County Historical Society
|Las Cruces, New Mexico
|Committed to encouraging and
promoting a greater appreciation and knowledge of the
historical and cultural heritage of Southern New Mexico
|Calendar Of Events /
Meetings are held at the Las Cruces Good Samaritan Village in the Stucky Auditorium downstairs in the main activites building, 3011 Buena Vida Cir., at 7 p.m. unless otherwise specified. Monthly programs are free and open to the public. With our October 2021 presentation, we resume in-person lectures at Good Samaritan. The programs also will be available virtually through the Zoom platform. DACHS Members will receive an email each month with the Zoom invitation to attend. Non-members can email the historical society at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an electronic invitation.
||Annual Awards Event||Initially we
were going to return to an in-person banquet but the Covid
surge has changed the minds of most on the board. Instead,
the board will distribute the awards, take photos and
compile everything into a video presentation that will be
recorded and then posted at the end of January on our
YouTube Channel and our FaceBook page. The awards this
**Old Timers Award to be given to recognize the boundary markers between Mexico and the United States in Doņa Ana County;
**Historically Significant Building Worthy of Preservation to be given to the original St. James Episcopal Church, now the parish hall, completed in 1901;
**Hall of Fame Award to David Soules;
**Heritage Award to Evan Davies;
**Pasajero Del Camino Real Award to David Thomas for "The Trial of Billy the Kid;"
**Gemoets Prize for Outstanding Article in the 2022 Review to Dylan McDonald.
Wallace will talk about the Bellamah housing phenomenon here
in Las Cruces and elsewhere during the 1950s and 60s.
Dale Bellamah went from a small builder in Albuquerque to
one of the largest developers in the world during the 50s.
||The history of
early aviation in Las Cruces. Jennifer was responsible for
the aviation exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center. Still
a hybrid presentation with an audience in the auditorium at
Good Sam and people viewing via Zoom.
"The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro ~ A Living Historic
Cultural Landmark." This will be a hybrid presentation with
an audience in the auditorium at Good Sam and people viewing
||Dan Robert Crow & friends
||Singer/songwriter Dan Crow presents "SING THE
LEGEND -- When the legend becomes fact, print (sing) the
legend." He will perform original compositions dealing with
the lives of and lies about Billy the Kid, The Fountain
Murder Mystery, Boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, Stagecoach Mary
Fields, Pat Garrett and more. He says it is a "musical
multi-media event." This is an in-person only event --
MONTHLY DACHS PRESENTATIONS
|Our History and Mission
||How we started in 1963 and what we do.
||Membership options. Print a PDF form,
fill it out by hand and mail it with your check or bring
to a monthly program. OR you can use our
link to PayPal and pay now with your credit card.
|You can use this "donate"
button to go to PayPal and make a donation to the DACHS in
any amount you want. You can pay with your PayPal account or
your personal credit card. If you would like to target your
donation to something other than the general fund (like the
Picacho Cemetery clean-up), there is a space to "leave a
note" at the top of the page right after you fill in the
amount you wish to give. Thank you for your support.
||Newsletters as PDFs going back to 2006.
|Southern New Mexico Historical
||Annual collection of
articles covering the history of Southern New Mexico. The
Review as PDFs
going back to 1994.
|Awards Luncheon Program
||An event program is printed
for the annual luncheon. The luncheon programs as
PDFs going back to 2013.
|Scholarships / Grants
has a fund to help support area history researchers. An
application form is available for the different grants and /
||A variety of
publications the DACHS may still have available.
GO HERE for a suggested reading list covering Southern New Mexico's rich history -- from conquistadors to V-2 rockets.
|Award Categories & Forms
has numerous awards that are available for places and people
each year. Some have small cash awards associated with them.
To see lists of all past awards,
|Who We Are
||The board of directors and
|How To Contact Us
||Addresses for snail mail and
||Links to other
resources and postings of materials by the Dona Ana County
||See what we've
been up to