“First Wednesday” Lecture Series

Hear stories about the amazing diversity of people and events that make up New Mexico’s history.  On the first Wednesday of each month, a leading expert shares experiences and insights about some fascinating aspect of New Mexico’s past. 


Lectures take place in the Auditorium of the New Mexico History Museum, at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.  The Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave, one-half block north of the historic Santa Fe Plaza. 

First Wednesday Lectures 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

12:00-1:00 PM

Mulattos of Cochiti:

Caste and Race in Spanish Colonial New Mexico

 Rob Martinez
 New Mexico State Historian

This presentation examines the role of racial mixing, identity, and the categorizing of humans living in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. The approach will be through the lens of the casta, or caste system. Historical research, genealogy, and DNA all converge to provide a clearer understanding of Hispano roots in New Mexico, as well as in Latino-Meso America and Hispanic Europe.

State Historian Rob Martinez is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in International Business Management, Rob went on to pursue his interest in New Mexican culture and history at UNM, earning an M.A. in Latin American history, with an emphasis on church, cultural, and social practices of the Spanish Colonial period in New Mexico. Mr. Martinez worked for fourteen years as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project, scouring civil and church archives in New Mexico, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, analyzing documents for a research and publishing project about the Crypto-Jewish phenomenon in New Mexico and the Caribbean.

For this lecture, you can participate real time either via Facebook or YouTube.  Here are the details: 

There are two links to the presentation which will be available a few days prior to the presentation: 

On the page,  click on Events found in the left-hand column.


For Youtube, go to:       https://youtu.be/Kwy_AwvRyHU

To view the presentation, just click on your link of choice shortly before the Webinar begins -- 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, June 3rd. There will be an opportunity for written questions.  Just scroll down the event page you are on and post your question.  Our speakers will address the questions following the presentation to the extent time allows. 

Old Lincoln County Courthouse

Kenneth Walter,  NM Historic Sites

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