Convention Program

Las Cruces Hilton

Las Cruces, New Mexico

April 11-13, 2002

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Convention Sponsors

THURSDAY, April 11

2:00 p.m. - Historical Society of New Mexico Board Meeting.

3:00 p.m.--7:30 p.m - Registration.
Location: Lobby.

Booksellers set up.
Location: Tularosa Room.

[Dinner on your own]

7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Oscar Martínez, "The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: From Alienation to Integration."
Location: Ballroom.

8:30 p.m.--10:00 p.m. Dessert Reception co-hosted by the Doña Ana County Historical Society.

Entertainment committee

FRIDAY, April 12

8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. - Registration. Location: Lobby.

Book Displays. Location: Tularosa Room.

8:30 a.m.--9:45 a.m.

Session lA: Spanish Borderlands.
Location: Ballroom.

Chair: Sandra Mathews-Lamb.

Session 1B: Multicultural Experiences.
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: Michael Amundson

Session 1C: Silver and Copper Mining in Arizona and Other Portions of Doña Aña County, NM, 1848 to 1864.
Location: San Rafael B.

Chair: Homer Milford.

Session 1D: Women's History Sites: The Other Half of the American Story.
Location: Cimarron.

Chair: Lou Ann Shurbet.

Session 1E: Albert Braun, O.F.M.: Last of the Frontier Priests.
Location: Los Padres.

Chair: Richard Melzer.

10:15 a.m.--11:30 a.m.

Session 2A: Arizona and New Mexico in the Civil War.
Location: Ballroom.

Chair: John P. Wilson.

Session 2B: Legal Issues and Civil Rights.
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: Gordon Dudley.

Session 2C: Ruby, Arizona: From Four-Star Mining Camp to Ghost Town.
Location: San Rafael B.

Chair: Mary Noon Kasulaitis.

Session 2D: Southwestern Women.
Location: Cimarron.

Chair: Kathleen Noon.

Session 2E: Bountiful Harvests: Farming and Society in the Salt River Valley over 2,000 Years.
Location: Los Padres.

Chair: John O. Baxter.

Noon--1:00 p.m. - Arizona Historical Society Al Merito Luncheon.
Location: Ballroom.
Open to all conference attendees.

1:30 p.m.--2:45 p.m.

Session 3A: Native Americans.
Location: Ballroom.

Chair: Marsha Weisiger.

Session 3B: History of the White Sands Proving Ground.
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: Gus Seligman.

Session 3C: Railroads.
Location: San Rafael B.

Chair: Spencer Wilson.

Session 3D: New Mexico Catholicism.
Location: Los Padres.

Chair: José Antonio Esquibel.

Session 3E: Reflections on the Bartlett-Condé Compromise and the Southern Boundary of New Mexico.
Location: Cimarron.

Chair: Andrew Wallace.

3:00 p.m.--4:15 p.m.

Session 4A: Law and Outlawry.
Location: Ballroom.

Chair: Larry D. Ball.

Session 4B: The Camino Reál de Tierra Adentro.
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: John Nieto-Phillips.

Session 4C: Plotting the Southwestern Landscape.
Location: Sam Rafael B.

Chair: Beverly Pirtle.

Session 4D: "Nature's Children": An Examination of the Reciprocal Relationship between Human Beings and Their Environment.
Location: Los Padres.

Chair: Sam Truett

Session 4E: Gadsden Purchase Country.
Location: Cimarron.

Chair: George Torok.

5:00 p.m. Book Auction.
Location: Farm and Ranch Museum.
Cash Bar.

7:00 p.m. BBQ Brisket Dinner
Location: Farm and Ranch Museum.

SATURDAY, April 13

7:00 a.m.--8:15 a.m. HSNM Breakfast/Annual Membership Meeting.
Location: Ballroom.

8:00 a.m.--noon. Registration.
Location: Lobby.

Book Displays. Location: Tularosa Room.

8:30 a.m.--9:45 a.m.

Session 5A: New Mexico's POW Camps.
Location: Ballroom.

Chair: Jane O'Cain.

Session 5B: Business and Commerce.
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: Scott Zeman.

Session 5C: New Mexico's Colonial Military.
Location: San Rafael B.

Chair: John Grassham.

Session 5D: Little Colorado Country.
Location: Los Padres.

Chair: Marshall Trimble.

10:15 a.m.--11:30 a.m.

Session 6A: Regional POW Experiences.
Location: Ballroom.

Chair: Tomas Jaehn.

Session 6B: Scenery, Souvenirs and Sightseeing: Selling Southwestern "Sizzle."
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: Robert A. Trennert.

Session 6C: The Yavapai Heritage Roundup: A Complete Inventory of Yavapai County's Historic Cache.
Location: Cimarron.

Panelists: Kathryn Reisdorfer, Yavapai College; Michael Wurtz, Sharlot Hall Museum; Cheryl Richardson, Yavapai County Library District; Mick Woodcock, Sharlot Hall Museum.

Session 6D: Statehood Centennial Celebrations: The Resources of the New Mexico State Library, Archives and Records Center.
Location: Los Padres.

Moderator: Jo Anne Jager, manager NMSL Southwest Collections

Panelists: Sandra Jaramillo, director SRCA Archives and Historical Services; Erica L. Garcia, grants administrator NMHRAB.

Noon--1:00 p.m. HSNM Luncheon. Location: Ballroom. Open to all conference attendees.

1:30 p.m.-- 5:00 p.m. Field Trips. See registration form. Persons not wishing to register for field trips may attend one of the following sessions.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 7A: Territorial Architecture and Historic Preservation.
Location: San Rafael A.

Chair: Reba Grandrud.

Session 7B: Ghost Towns and Trails.
Location: San Rafael B.

Chair: Carleen Lazzell.

6:00 p.m. No-host cocktails.
Location: Ballroom.

7:00 p.m. HSNM/AHC Awards Banquet.

SUNDAY, April 13

Field Trips:

Convention attendees who wish to stay over on Sunday are invited to board buses for tours of the Mesilla Valley & Fort Selden, or El Paso Missions, Museums, etc. See registration form for details.


Las Cruces Hilton, 705 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88011. $71.00 + tax, single or double. Make reservations by April 1. (505) 522-4300, or tear off form included in program. Please identify yourself as attending the New Mexico-Arizona History Convention.

For information (Arizona) call Nancy Stonehouse or Bruce Dinges at (520) 628-5774. Or, visit the AHC website:

For information (New Mexico) call John P. Bloom at (505) 382-0722. Or, visit the HSNM website: