Offbeat New Mexico: SAR Sparks Talks

Nine Talks

The SAR Sparks talks are illustrated and interactive presentations that explore those qualities of New Mexico’s regional and historical character that make this state like no other in the union. On the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm, SAR members and the general public were regaled with such topics as the Santa Fe Fiesta, Syrian-Lebanese immigrants to New Mexico, Albert Fountain and the Spiderweb Trail, and the friendship of Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell. Harlan McKosato presented the story of Native America Calling, the nation’s first and only “electronic talking circle,” a daily live radio show. Mark your calendar now for Sparks, and don’t miss another installment of offbeat New Mexico history and culture.

September 2010
Fiesta Theater 1926 Sparks
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Pageants and Parades: The Battle for Fiesta Nancy Owen Lewis In 1919, the Santa Fe Fiesta began a major transformation under the leadership of Edgar Lee Hewett, director of SAR and the Museum of New Mexico.
October 2010
Native America Calling Sparks
Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Native America Calling Harlan McKosato Native America Calling is the nation's first and only electronic talking circle. Mr. McKosato's talk will allow participants to engage in a conversation about Native issues.
November 2010
Hindi Sparks
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Los Arabes de Nuevo México Monika Ghattas Beginning in the late 1880s, Syrian-Lebanese immigrants began arriving in the New Mexico territory, looking for economic opportunities.
December 2010
Spiderweb Trail Sparks
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Albert Fountain and the Spiderweb Trail Karl Laumbach On February 1, 1896, Albert Jennings Fountain, prominent attorney and politician, and his 8-year-old son were run off the road between White Sands and Las Cruces, presumably murdered.
February 2011
La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs Sparks
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free A Very Special Place: The Geography and Archaeology of Santa Fe Jason Shapiro Santa Fe is one of those unique places in which a constellation of physical factors have enabled people to live and prosper for literally thousands of years.
March 2011
Brujerias: Stories of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the American Southwest and Beyond Sparks
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free The World of Magic and the Supernatural Among Hispanics Nasario García Dr. García is the author of numerous books that deal with the culture and folklore of New Mexico, among them Brujerías: Stories of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the American Southwest and Beyond.
April 2011
Mimbres Bowl Sparks
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free A History of the Ancient Southwest Steve Lekson The history of the ancient Southwest played out on a continent rife with states and empires, commerce and conquest. Southwestern societies were neither ignorant nor immune to their world.
May 2011
Kit Carson Sparks
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Compadres: Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell Steve Zimmer Mountain men Lucien Maxwell and Kit Carson became fast friends when the two served under Capt. John C. Fremont in his 1842 expedition to the Rocky Mountains.
June 2011
Diné (Navajo) Bracelet Sparks
Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Collectible Southwestern Native American Jewelry Joe & Cindy Tanner How do you purchase collectible Southwestern Native American jewelry and insure that you are making a good investment?
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