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Ram贸n Ort铆z and Mesilla’s Beginnings

You know how sometimes you鈥檙e looking for one thing, but you end up finding something聽else?聽It鈥檚 usually that way when I鈥檓 looking for batteries around my house. When I鈥檓 looking for the AAs, I find the 9 volts. When I need a 9 volt, I only find the AAAs. But on some rare occasions you find…
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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聽will not聽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.聽Over the years,聽the ASC has聽produced some spectacular calendars. We have shared…
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Newly Processed: The Donald D. Stern papers

Although we all are living through challenging and trying times during the pandemic, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is still receiving collections to add to our archival holdings in order to capture history and ultimately make available to the public. Earlier this summer, Dennis Daily, the ASC department head, received the papers of the…
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Maude McFie Bloom Manuscripts Added to ASC

One of the treasured and often-cited sources on the early history of our region is the thesis written by Maude Elizabeth McFie to obtain her bachelor of science degree, in 1903, from the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NMSU). In writing her thesis, 鈥淎 History of the Mesilla Valley,鈥 Maude McFie…
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J. Paul Taylor: Educator, Civic Leader and Politician

On August 24, 2020, J. Paul Taylor celebrated his 100th birthday. Due to the current health crisis, an in-person celebration was not held as in the past. Instead, a virtual centennial celebration was held to honor Mr. Taylor, where family and friends sent digital birthday greetings and recollections. For those not familiar with J. Paul…
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Loretto Academy: Once-Thriving Catholic School in the Heart of Las Cruces

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has many interesting historical collections, but the Loretto Academy holding is a gem that catches people鈥檚 attention whenever we have a public display of our archival holdings. A woman attending the 2019 Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG) Border Archives Bazaar, held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage…
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Extraordinary Women: Advocacy, Activism, and Sisterhood

This year聽marks聽the聽100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment聽to聽the U.S. Constitution,聽giving women the right to vote. Various events were in the making to honor such a monumental time in American history,聽but due to the current pandemic, many events have been put on hold or canceled due to limits on social gatherings. At the local…
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Pioneer Jewish Family: Louis E. and Carmen K. Freudenthal

May is Jewish American Heritage Month and the Rio Grande Historical Collections Unit (RGHC) would like to highlight the Louis E. and Carmen K. Freudenthal family papers. The Freudenthal family settled in the Mesilla Valley long before New Mexico became a state. The papers primarily document Louis and Carmen Freudenthal and the bulk of the…
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Herbert Bartlett Holt: Prominent Southwest Lawyer

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC), recently acquired additional letters to add to the existing Herbert B. Holt papers (Ms0061). These papers provide a glimpse of life in the Mesilla Valley during late 1890s into the early 1900s. Herbert Holt was a prominent lawyer in the Mesilla Valley and practiced law in the early 1900s…
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Pioneer Families of the Mesilla Valley – Armijo and Gallagher Family Papers

Chances are if you are from the Las Cruces area or have visited the City of Crosses, you most likely have driven past the Armijo residence or perhaps have visited the home when it was once was a bank. The historic Armijo residence is located on Lohman Avenue and the south end of Church Street….
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