The hilo country
From the Age of Discovery to the Revolutionary War and beyond, Spain has played an important role in the development of America. Spain aided American troops against the British, and Spanish friars were among the first Europeans to make contact with the native peoples of North America.
On Sunday, Jan. 9, state historian Rick Hendricks concludes his Threads of Memory series of talks with “Tejiendo el Hilo: Weaving the Threads of History.” The lecture, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., takes place at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., 476-5200, where the exhibit The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos) has been on display since October.
The Threads of Memory exhibit, which closes with Hendricks’ lecture, features roughly 140 rare documents, maps, illustrations, and paintings from the General Archive of the Indies in Spain, ranging from a 1602 drawing of a buffalo to a portrait of George Washington. Many of the pieces have never been on display outside of Spain.
Hendricks has written or collaborated on many books and articles about the history of Spanish colonialism in the American Southwest and Mexico. He is a past president of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
The lecture is free with admission to the museum, and there is no charge for admission on Sundays for New Mexico residents.
Oct. 7, 1540 letter with coat of arms of Diego Rodríguez