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Por­tals to the past

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Re­vised edi­tion of Road­side New Mexico: A Guide to His­toric Mark­ers by David Pike; Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture’s Break­fast With the Cu­ra­tors’ fi­nal lec­ture: “Trea­sures From the Stacks,” by Al­li­son Col­borne, di­rec­tor of the Lab­o­ra­tory of An­thro­pol­ogy Li­brary at MIAC

Armed with the re­vised and ex­panded edi­tion of Road­side New Mexico: A Guide to His­toric Mark­ers by David Pike (Univer­sity of New Mexico Press, 2015), road-trip­pers travers­ing the Land of En­chant­ment can now glean greater un­der­stand­ing of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided on the hun­dreds of brown signs that dot the highways and road­sides, alert­ing passersby to his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tions and the peo­ple who lived there. The guide, orig­i­nally pub­lished in 2004, now in­cludes 100 new mark­ers, in­clud­ing “ghost mark­ers” — lo­ca­tions that bear no signs but ought to be rec­og­nized — as well as 65 new mark­ers that ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tions of women in New Mexico, an ef­fort that was spear­headed by the New Mexico His­toric Women Marker Ini­tia­tive of the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Fo­rum-New Mexico. (The ini­tia­tive’s co-founder and chair, Bev­erly Du­ran, wrote the book’s fore­word.) The mark­ers are or­ga­nized al­pha­bet­i­cally in the book — in­stead of by re­gion, as in the pre­vi­ous edi­tion — and each is noted on maps di­vided by ge­o­graphic re­gion. Each en­try in­cludes a short es­say by Pike that goes into greater de­tail about the sub­ject of the marker.

Another chance to get up close and per­sonal with New Mexico history takes place on Fri­day, Aug. 28, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the fi­nal in­stall­ment of the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts And Cul­ture’s 2015 Break­fast With the Cu­ra­tors se­ries, where Al­li­son Col­borne, di­rec­tor of the Lab­o­ra­tory of An­thro­pol­ogy Li­brary at MIAC, presents “Trea­sures From the Stack.” Par­tic­i­pants have the op­por­tu­nity to view and han­dle rare books and other ephemera from the li­brary. Among the hold­ings to be pe­rused are a fo­lio of pho­to­graphs by Ed­ward Sher­iff Curtis from The North Amer­i­can In­dian, fea­tur­ing res­i­dents of the Santa Clara Pue­blo; field and ex­pe­di­tion notes; mu­si­co­log­i­cal items; and rare ma­te­ri­als from the Syl­vanus Gris­wold Mor­ley col­lec­tion. Col­borne will de­tail the unique in­dex­ing sys­tem and other un­usual as­pects of the re­search li­brary. Ad­mis­sion is $35. To register call 505-476-2169. MIAC is at 710 Camino Lejo on Mu­seum Hill. — Jen­nifer Levin

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