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New Mexico's Spanish Colonial history to come alive at workshop

If you've ever wanted to know what it really was like "way back when," the living history workshop may have the answer.


The New Mexico State University Public History Program allows participants to travel back in time to a notable event or period in history. The March program will put attendees in Spanish Colonial New Mexico and the year 1776. While the Declaration of Independence was being signed and the American revolt against the British was under way in the eastern part of the continent, colonial settlers in the Southwest had other things on their minds.

In fact, "if we had lived here in New Mexico at that time, it would have taken a year for news of the revolution to get here," said Jon Hunner, director of NMSU's Public History Program.

At the living history program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 in the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, participants will learn to conduct living history events and role play traveling on El Camino Real in 1776.

Not everyone learns in the same way. Not everyone learns by reading. Hunner said "time traveling is an exciting, innovative way to teach or learn about the past. Participants actually experience history."

Those interested in attending the March Living History Workshop should call the Farm and Ranch Museum's Education Department at (505) 522-4100. Admission is $15 for the general public. There is no charge for NMSU students and museum volunteers.