First person, past tense
Though explorers, settlers, and conquerors established their presence in New Mexico long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, many areas of the state remained isolated from modern life well into the 20th century, and other areas retained an Old World quality even as the culture was touched and transformed by newcomers. Since the latter half of the century, with young people leaving their small villages for opportunities elsewhere, and now that small family businesses and farms no longer thrive in the face of modernization, the “old ways” have been disappearing. Children and grandchildren of the old-timers now have great- grandchildren of their own. In an effort to preserve the memories of a nearly bygone era, Robert Wolf runs writing workshops around New Mexico for people with stories to tell. In 2006, the first batch of stories was collected in Ayer y Ahora: Stories From Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, published by Free River Press. The second collection, Mixed Beans: Stories from New Mexico, Past and Present, came out in 2011, and both volumes will be republished together in 2016 as part of a national anthology called American Portraits. Contributors from Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, and Española read from their work at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia) on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3 p. m., for a suggested donation of $5.
Another kind of history is getting lost in the communal free- for-all of Wikipedia, written and edited by users. Surveys suggest that less than 16 percent of the website’s contributors are female. This statistic skews content, as many notable women in history and art are left off the site or their contributions to culture are downplayed. A group called Art + Feminism is holding national edit-a-thons to increase women’s participation and inclusion on the site; in Santa Fe, ad- hoc editors should report to the New Mexico Museum of Art (107 Palace Ave.) on Saturday, March 5, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with their laptops. Training will be provided. For more information, visit https://en.wikipedia.orgwiki/ Wikipedia: Meetup/Santa_FeArtAndFminism_2016.