This wonderful lunchtime lecture series features experts on the Santa Fe Trail, women of the West and more
Experts on the Santa Fe Trail, women of the West, Clyde Tingley, “St. Kate’s” and the Manhattan Project will deliver lectures in the first half of the 2013 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. The annual series, organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, is free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.
Mark your calendars.
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Allan Wheeler on “The Life of William Becknell, Founder of the Santa Fe Trail: A First-Person Presentation.” Wheeler, of Santa Fe, is a Chautauqua performer for the New Mexico Humanities Council and a national director of the Santa Fe Trail Association, a group that works with the National Park Service to preserve, protect and publicize the trail.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: VanAnn Moore on “Westward Ho! The Lives and Diaries of the Women Going West.” Moore, of Los Lunas, is a singer and actress who recreates historical characters ranging from Jenny Lind to Baby Doe Tabor, Lillie Langtree, Sara Bernhardt, and Doña Tules.
Wednesday, March 13: Joy Sperling on “Women’s Visual Narratives of New Mexico between the World Wars.” Sperling, an art history professor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, had a 2012 writer’s residency at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos.
Wednesday, April 17: Lucinda Sachs on “Clyde Tingley’s New Deal for New Mexico.” Sachs, an Albuquerque writer and historian, is finishing a 2013 Sunstone Press book about Tingley. She has also written a novel, "Believe in the Wind," plus two award-winning short stories.
Wednesday, May 15: Anna Cabrera on “Becoming St. Kate: St. Catherine Indian School and St. Katharine Drexel.” Cabrera is a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
Wednesday, June 19: Toni Gibson and Sharon Snyder on “The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos: An Eyewitness Perspective.” Gibson, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., is the author of "Los Alamos: 1944-1947" (Arcadia, 2005), and, with Snyder, co-author of "Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau" (Arcadia, 2011). Snyder, of Rio Rancho, also wrote "At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church" (Los Alamos Historical Society, 2011).
The Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series is generously supported by the Herzstein Family Endowment Fund and the Plaza Café.