County Historical Society
|Las Cruces, New Mexico
|Committed to encouraging and
promoting a greater appreciation and knowledge of the
historical and cultural heritage of Southern New Mexico
|Calendar Of Events /
Meetings are held at the Las Cruces Good Samaritan Village in the Stucky Auditorium downstairs in the main activites building, 3011 Buena Vida Cir., at 7 p.m. unless otherwise specified. Monthly programs are free and open to the public. With our October 2021 presentation, we resume in-person lectures at Good Samaritan. The programs also will be available virtually through the Zoom platform. DACHS Members will receive an email each month with the Zoom invitation to attend. Non-members can email the historical society at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an electronic invitation.
|Jan 28, 2021
||Annual Awards Event||Because of the
Covid-19 pandemic, the awards event will be done virtually
via Zoom at 7 p.m. Members will receive the Zoom invitation
by email. Non-members can request the link to the Zoom
meeting by emailing DACHS at email@example.com Check
the January newsletter for a list of awardees.
|Feb 18, 7 p.m.
||The History of Wildlife on
White Sands Missile Range. Included in his
presentation, he will talk about why there are thousands of
African antelope (Oryx) roaming the range; what happened to
the horse herd; the fall and rise of desert bighorn sheep;
the 10-year mountain lion study that was based at WSMR;
protecting pupfish; and where have all the deer gone.
||The Spanish Flu
Pandemic in New Mexico 1918-1920 by Rick Hendricks, former
NM state historian and now State Records Administrator.
Deaths from Spanish Flu worldwide are estimated at 50 to 100
million. It was a disease that could kill a hardy
young man in less than 24 hours. Some NM communities were
successful in mitigating the disease while the state did not
have a department of health yet. This will be another
||Dr. DuBois who will speak about New Mexico's drought cycles and our climate for the past 125 years - and what we might expect in the future. David is the State Climatologist for New Mexico, This will be another Zoom presentation. Non-members can request the link to the Zoom meeting by emailing DACHS at firstname.lastname@example.org|
||Blackdom and the Afro-Frontier. The founding of Blackdom, N.M. south of Roswell in the early 20th century - a community intended to be all black. This will be another Zoom presentation. Non-members can request the link to the Zoom meeting by emailing DACHS at email@example.com|
|Dr. Selfa Chew
||"Memory and internment:
Japanese Americans and War World II." This lecture
will discuss the imprisonment of ethnic Japanese during War
World II and the construction of a collective memory of
their internment in concentration camps. Non-members can
request the link to the Zoom meeting by emailing DACHS at
|Dylan McDonald &
|These two archivists at the New Mexico State
University Library will speak about their upcoming exhibit
at the Branigan Cultural Center -- "Place and Re-Place: Las
Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960-1975" Urban Renewal completely
remodeled downtown Las Cruces and left a bad taste in the
mouths of many people. They will show us how it happened.
With this presentation, we resume in-person lectures at Good Sam. We will also stream the presentation live on Zoom. Non--members are welcome to attend at Good Sam or can request the link to the Zoom version by emailing DACHS at firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting the invitation by email.
DACHS Vice-President and current Las Cruces Museums Administrator
|Garland will share his findings and provide photographs and details about the First Aero Squadron, the oldest U.S. military flying unit, formed March 5, 1913. It supported General John J. Pershing's punitive expedition into Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. This will continue our in-person lectures at Good Sam. We will also stream the presentation live on Zoom. Non--members are welcome to attend at Good Sam or can request the link to the Zoom version by emailing DACHS at email@example.com and requesting the invitation by email.|
MONTHLY DACHS PRESENTATIONS
|Our History and Mission
||How we started in 1963 and what we do.
||Membership options. Print a PDF form,
fill it out by hand and mail it with your check or bring
to a monthly program. OR you can use our
link to PayPal and pay now with your credit card.
|You can use this "donate"
button to go to PayPal and make a donation to the DACHS in
any amount you want. You can pay with your PayPal account or
your personal credit card. If you would like to target your
donation to something other than the general fund (like the
Picacho Cemetery clean-up), there is a space to "leave a
note" at the top of the page right after you fill in the
amount you wish to give. Thank you for your support.
||Newsletters as PDFs going back to 2006.
|Southern New Mexico Historical
||Annual collection of
articles covering the history of Southern New Mexico. The
Review as PDFs
going back to 1994.
|Awards Luncheon Program
||An event program is printed
for the annual luncheon. The luncheon programs as
PDFs going back to 2013.
|Scholarships / Grants
has a fund to help support area history researchers. An
application form is available for the different grants and /
||A variety of
publications the DACHS may still have available.
GO HERE for a suggested reading list covering Southern New Mexico's rich history -- from conquistadors to V-2 rockets.
|Award Categories & Forms
has numerous awards that are available for places and people
each year. Some have small cash awards associated with them.
To see all Past Awards, GO
|Who We Are
||The board of directors and
|How To Contact Us
||Addresses for snail mail and
||Links to other
resources and postings of materials by the Dona Ana County
||See what we've
been up to