23 October 2012

November 2012 NMGS Program

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Library
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the corner of Central and Edith)

Saturday, November 17, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library
The New Mexico Genealogical Society

Richard Melzer

Delay after Delay and Finally,
Statehood at Last!

New Mexico's statehood was delayed for many reasons in the territorial period, 1850-1912 and this presentation will focus on five of the main reasons for the frustrating delay. Political cartoons from the last decade of the struggle will help illustrate New Mexico's troubles in Washington and in the court of public opinion. The presentation will end with a discussion of how these five main obstacles were overcome by 1910, thus allowing New Mexico to finally achieve statehood in 1912.
Richard Melzer is a professor at the University of New Mexico Valencia campus and is the author or editor of numerous books and literally hundreds of articles on New Mexico history.  His most recent works are:  New Mexico – Celebrating the Land of Enchantment, History of New Mexico Since Statehood, and Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past.  We are grateful to Richard for agreeing to wrap up this series of programs celebrating the Centennial.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at www.nmgs.org.

This program is free and open to the public.