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Library book signing and Tombaugh collection talk set for February

Jon Hunner, an associate professor of history at New Mexico State University, will sign copies of his new book, "Las Cruces," from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Branson Library's fourth floor east.

k, a pictorial history of Las Cruces, was prepared by Hunner, Brian Kord, Cassandra Lachica and Renee Spence Thurm, students in NMSU's Public History Program. Members of the Las Cruces Downtown Revitalization Committee also assisted with the book.

The book, which is part of the "Images of America" series, includes many photographs from the University Library's Rio Grande Historical Collections and the Institute of Historical Survey. The book will be available for purchase at the event for $19.99. It was published by Arcadia Publishers in 2003.

Melissa Gottwald, project archivist for the NMSU Library's Clyde W. Tombaugh Papers Project, is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Branson Library's second floor east. Gottwald will discuss the preservation of the Tombaugh Papers as well as the astronomer's life and remarkable career.

Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto on Feb. 18, 1930, at Lowell Observatory. The Tombaugh family donated his papers to the library in 2001.

Both presentations are sponsored by the Library's Archives and Special Collections Department. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lesley Mackay at (505) 646-3642.