The Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum this month presents the state historian to speak about our state’s agricultural beginnings while local artist Bonnie Mandoe’s exhibit of colorful landscapes opens. In addition, the museum’s permanent exhibits, both indoors and out, will help fill a day exploring New Mexico’s ranching roots.
Rick Hendricks, the state historian of New Mexico, will talk about New Mexico’s early agriculture. Hendricks worked in the Archives and Special Collections Department at New Mexico State University Library, and has written
or collaborated on many books and articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico.
Hendricks has been a historical consultant for Sandia, Santa Ana, and Picuris Pueblos in New Mexico and Ysleta del Sur in Texas. He has taught courses in colonial and modern Latin America and Mexican history at NMSU. Admission to the presentation is a suggested donation of $2.
Thirty-six oil paintings that capture the beauty of New Mexico’s land are featured in this new exhibit. Las Cruces
artist Bonnie Mandoe’s New Mexico Land & Landscapes will be on display in the Museum’s Arts Corridor from Aug. 15 through Nov. 30. “Of all the things I love to do, painting New Mexico tops the list,” said Mandoe. “Desert, forest,
planted fields…lakes, mountains, rivers, churches, colors, extraordinary light. Here, you see what I can’t say with words, my heart’s vision of the place I love.”
The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. More information online at
nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 522-4100.