Doņa Ana County Historical Society
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Encourage and preserve the historical and
cultural heritage of Southern New Mexico
|In 1963 the Doņa Ana Historical Society was formed to preserve the Fort Selden adobe ruins. The goals were "to encourage in every way possible a greater appreciation of New Mexico history, especially that of Doņa Ana County." Since that time, our members have worked on many projects and activities to build awareness of the historical significance of Doņa Ana County.|
|Our monthly newsletter keeps everyone informed of up coming programs and activities related to historical events, personalities, and topics.|
|At the annual Awards Banquet, the Society recognizes individuals who make historical contributions to Doņa Ana County, historically significant structures, new structures conforming to regional architectural standards.|
|Other activities include field trips to historical sites; sponsoring historical symposia and symposia papers; and publishing the annual Southern New Mexico Historical Review. For information about submissions to the Review check here|
|We also support and participate with other historical institutions and activities in New Mexico. We work to establish collections that help preserve historical documents and artifacts. We are active in sponsoring and supporting the preservation of historical buildings and in promoting research and education.|
|The Doņa Ana County Historical Society, at its regular meeting on November 15, 2007, announced the availability of two scholarships and a research grant. The awards will be available annually beginning in January 2008. A $1,200 scholarship available to a history student in the Department of History at NMSU will be funded from general revenue until such time as interest from a newly-established DACHS Endowment Fund will provide sufficient funds. This scholarship is named "The Mary and J. Paul Taylor Scholarship" in recognition of contributions made by the Taylor family to the historical records and cultural enhancement of Doņa Ana County. See for information Scholarship and Endowment page.
Members of the Society and others in the community are encouraged to make tax-deductible contributions to the DACHS Endowment Fund through cash donations, memorials, or provisions for an estate distribution. Checks should be made payable to "DACHS Endowment Fund," and sent to DACHS, P.O.Box 16045, Las Cruces, NM 88004.
The second scholarship in the amount of $250 is available to a graduating high school senior who participates in the New Mexico State National History Day competition and who continues his or her education at one of New Mexico's colleges or universities. See for information Scholarship and Endowment page.
DACHS provides a $500 Research Grant available to professional, amateur, independent, or student researchers who are involved in research about the history, archeology, anthropology, or ethnohistory of Doņa Ana County.
It is to encourage and promote a greater appreciation and knowledge of the historical and cultural heritage of Southern New Mexico. One of our major goals is to promote the establishment of a museum to house the many historically significant artifacts which are now scattered in various repositories around the county.
|Join us as we continue our goal of preserving the history of Doņa Ana County. Your reward will be increased knowledge and satisfaction of a job well done that you will be proud of passing on to your children. You will also receive a copy of the Southern New Mexico Historical Review. See below for a link to a printable membership form.|
|We keep in mind the significance of what famous author of "Roots" Alex Haley once said: "Every time an old person dies, a library burns down"|
|Meetings are held at Good Samaritan Village in the Stucky Auditorium downstairs in the main activities building at 7 PM unless otherwise specified.|
|Jan 25 2014||Luncheon 12:00 noon||Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla|
|Feb 21||Dan Aranda and Emilio||"Jornada del Muerto"|
|Tapia and Mary Kay Shannon|
|Mar 21||David Soules||"A Virtual Tour of the Proposed Organ Mountains-|
|Desert Peaks national monument.|
|April 18||Bill Cavaliere||The Early Settlers A Colorful Past|
|May 16||David Soules||More of his Virtual Tour; Petroglyphs & Pictographs,|
|Caves, Historic Ranches, Billy the Kid's Hideout|
|June - August||No Regular Programs|
|Sept 19||Dr. Jon Hunner||Doing Public History at NMSU.|
|and Dr. Peter A. Kopp|
|Oct 1||Jim Eckles||The Golden Years of White Sands|
|Nov 21||Bill Cavaliere||"The Two Surrenders of Geronimo"|
|To the Newsletter links page|
|"2011 Southwest Historical Review" ~ The annual publication from our society Read it here|
|"2012 Southwest Historical Review" ~ The annual publication from our society Read it here|
|"2013 Southwest Historical Review" ~ The annual publication from our society Read it here|
|"Sagebrush and Sand Dunes" compiled by Dr Rick Hendricks and Martha Andrews Shipman ~ an anthology of southern New Mexico history commemorating New Mexico's centennial celebration, containing historical reminiscences, biographies, oral histories and academic articles about southern New Mexico. Check it out on Amazon Sagebrush and Sand Dunes|
|"Early Days: First 150 Years of Las Cruces" ~ The golden days of yesteryear coming alive on a DVD of essential images of a photo story of Las Cruces. Created by Felix Pfaeffle and narrated by Oren Hayes with images primarily from the Rio Grande Historical Collection at the NMSU Library and Archives. Available from the historical society at the above address for $15.|
|"Las Cruces, New Mexico: Multicultural Crossroads" by Gordon Owen ~ an updated version of this popular book is now available.|
|See DACHS Publications page for these and other Society publications|
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