Saddle Makers of the Southwest
A new exhibit inside the Museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn showcases the art of saddle making and highlights four legendary saddle makers. Saddles and saddle makers are an important part of ranching history in New Mexico and the Southwest. The saddle was the most critical tool of the cowboy; it was one of the most expensive purchases he would make, so he wanted a good, durable saddle that was specific to the work he was doing — whether it was riding the range on a cattle drive, roping and branding calves, or at the rodeo. Cowboys sought out particular saddle makers for their custom orders and based their selections on the makers’ reputations for making exactly what the cowboy needed and used.
The saddle makers featured are S.D. Myres, Slim Green, James Morris, and E.T. and Edd Amonett. The exhibit shows the process of saddle making, tools, and the finished product. It also includes a leather-stamping activity for children.
New Mexico Land Grants & Water Rights
October 11, 7 p.m.
Land grants and water rights have been an integral part of New Mexico’s history. The subject of intense debates, long and arduous discussions and disagreements, court rulings and legislation, land grant and acequia rights remain an ongoing issue in New Mexico today. This Culture Series presentation by Dr. Stefanie Beninato addresses the cultural, social, economic and political history as well as jurisprudence.
Dr. Beninato is a long-time public historian, working on projects ranging from archaeological surveys to genealogy, land use and water law. She lectures and teaches to a wide audience on tours and in classrooms.
Admission to this presentation in the Museum’s theater is free.
Basic Weaving Workshop
October 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Mesilla Valley Weaver’s Guild is partnering with the Museum and teaching a one-day basic weaving class for participants. Looms will be warped and yarn will be provided with which to weave. Participants will take home their woven piece when they finish. The class is offered to adults and children 14 and over (accompanied by an adult). Class fee is $15 and please bring a sack lunch. Space is limited to 4 and registration is required. Please contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day of the Dead Bread
October 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Just in time for Day of the Dead, the Museum’s Heritage Cooking Program features baking this festive, celebratory dessert bread in an 1890s vintage wood-burning cook stove. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join in the making of these classic loaves, which they can take home and share with friends and family. Complimentary copies of the traditional recipes also will be available, and supplies are furnished by the Museum. To participate in this program, regular paid Museum admission is required ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-17).
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM 88011
A Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs