Las Cruces Magazine

Fall/Winter 2017

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80 I NEW MEXICO Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum THERE'S PERHAPS no better place to see Old West history come to life right here in Las Cruces than at this local museum housing more than 11,000 artifacts from our state's agricultural and rural life, "ranging in size from a sewing needle to the Historic Green Bridge," says the museum's Craig Massey. The collection focuses on 1850 to 1955 implements, and includes equipment used for the care and management of livestock, wagons and carriages, and household items. Outside, visitors can wander the museum grounds taking in displays of equipment from threshing machines to horse-drawn implements and tractors. (One of their newly renovated chuck wagons just celebrated its 100th birthday!) Visitors can literally step back in time by touring a New Mexico colonial home resembling life in 1815, or discovering the arts of saddle making and blacksmithing. The museum also boasts an impressive collection of cattle, horse, and sheep brand records going back to 1899. The history curator and museum staff helps the public track down an ancestor's brand or trace the history or status of a family brand. On the artistic side, the museum exhibits renowned New Mexico artists Peter Hurd's charcoal studies of rural farming and ranching subjects that contributed to a 1952 fresco, "The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare For It." Other western artists are also featured in long term and temporary exhibitions. At the museum's annual Cowboy Days celebration in March, the Old West vibe is at its peak with cowboy singers, a 19th-century fashion show, gun fight reenactments, and a demonstration from the Borderland Pistoleros Mounted Shooting group. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum 4100 Dripping Springs Road HOMEGROWN: A NEW MEXICO FOOD SHOW & GIFT MARKET NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017 ANTIQUE TREASURES DAY JANUARY 21, 2018 COWBOY DAYS MARCH 3-4, 2018 BLESSING OF THE FIELDS MAY 15, 2018 SAVE THE DATE Photography by Dawn Santiago

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