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NMSU summer exhibits explore Dona Ana County's past

The New Mexico State University Museum is showcasing several exhibits that explore Dona Ana County's past - from the late 1800s to the New Deal era.

The house of one of Las Cruces' most well-known families is the subject of an exhibit on display from June 4 to Dec. 31 at the Dona Ana County Manager's Complex. The El Jardin House was the home of the Amador family from 1881 until it was torn down in 1962. Items recovered from the house before it was destroyed will be on display and include Victorian-era toys, kitchen items, cigar boxes, travel trunks, washboards and a coal-run iron. The Manager's Complex is located at 180 West Amador Ave. in Las Cruces and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The New Mexico State University Museum is currently featuring Spanish revival furniture made by Dona Ana County New Deal workers. "Carpinteros of the New Deal: Making Colonial Spanish Revival Furniture in Dona Ana County, 1930s" will run until Sept. 1, 2000, in the Kent Hall Museum Lobby.

On display on the second floor of NMSU's Young Hall is Military Uniforms of the Early 1900s," an exhibit designed entirely by NMSU students. Featured in the exhibit are a World War I uniform worn by NMSU football star Joe Quesenberry, a WWI uniform worn by Charles de Bremond and a ROTC cadet uniform that belonged to former student Homer Hirsch. The uniform is believed to be more than 90 years old.

"On Collecting Pottery: The Horace and Patricia Poeter Collection," also will be on display at the NMSU Museum until July 31, as well as a continuing exhibit of more than 350 gems and minerals and 250 fossils from around the world.

The NMSU Museum, located in Kent Hall, is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum will close August 1-31 to prepare for a major Mayan exhibit. Call (505) 646-3739 for more information.
Joy Victory
May 28, 1999