Paper trails to you

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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.

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