Sparks: Off-Beat New Mexico

Sparks talks illuminate some of the quirkier aspects of New Mexico’s regional and historical character. The talks have become member favorites and take place in the afternoon in the boardroom of the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street in Santa Fe.

For more information call (505) 954-7245. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis — advanced registration is encouraged.

March 2016
Native American Steel Gangs Sparks
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 3:00–4:00 pm, $5 admission fee Native American Steel Gangs Presenter: Fred Friedman Historian Fred Friedman traces the origin, development, and present status of Native American railroad laborers, providing the perspective of both track workers and railroad management. Register online here.
April 2016
Big Jo Lumber, near intersection of Sandoval and San Francisco Street. Sparks
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 3:00–4:00 pm, $5 admission fee Big Jo Lumber Company Site and Santa Fe’s Colorful Historic Past Presenter: Tim Maxwell Archaeological excavations at the site of the former Big Jo Lumber Company, now the home of the Eldorado Hotel, looked at an eighteenth-century building in use until razed in 1984. Register online here.
May 2016
Carol Stanley and Jack Lambert Sparks
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:00–4:00 pm, $5 admission fee In the Company of Women: Jack Lambert and the Ladies of the Canyons Presenter: Lesley Poling-Kempes Jack Lambert played a prominent role in the Santa Fe life of sisters Elizabeth and Martha White. He was the manager of the estate they fondly called El Delirio, the home of SAR since 1973. Jack’s adventures with other equally plucky eastern ladies is the topic of this tale by author Lesley Poling-Kempes. Register online here.

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