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Celebrating Statehood

Second Saturday at Casa San Ysidro celebrates New Mexico's statehood in 1912


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Jul 13, 2019
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Casa San Ysidro
973 Old Church Road
Corrales, NM 87048


Second Saturdays at Casa San Ysidro are free events that explore themes of community, creativity, tradition and innovation. Events include talks, demonstrations and hands-on experiences as well as self-guided tours of the property.

The territory of New Mexico was ceded to the United States in 1848 and gained statehood in 1912. Lea County Museum Director Jim Harris will examine the collisions between New Mexicans seeking to control their destiny and the politicians opposing them.

New Mexico was ceded to the United States in 1848, at the end of the Mexican American War, however it wasn’t until 1912 that President William Howard Taft signed the proclamation that promoted New Mexico from territory to state. Why did New Mexico’s push for statehood last sixty-four years? Join us on Saturday July, 13th from 1:00 – 4:00 as Lea County Museum Director, Jim Harris, and New Mexico history buff George Garcia examine the territory’s political, economic, and social development before statehood. Celebrating Statehood also will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of Casa San Ysidro’s artifacts from the early twentieth century when the territory of New Spain became the state of New Mexico.

The county seat of Lea, Lovington became a town in 1908 and a county of New Mexico in 1917. Settlers from east of the Texas line made their way into the territory to homestead on the western edges of the Llano Estacado.  Jim Harris will discuss how statehood and the oil boom dramatically changed the economics and demographics of New Mexico’s southeastern region; a process that transformed the imaginary line dividing Texas and New Mexico into a recognized political border.

George C. Garcia is a native New Mexican, U.S. veteran, and historian in the Santa Fe Presidio soldiers' role within the American Revolution. Garcia's great grandfather, Vicente Garcia de Noriega, was born in Corrales in 1757 and served in the Spanish Military of Colonial New Spain. George specializes in the little-known lore of Spanish contributions to the American Revolution. Garcia, whose own ancestor was a Presidio soldier in the territory of New Spain, will discuss his family’s legacy and how the citizens of the territory, no matter their financial circumstances, donated money for the rebel cause.


Celebrating Statehood

Lea County Museum Director Jim Harris


Aaron Gardner