El Camino Real International Heritage Center, a six-year-old state monument sandwiched between Socorro and T or C, is turning back the clock a few years—OK, like 150—to get a glimpse of the early years. Saturday's Centennial Kickoff commemorates New Mexico's 100th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in New Mexico. From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the monument gets all living history on us as Civil War re-enactors demonstrate what life might have been like during the bloodiest battle on American soil, including a staging of the Battle of Canada Alamosa. Admission is $5, free for children 16-and-under and U.S. military veterans. For more, call the center at (575) 854-3600 or visit elcaminoreal.org.
new mexico centennial
V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Music to Your Ears
Though Santa Fe de Nuevo México became a territory of the United States in 1850, six decades passed before it was finally anointed 47th state. Despite ongoing union-joining efforts on the part of the citizenry, the lapse was due to federal government reluctance—the inhabitants here were seen as uncivilized and just not quite Anglo enough—but in 1912 the state was judged adequately assimilated. This January, New Mexico observed its statehood centennial, and fiestas will continue throughout the year. One of the biggest will be effervescing in Downtown Albuquerque this weekend.