The Doña Ana County Historical Society’s spring schedule includes talks about World War II technology, the Bennett family of Mesilla Valley, and the Chope family of local restaurant fame. Meeting are free and open to the public and take place at Good Samaritan — Las Cruces Village’s auditorium.
March 17: Author and historian Jim Eckles will speak about the convergence to two World War II technologies at White Sands Missile Range. The Atomic Age began with the test of the first atomic bomb at Trinity Site and the Space Age began at Launch Complex 33 with the firing of German V-2 rockets. Just in time for the Trinity Site Open House on April 2.
April 21: New Mexic Mexico’s State Historian, Dr. Rick Hendricks, will give a presentation called: “The Bennetts: Binational Pioneer Family of the Mesilla Valley.”
May 19: Sarah Stanley will talk about the Chope family (yes, that Chope) and heritage preservation through food. Unfortunately the meeting won’t at the restaurant.
Meetings are held at the Las Cruces Good Samaritan Village in the Stucky Auditorium downstairs in the main activities building, 3011 Buena Vida Circle, at 7 p.m. unless otherwise specified. Monthly programs are free and open to the public.
More information about DACHS at donaanacountyhistsoc.org.