January 29, 2024
Yucca Room at the State Library
1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507
and Microsoft Teams

10:00 AM

The mission of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Board is to provide leadership to the Museum to preserve, collect, study, and display materials representative of the farming and ranching of the state and region and to develop and maintain exhibits and programs of an educational nature.

  1. Quorum/Call to Order/Introductions – Bob Mayberry
  2. Action: Approval of January 29, 2024, Agenda – Board
  3. Action: Approval of Minutes from November 16, 2023, Meeting – Board
  4. Chairman’s Report – Bob Mayberry
  5. DCA Secretary’s Comments – Debra Garcia y Griego or Designee
  6. 6. Friends of the NMFRHM Report – President Steve Loring or Friends Designee
  7. Museum Director’s Report – Heather Reed

            a). Finance/Budget

            b). Collections Report

            c). Action: Vote on items accepted for Museum’s Collections – Board

            d). Exhibits Update

            e). South 20 Acre Property Update

            f). Education/Events Update                         

  1. Old Business

a). Discussion on the Museum collections accession procedures

b). Action: Vote on collections accession procedure – Board

c). Committee report on BLM property possible acquisition – Anthony Parra, Jim Berlier, Jerry Schickedanz

d). Action: Vote on BLM property – Board

e). Catering options for the future RFP proposal – Matt Conrad, Shacey Sullivan, Heather Reed

f). Action: Vote on catering options for future RFP proposal – Board

g). Discussion on New Mexico State University (NMSU) Lease with NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Renewal

  1. New Business
  2. a) Discussion of Annual Open Meetings Resolution
  3. b) Action: Approval of Open Annual Meetings Resolution of the Board of the NMF&RH Museum

c). Discussion on amendment to update the Board By-Laws

d). Appoint committee members for annual Director review

  1. Confirmation of 2024 Board Meeting Dates – Board
  2. Adjournment – Board
  • The Commission may enter closed session, pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1(H) of the Open Meetings Act. The closure shall be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the Commission; the authority for the closure and the subject to be discussed shall be stated with reasonable specificity in the motion calling for the vote on a closed session; the vote shall be taken in an open meeting; and the vote of each individual member shall be recorded in the minutes. Closed session is limited to only those matters identified in the motion by the Commission.


  • Except for emergency matters, the Board cannot take action on new business that is not on the posted agenda. New business requiring action will be added to the agenda for the next meeting of the Board.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service in order to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact Craig Massey at (575) 522-4100 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats.  Please contact Craig Massey (575) 522-4100 if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed.

Collection Report

Recently Accessioned Donations:

  • 012: Institutional History photos
  • 014: Small quilt from Sara Orton
  • 016: Resource Room books from Donna Wojcik
  • 017: “Poems of the Range” from Carrie Brewer
  • 018: Institution History objects (Flag, brand impression, stamp)
  • 019: “Hay and Feed” sign from Stefan Kosicki
  • 020: “Blessing of the Fields” oil painting from Carlitta Harvey
  • 021: Corina Amador’s wedding dress from Buddy Ritter
  • 022: Bison head mount from Barbara Coston
  • 023: Amador coaches from Buddy Ritter

 Purchases Using Programmatics Funds:

  • 025: Books for the Resource Room
    • New Mexico Wine – An enchanting history by Donna Blake Birchell
    • Wines of Enchantment – A guide to finding and enjoying the wines of New Mexico

Pending Accessions:

  • Squeeze chute from Mark Cox (Approved August 2023)
  • Cap gun collection from Jerry Schickedanz (Approved August 2023)
  • Grease box from DAR (Approved November 2023)
  • 1946 J.I. Case VAI tractor with Lundahl hay stacker from Nicole King (Approved November 2023)

 Recommended for Accession by Collections Committee:

  • Squaw Dress made by Elsie Britt in the early 1950s; Opera bags belonging to Carmen Freudenthal
  • American Beauty soldering iron with stand and solder, ca. 1930; Hand drill auger called a “Brace” Stanley Pat 1880524 and Pat 1915245 (stamped on the chuck); Drill Bits made by Russell Jennings set of twist drill in oak box 1892. Used in Montana.
  • Awards given to Robert Shufelt (15 plaques, 1 trophy, 3 framed pieces)
  • WearEver aluminum double fry pan, used in New Mexico in the early 20th century

 Donation Offers Declined by Collections Committee:

  • Vintage clothing with no clear connection to New Mexico
  • Story & Clark pump organ ca.1890 found and repaired in Michigan by the owner’s father
  • Collection of early 20th century tools used in Montana that duplicated pieces already in the Museum’s collection
  • Quilt made by a prominent local quilter on a New England farm theme
  • Mystery cast iron object from a farm in Iowa
  • Tarahumara ladder – lost contact with owner, no longer available
  • Oliver 80 Row Crop Tractor – owner changed his mind and is donating it instead to a new local museum
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