“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. 

                Lectures for December and January

Wednesday December 2, 2020

12:00 PM

Recasting the Vote

How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement 

Cathleen D. Cahill
Associate Professor of History 
Penn State University 

Cathleen Cahill will tell the powerful stories of a multiracial group of activists who propelled the national suffrage movement toward a more inclusive vision of equal rights. Most suffrage stories are centered in the East and the Southwest as an afterthought at best. But Cahill asks what happens when we refocus the lens to center the stories in NM and the wider region? This talk reveals that suddenly our suffrage history is more diverse and more complicated than we anticipated. She will especially focus on New Mexico by exploring the important role of Spanish-speaking suffragists, the activism of African American women, and the debate over the Native American right to vote.  With suffragists of color in the foreground, Cahill will recast the suffrage movement as an unfinished struggle that extended beyond the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Cathleen D. Cahill is associate professor of history at Penn State University and the author of Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869–1933, winner of the 2011 Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award and finalist for the 2012 David J. Weber-Clements Prize, Western History Association.

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A live Question & Answer Session  with the speaker will immediately follow the presentation.  Questions and comments for the speaker can be posted at any time during the presentation on either webpage chat box.

The entire presentation with the Q&A session will be posted for viewing on both the Museum's Facebook and YouTube pages following the live presentation.

Wednesday January 6, 2021

12:00 PM

Chile Peppers: A Global History

Dave DeWitt

Chile Pepper Expert and Author

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