His articles have appeared in Western Horseman, Southwest Art, New Mexico Magazine, Cowboys and Indians, Quarter Horse Journal, Scouting and others. The author of ten books, his latest, co-authored with Gene Lamm, is a photographic history of Colfax County, New Mexico.
- Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell: Compadres
- Will James: The Artist, the Writer, and the Cowboy
- The Colfax County War
Roger M. Zimmerman 505-292-5734; email@example.com
Roger Max Zimmerman was born at Rehoboth Mission east of Gallup, New Mexico. His early years were spent at Mariano Lake Trading Post. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute and enrolled at the University of Colorado where he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He taught Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado from 1959 to 1964 and at New Mexico State University from 1964 to 1979. He was then employed at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked on projects associated with the storage of nuclear waste, weapons components testing programs, and rocket systems target deployments. He retired in 2000. Roger now owns a consulting firm called Engineering Analysis, LLC. In 2013 Roger was elected President of the Albuquerque Historical Society.
- Kitchen’s Opera House, Gallup, New Mexico
- Son of an Indian Trader
- Rerouting Route 66 Through Tijeras Canyon
Become a Speaker
The Society wishes to support speakers, who are willing to deliver presentations in their areas of expertise for the public programs of the local historical societies and organizations in New Mexico. The $125 honorarium provided to the Speaker by the Historical Society of New Mexico is the sole remuneration, and is considered to be in lieu of expenses. However, the local society, at their option, may provide meals or other assistance. Speakers are expected to accommodate the scheduling needs of the local societies to the best of their ability and with due respect to their other obligations and responsibilities. Any special conditions required by the Speaker with regard to availability, travel needs or other problems should be indicated below.
If you are willing to serve on the Speakers Bureau, you must be a member of the HSNM and provide at least two references of individuals from groups to which you have most recently given a presentation or lecture.
Your application must contain the following information:
1-3 Lecture Titles:
Please send the information, along with the two references to:
HSNM Speakers Bureau
P. O. Box 1912
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1912
Organizational members of the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM) may take advantage of the Speakers Bureau. If your organization is not currently a member of the HSNM, goto Join HSNM! and send in an application with $50.00.
Steps required to obtain a speaker:
The list below contains the names, contact information and topics of the available speakers. If your group is a current organizational member of HSNM, simply contact the desired speaker directly and make all arrangements with that individual. Please be sure to discuss the speaker’s audiovisual needs. After the speaker completes the presentation, fill out a copy of the Completion Form and mail it to HSNM. The Historical Society will pay an honorarium of $125 to the speaker. All speakers have agreed in advance to accept this honorarium as sole remuneration. However, the organization may provide meals or other assistance, as it wishes.
Organizational members are allowed up to two speakers per year. Please recognize HSNM’s support in your publicity and during the program. For more information, contact Janet Saiers.