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Events for the Month of July 2014

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July 10, 2014
Culture Series: Francisco Bojorquez: The Cowboy Sheriff of Sierra County
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Karl Laumbach will present a lecture on July 10 on the life and times of Francisco Bojorquez, an early day hero of Sierra County and one of New Mexico’s greatest cowboys.

Francisco Bojorquez is a fading legend in the memories of old timers in Sierra County. Born in California, the son of Spanish émigrés, Bojorquez was raised in Sonora where he learned the skills of a vaquero. Arriving in Sierra County in the 1880s, he rapidly established himself as a top hand on local ranches and in regional “cowboy contests” where he pitted his roping and riding skills against the best cowboys in the southwest.

The respect that made him the wagon boss on large ranches employing Texas cowboys also propelled him into political office as county commissioner, state representative and finally, county sheriff. Known for his firm hand and equally gentle nature, Francisco Bojorquez left his mark. A corrido (ballad) celebrating his life states that “Porque aqui havia Baqueros, De lo bueno a lo major” (Because here we have cowboys, of the good, he was the best”.

For the last 25 years, Laumbach has collected stories and photographs of Bojorquez and his life and times. This presentation will present Bojorquez’ story as developed from archival research and interviews with friends and family.

Laumbach has pursued an archaeological career in southern New Mexico since 1974. A graduate of New Mexico State University, he spent nine years directing projects for the NMSU contract archaeology program before joining Human Systems Research, Inc. (HSR) in 1983. After serving as Executive Director of the organization for 10 years, he now serves as Associate Director and is Principal Investigator for wide variety of projects. His research interests are varied, including land grant research in his native northeastern New Mexico, the pueblo archaeology of southern New Mexico, and the history and archaeology of the Apache.

Admission to this presentation is a suggested donation of $2.

July 20, 2014
Ice Cream Sunday
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
America’s favorite summer treat -- ice cream -- is the star of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s most popular event of the summer.

The 11th-annual Ice Cream Sunday is set for 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 5 to 17.

The event’s first 600 paid visitors will receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard, which will be served at the museum throughout the afternoon.

The popular annual ice cream sandwich eating contest and race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., with registration beginning at 12 p.m. The age categories for the contest are: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, and 18-and-over. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Museum visitors may make their own ice cream by rolling tin cans and there will be dairy demonstrations and videos in the theater. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., visitors can time travel back to 1942 where they can interact with our living history characters. Children’s activities will take place throughout the afternoon.

Aside from Caliche’s Frozen Custard, sponsors include the Southwest Dairy Farmers GH Dairy and Kohl’s of Las Cruces.

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100.

Exhibitions On Display in July 2014

Cowboys: The Real Deal

June 26, 2014 through July 5, 2015
“Cowboys: The Real Deal,” is on display in the museum's Legacy and Traditions galleries through July 5, 2015. For almost three centuries, beginning with the arrival of the Spanish in the region, those w. . .

Peter Goodman: Changing Landscapes

April 21, 2014 through August 3, 2014
Peter Goodman’s photographic images celebrate the Southwest: Its natural beauty, and its vast, rough landscape. His creations also pay tribute to ranching, an important but endangered aspect of our culture. . .

The Cowboy Way: Drawings by Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt

On long-term display
The first artwork ever to be displayed at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum belonged to Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt. Fifteen years after he graciously loaned some of his lithographs for a temporary . . .

The Color of Pie Town

October 8, 2013 through October 19, 2014
Thirty-seven of Russell Lee’s iconic color photographs of Pie Town, N.M. are on display in the Museum’s North Hallway. The “Color of Pie Town” exhibit will continue through Oct. 19, 2014. The images in . . .

Slim Green: Master Saddle Maker

On long-term display
The Museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn is the site of a new, long-term exhibit celebrating the art of saddle making. The exhibit features the recreated workshop of the late, legendary saddle maker Slim Green,. . .

Historic Green Bridge

On long-term display
Formerly known as the Pecos River Bridge and the Rio Hondo Bridge, New Mexico's second-oldest highway bridge is the Museum's newest exciting structure. Built as part of a three-span bridge across the . . .

Farm Life in New Mexico: Then & Now

On long-term display
Located in the Main Gallery, this beautiful new exhibit features four major sections: "Moving Around," "On the Farm," "Home Sweet Home," and "Going to Town." This extensive exhibit is packed full of intere. . .

Inside Story of the Roadside View

On long-term display
This exhibit focuses on contemporary agriculture in the Mesilla Valley. It provides a detailed look at irrigation, dairies, ranching and many of the crops that highway drivers see up and down the valley, s. . .

Skaggs Dairy Barn

On long-term display
A fixture at the Museum since it opened, the Skaggs Dairy Barn features exhibits that trace New Mexico's unique and long history of dairy production. Milking demonstrations are Monday through Saturday at 1. . .


On long-term display
The Museum's first permanent exhibit takes visitors on an odyssey through 150 generations over 4,000 years of agriculture in New Mexico. The exhibit uses the biographies of 33 people from New Mexico's hist. . .

Witte Cabin

On long-term display
Built in the early 1920s, the "cabin" was intended for use as a garage for Marcus Witte's Model A. However, it soon became the blacksmith shop for the Witte ranch. The Museum relocated the historic str. . .

Peter Hurd's charcoal studies

On long-term display
In order to create a large work, like a mural or fresco on a wall, artists must plan and prepare. This is can be achieved through charcoal studies that work out compositional elements for the final versio. . .

Antique Equipment Park

On long-term display
Dozens of farm implements line the pathways through this outdoor exhibit. The park includes threshing machines, hay rakes, cultivators, planters, and many other horse-drawn and tractor-pulled equipment. . . .

Watering Place

On long-term display
This unique sculpture by artist Armando Alvarez is dedicated to New Mexico agriculturalists. The sculpture is shaped like a water tank. The cut-out figures were inspired by photographs of New Mexico farm a. . .

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