Portals to the past
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