Author Archives: Teddie Moreno

The Vanishing of Martin Lohman and his wife, Aminda Schaublin 

It¬†isn‚Äôt¬†easy¬†to believe that a pioneer of Las Cruces who once held several political positions, including sheriff of¬†Do√Īa Ana¬†County and¬†first¬†mayor of Las Cruces,¬†could be so¬†elusive to the¬†local¬†history books.¬†Very little¬†is written about Martin¬†Lohman¬†and even less so about wife¬†Aminda. Martin Lohman was born October 29, 1854, in St. Louis, Missouri; his parents, John F. and Elizabeth Lohman‚ÄĮimmigrated to…
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Getting to Know Teddie Moreno, Library Specialist

Getting to Know ASC Staff is a series spotlighting employees of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department.‚ÄĮ‚ÄĮ¬†¬† Background information: ¬†My background experience is¬†in¬†public library service; I worked¬†the reference desk¬†at¬†Thomas Branigan Memorial Library¬†from 1997- 2009.¬†The patrons were wonderful people of varied backgrounds and diverse opinions. I grew close to the patrons and missed them as…
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NMSU Archives Somewhat Hairy Re-Opening: Two Unique Collections

Archives and Special Collections is now open to all researchers by appointment – no NMSU ID needed!¬† Precautions such¬†as wearing masks,¬†hand washing,¬†and social distancing continue to be¬†observed.¬† Research hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (575) 646-3839 or email archives@nmsu.edu. The following video discusses¬†unique items¬†from two collections¬†in the¬†Rio Grande…
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Nelson’s Funeral Home: Telling the Stories of the Departed

The month of March is a time for spring cleaning and reflecting on items that are no longer needed. As a shameless plug for our research collections, I would like to encourage readers to think about historical documents’ value before discarding them. The following post is about a collection of funeral home records that came…
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Albert N. Johnson, Public Servant

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks¬†is¬†highlighting¬†the achievements of¬†black¬†students, faculty, and staff, as well as¬†community members who have made important¬†contributions¬†throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. One noteworthy New Mexican is former Las Cruces Mayor Albert Norris Johnson. Johnson was 49 years old when he passed away, with little warning, from Leukemia….
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Calendars and Their Passing of Time

It’s a new year and time to add a new calendar to your wall. Unfortunately, this year, you¬†will not¬†be able to purchase one from the Archives and Special Collections (ASC). Due to COVID-19, we had to take a pause from some of our usual practices.¬†Over the years,¬†the ASC has¬†produced some spectacular calendars. We have shared…
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Christmas in the Archives

As 2020 comes to an end, the staff of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) wish you a happy holiday season and a much better new year. We have appreciated the support of those who read and follow The Open Stacks blog. If you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another form of winter holiday…
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Eugene Manlove Rhodes

Eugene Manlove Rhodes¬†had movies made from the books,¬†countless articles,¬†and¬†published short stories yet¬†never rose to the financial prosperity or popularity that many western writers have. However, it can be said that he is to New Mexico as Louis¬†L’Amour is to the rest of the world, timeless. Readers of L’Amour’s¬†work understood¬†that his characters were fictional. The characters…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part II

Part Two In my last post, Herman¬†Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I,¬†I ended with Herman¬†moving his family to Organ, New Mexico. Much of my information came through an email interview with¬†Weisner‘s¬†son,¬†Craig¬†Weisner,¬†of Williamsburg, New Mexico.¬†Craig elaborated in¬†detail¬†in his responses to my¬†questions, he¬†also threw in a few bits of information that¬†stirred a desire to¬†discover…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I

Part One¬† Within the¬†Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC)¬†is the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). ¬†Researchers know that¬†these¬†primary¬†sources to Southern New Mexico history¬†are¬†boxed¬†on the metal shelves¬†on¬†the third floor. ¬†The late and great Herman Weisner¬†was not only a researcher¬†of¬†these¬†collections,¬†but he was also¬†a donor¬†to them.¬†His collection¬†(Ms0249, Herman B. Weisner papers)¬†is one of the¬†most¬†often used and cited collections we offer…
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