The Raton Museum is excited to have been able to help the authors with research. And now be a part of the book release with a Book Signing April 21, 2022 6:30pm. Come out and meet Tucker and Trevor.



The Raton Museum is CLOSING temporarily in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 starting Thursday, March 19th.

We believe that we must do all we can do to ensure the safe and healthy environment for our community which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings.

We look forward to announcing when we will be able to welcome visitors and programing back to the Museum.

Be SAFE and please follow guidelines as detailed on the CDC website.



Fred Harvey’s Southwest Couriers: “ALL ABOARD!”

October 12, 2019 7:00PM

Grab your walking shoes, cameras, and a hat as we bump along the old dirt roads to take a detour of the grand southwest !!

 A New breed of courageous, intelligent, and hard-working women traveled west from the 1880’s as Harvey Girls, and then as Southwestern Detour Couriersfrom the 1920’s through the great depression. The railroads and the Fred Harvey system encouraged these young unmarried girls to head west to work for him, and become a part of the Southwestern landscape. The college-educated Detour Couriers, or Tour Guides, were a major part of the travel industry enlightening travelers about the history, and unique beauty of the entire southwest.  Along with young men who drove the touring cars, and buses, these women took willing passengers off the railroads and from the Fred Harvey Hotels to the ancient Indian Pueblos, National Parks, and other places of interest.  They were the “walking-talking billboards” for the history, beauty and opportunities of the then little known southwest.

Performance by:  Vanann Moore

Funding in Part by: The N.M. Humanities Council, City of Raton Lodgers Tax and The Raton Museum


Raton Lights of the Season

The Raton Museum is pleased to offer an exhibit of photographs from the Robert Campbell Collection.  Reflecting Raton at Christmas time in the 1930s. Trees and Toys will also fill the Gallery. Raton Lights will be on exhibit

December 5, 2018  thru  January 12, 2019

Winter Hours: Wednesday – Saturday  10-4



Presented by: Fred Friedman – NM Railroad Historian, Member of Historical Society of NM Speakers Bureau.

The Raton Museum – August 4, 2018  4:00PM

Railroads were the Space Program of the 1800’s and communities like Raton, Clayton, Cimarron, Las Vegas and others were linked together by steel rails, thousands of miles long and four and one-half feet wide.


Reflections in Glass

The Raton Museum and the Raton Chamber will be hosting a reception on Saturday, July 28th from 2-4pm at the Raton Museum,108 South Second St.  The Museum will feature an exhibit of images by photographer Robert L. Campbell.

Reflecting on the journey of this historic collection will be….

• Raton Museum Curator – Roger J Sanchez

• Grand Son – Bob Campbell

Grand Daughters- Mary Jane Klein & Nancy Kaye Boatwright       and other Campbell family members

• Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Representatives

• NM Magazine Representatives

Paraphrasing NM Magazine CEO Carolyn Graham ….

Campbell captured the essence of his hometown and more than a century later his work ignited the curiosity of an entire region.

You won’t want to miss this developing story!


THE COLFAX COUNTY WAR: A lecture by Stephen Zimmer

At the Raton Museum on July 7 historian Stephen Zimmer will survey the events that led up to the confrontations of the war which was one of the most famous in the history of the American West.  Relying on first person accounts and extensive research he will detail episodes of the discord and the resultant aftermath that has shaped the hsitory of  Colfax County to the present day.
Zimmer is the former Director of Museums at Philmont Scout Ranch and has been studying and writing about the history of North Eastern New Mexico for more than 30 years.  He is the author of 10 books including “For Good or Bad: People of the Cimarron Country”.

Music From the Ranch and the Open Range

Chautauqua presentation by Steve Cormier at The Raton Museum            

Friday May 11, 2018 at 6 pm

Music From the Ranch and the Open Range

Steve Cormier earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, with a dissertation on twentieth century New Mexico ranching. He has published chapters on ranching in two books, “Essays in Twentieth Century New Mexico History”(UNM Press) and “The Multicultural Southwest” (University of Arizona Press). From 1979 to 1988, he worked on ranches and farms in the Flint Hills of Kansas and around Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner, NM. His music derives from that experience. He also has played supporting roles in numerous television shows and films, including “Breaking Bad,” “Gunsmoke” and “Wyatt Earp.” He has recorded several albums.


Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Steve Cormier performs these and also songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.


This event is presented with the Assistance of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. There is no charge for this event.


The Raton Museum is located at 108 South Second Street, Raton, NM 87740         

For more information please call 575-445-8979


Happy Holidays from The Raton Museum

Admission Fee $3.00

Month of December 2017

Hours:  Wed – Sat  10:am – 4:pm

The Raton Museum is offering you a discounted rate for admission during the month of December.  With the hustle & bustle of the season we invite everyone to stop by.

Relax, Reflect, and Make Moments Matter. 

Memories you make will be with you and your loved ones forever.

Wishing you old fashioned pleasures, happy memories and all the joys of the season.



October 18 – November 15

Upstairs Gallery

FREE ADMISSION for Veterans and Active Duty


The Raton Museum invites you to Honor our American Heroes

The annual display of Hall of Heroes is now open and will remain open through November 15, 2017 located in the Upstairs Gallery of the Raton Museum; in Raton’s historic district; 108 South Second St., Raton, New Mexico

All Active Duty personnel and Veterans will be admitted FREE of CHARGE during the exhibit run.

Open House – Reception to be held on

Saturday, November 11, 2017       


Please join us in Honoring our Heroes



“A STICH IN TIME” Hosted by The Raton Museum and The Willow Springs Quilt Guild is on display now at The Raton Museum.

Wednesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm Upstairs Gallery

Join us for HI TEA February 11, 2017 at 3:00pm

Hats and Gloves optional…but wouldn’t it be fun to flaunt them!



The Bill of Rights and You

Raton,New Mexico…On January 11,2017, the Raton Museum will host a new pop-up exhibition from the National ArchivesThe Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit runs through March 4,2017. 

The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:

“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”

Educational activities and resources are available for schools and organizations that are interested in coordinating study plans with this exhibition.  Contact the Raton Museum to schedule your trip.  The Raton Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm Phone # 575-445-8979, email, website

The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.


Christmas Memories: Remembering Christmases Past

The Raton Museum is pleased to offer another installment of FACEs and PLACEs this exhibit includes photographs from the “Robert Campbell Collection”; and the “Raton Public Service Co. Collection”.  Christmas cards, ornaments and toys from the Raton Museum collection will be also be on display.

Christmas Memories will be on exhibit in our Gallery    December 7, 2016 –  January 7,2017

Winter Hours: Wednesday – Saturday  10-4                        


The Raton Museum: 78 Years Preserving History

We are taking this opportunity to thank the many volunteers that have given of their time in support of our organization. To the artists, individuals, museums and organizations that have partnered with us to bring interesting programming to our patrons.

Because of your membership, contributions, and dedicated volunteerism; the rich history, culture and exciting past of our area is being told, preserved and honored. 

Thank You

A special acknowledgment to former Trustees . Terry Bumpass and Rhonda Taillon for their years of service, dedication and commitment to preserving our history.


ERNIE PYLE – Bringing The World To America’s Doorstep A Performance By Baldwin G. Burr

The Raton Museum Presents

ERNIE PYLE – Bringing The World To America’s Doorstep

A Performance By

Baldwin G. Burr

Ernie Pyle was an American journalist known for his columns written as a roving correspondent both before and during World War II. He reported from Europe and the Pacific, and was killed in 1945 on the Japanese Island of Ie Shima.   Ernie pioneered the “On the Road” style of narrative journalism, and journeyed around the world specializing in telling the stories of everyday folks.  Ernie Pyle especially loved the southwestern United States, and lived briefly in Albuquerque, in the only house he and his wife Jerry ever owned. The house became the first branch of the Albuquerque Public Library, and is still in use today.  This performance reviews Ernie’s career as a journalist and his role in informing those on the WWII home front about the life of the common soldier.                              

The setting for this performance is the South Pacific island of Ie Shima, part of the Okinawa chain of islands.  It is mid-morning on Wednesday, April 18, 1945.  Correspondent Ernie Pyle is in a tent, awaiting the arrival of a jeep that will take him and the commanding officer of the unit he is covering to the front to observe troop movements.

At the end of the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to join Dame Vera Lynn in singing the iconic World War II song “We’ll Meet Again”.