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Timeless Caravan

Albuquerque Museum Foundation presents a lecture and book signing with former United States Ambassador to Spain Edward Romero and noted New Mexico historian Dr. Thomas E. Chávez


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Oct 05, 2019
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM


Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Join us for a lecture by former United States Ambassador to Spain Edward Romero and noted New Mexico historian Dr. Thomas E. Chávez about a story of an American odyssey shared by many families in the American Southwest. The lecture will be followed by a book signing of Timeless Caravan: The Story of a Spanish-American Family by Dr. Thomas E. Chávez. Stay for a social gathering (a cash bar will be available, together with complementary snacks) with Ambassador Romero and Dr. Chávez.  

The book will be available for purchase in Albuquerque at the Museum Store (505-242-0434).

Based on extensive research as well as on a career working for cultural institutions, historian Thomas E. Chávez has created a historical novel about the American southwest, specifically in New Mexico and Arizona, a place where Europeans settled in 1598. Here is a historical narrative about one of those families. The story begins and ends with Edward Romero who became the United States ambassador to Spain and is prototypical of the thousands of young men and some women who sought a new life in the new world and became American. These were people taking risks, accepting fate, succeeding, failing, loving, and hating. The Romero story is an American odyssey shared by any number of families in a region and whose cultural legacy is part of the heritage of the United States that only recently has come to the fore in the United States’ national consciousness. This story delineates a part of the heritage of every American and enriches an already beautiful history.

Thomas E. Chávez

Thomas E. Chávez, a historian with a PhD from the University of New Mexico, was director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years and, for three years, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has received awards from the City of Santa Fe and organizations such as the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fundación Xavier Salas in Spain, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association, and King Felipe VI of Spain. Currently a consultant, he is the author of ten previous books, including Sunstone Press’s “Chasing History: Quixotic Quests for Artifacts, Art, and Heritage” and at the time of the publication of this book is working on a catalogue of all the documents pertinent to Benjamin Franklin that exist in the archives of Spain.

Edward Romero

On April 2, 1998, President Clinton announced his intent to nominate Edward L. Romero to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain. On June 1, the President named him to serve concurrently as Ambassador to Andorra. The Senate confirmed the nomination on June 23. Ambassador Romero arrived in Madrid on June 28 and presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos on June 30, 1998. 

Edward L. Romero, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a Korean War veteran and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation that recently merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded technology company. Fluent in Spanish, Ambassador Romero has been a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Services Policy Advisory Committee and has led a number of U.S. delegations to Mexico. During the Carter administration he served on the federal advisory committee for trade negotiations and he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Helsinki Accords. In addition to his business success, Ambassador Romero is a well-known leader in the Hispanic community. He has served on the President’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, was a founding member of the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 1989, Ambassador Romero was named National Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of the Commerce. Ambassador Romero is actively engaged in a variety of civic and charitable activities. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgments from such organizations as the National Kidney Foundation, the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, the National Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ambassador Romero was born on January 2, 1934, to a family whose ancestors arrived in North America in 1598 from Spain. He studied in California at Los Angeles State College and Citrus College. SOURCE:




Maureen Ryan