ABC Library will honor Black History Month with a free special presentation by Dr. Bruce Glasrud, professor emeritus at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, and the author of several books on African American history in the Southwest.
The presentation will take place on Saturday, February 16 from 10:30 a.m. – noon in Botts Hall at the Special Collections Library.
Many are familiar with Estevanico and the journey of Marcos de Niza, and with the famous Buffalo Soldiers. But Professor Glasrud reminds us that, although their numbers were never very large, Blacks were present in the Entrada of Vasques de Coronado, the Reconquista of Vargas, and in both armies in the Civil War in New Mexico. Dr. Glasrud illuminates their overall contributions to the settlement and growth of what would become the State of New Mexico.
For nearly eight years (1996-2003), Bruce A. Glasrud was Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas. Prior to that date, Glasrud worked for more than a quarter century at California State University, East Bay. While at CSUEB, Glasrud served as Department Chair, as Associate Vice President for Research and Faculty Affairs, as Academic Senate Chair, as California Faculty Association President, as CSU Statewide Academic Senator, and on numerous other committees, boards, and positions. He has edited or authored several books on African History in the Southwest, some of which include: Black Women in Texas, Buffalo Soldiers in the West, and The African American West, which he will sign after the presentation.
The Special Collections Library is located at the corner of Central and Edith NE and houses research collections on Albuquerque history and New Mexico history and culture. The 1925 Pueblo/Spanish Revival-style building is a registered Albuquerque landmark in the historic Huning-Highlands neighborhood. As a research library, materials are available for in-house use only.
The Center for the Book is located in the Special Collections Library and is funded in part by the Friends for the Public Library. Volunteer docents lead field trips to teach about the history of writing and books, including a tour of the antique and replica printing presses.
ABC Library is part of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. ABC Library consists of 17 locations serving a diverse population with a variety of programs, events and services. In 2012, the library welcomed more than 2 million patrons and managed the circulation of more than 4 million materials.
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