The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s February Calendar

January 20, 2020 Carlos Arreola

Crafts for Kids

Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children are invited to come make a Valentine’s Day craft. Craft is free and materials will be provided, but regular Museum admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.

Reading Roundup

Feb. 9, 2 p.m. Join us for Reading Roundup in the Museum lobby. Children of all ages are welcome to listen and learn. This activity is free with regular admission ($5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-17). Children 3 and under are admitted free. 

Culture Series:Killing Pat Garrett

Feb. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman – the man who killed Billy the Kid – was himself killed on leap day, February 29, 1908, on a barren stretch of road between his home ranch and Las Cruces. 

Who killed him?

Was it murder?

Was it self-defense? 

No Garrett biographer has been able to answer these questions. All have expressed opinions. None have presented evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Here, for the first time, drawing on newly discovered information, is the definitive answer to the Wild West’s most famous unsolved killing. Award-winning author and historian David Thomas will discuss this fascinating story which is detailed in his new book, “Killing Pat Garrett: The Wild West’s Most Famous Lawman — Murder or Self-Defense?” Admission to this day-time Culture Series presentation in the Museum’s Theater is free. Garrett’s life has been extensively researched. Yet, the author was able to uncover an enormous amount of new information. He had access to over 80 letters that Garrett wrote to his wife. He discovered a multitude of new documents and details concerning Garrett’s killing, the events surrounding it, and the personal life of the man who was placed on trial for killing Garrett. 

• The true actions of “Deacon Jim” Miller, a professional killer, who was in Las Cruces the day Garrett was killed.

• The place on the now abandoned old road to Las Cruces where Garrett was killed.• Garrett’s original burial location.

• The sworn courtroom testimony of the only witness to Garrett’s killing.

• The policeman who provided the decisive evidence in the trial of the man accused of murdering Garrett.

• The location of Garrett’s Rock House and Home Ranches.

• New family details: Garrett had a four-month-old daughter the day he killed Billy the Kid. She died tragically at 15. Another daughter was blinded by a well-intended eye treatment; a son was paralyzed by childhood polio; and Pat Garrett, Jr., named after his father, lost his right leg to amputation at age 12. 

Garrett’s life was a remarkable adventure, with enormous highs. He met two U.S. presidents: William McKinley Jr. and Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt he met five times, three times in the White House. He brought the law to hardened gunmen. He oversaw hangings. His national fame was so extensive the day he died that newspapers from the East to the West Coast only had to write “Pat Garrett” for readers to know to whom they were referring. 

Basic Weaving Workshop

Feb. 12, 13, 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited in these workshops and a wait list is available for future classes. This three-day weaving workshop teaches students how to warp their looms on Wednesday and weave basic twill patterns Thursday and Saturday.  First-time weavers are welcome. The class is offered to adults and children 14 and over (accompanied by an adult). Class fee is $60 and pre-registration and payment required.  For more information contact LuAnn Kilday at 575-522-4100 or

The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show

Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This seventh-annual event is hosted by the Friends of the Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. The event is sponsored in part by Frank Parrish. The event brings together wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and educational displays on the art and science of rocks and gems. There will be geology discussions and films, as well as children’s activities, and food and beverages for sale. Admission is only $7 for everyone aged 12 and up, $4 for ages 6-11, and free for ages 5 and under, which also includes Museum entry. For more information, visit

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