Paper trails to you
More than 100 rare colonial letters, maps, and illustrations — many of them never before shown outside of Spain — are coming to Santa Fe as part of a new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum. The bilingual exhibit, The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria), showcases the impact of Spanish colonists, explorers, friars, and diplomats on American history. Highlights of the collection from the General Archives of the Indies in Seville include a 1598 drawing of a buffalo that introduced Europeans to the wide-ranging North American animal, Pedro de Peralta’s order to establish Santa Fe, and various papers documenting Spain’s aid to the U.S. during the Revolutionary War.
The exhibit opens Sunday, Oct. 17, and features a 1:30 p.m. lecture by professor Luis Laorden on the mapping of the Camino Real, or royal road, between Mexico City and Santa Fe. Refreshments are served during a 3 to 5 p.m. reception in the museum’s Frost Foundation Gathering Space. Entry to the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 9, 2011, is by museum admission (free for New Mexico residents on Sunday). The New Mexico History Museum is at 113 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 476-5200.