Los Arabes de Nuevo México [Cancelled]
Sparks, SAR Boardroom
Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 3:00–4:00 pm
Beginning in the late 1880s, Syrian-Lebanese immigrants began arriving in the New Mexico territory looking for economic opportunities. They were primarily young, single men who later encouraged family members, friends, and neighbors to follow them. By the first decade of the 20th century, more than forty family groups of these immigrants lived in the small towns of central and northern New Mexico. They called themselves Syrians since most came from the same village in Mount Lebanon, part of what was then the province of Syria in Ottoman Turkey. Historian Monika Ghattas has taught history at Central New Mexico Community College for more than 20 years.