The hilo coun­try

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

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

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