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THE RAILROADS OF NORTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO

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.

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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!

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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”.
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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

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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.

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HALL OF HEROES

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       

11:00AM

Please join us in Honoring our Heroes

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A STICH IN TIME

“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!

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THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND YOU

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 ratonmuseum@gmail.com, website www.theratonmuseum.org.

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.

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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                        

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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.

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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”.

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THE RATON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES!

The Raton Museum announces that Roger Sanchez; Cultural Tourism Coordinator & Collections Steward; has been invited  to present at the  plenary session of the Annual Conference of NAAMLP to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 28, 2015.

“Hi Roger, Remembering how much I enjoyed the tours you led through the Raton Museum on a couple of occasions, I invite you to consider making a presentation on mining history in NM at the conference plenary session,” wrote John A Kretzmann, Program Manager, New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Program.

This year’s conference is hosted by the New Mexico and Navajo Nation AML Programs and expects over 300 people from all over the country to attend.  Sponsored in part by US Department of Energy Legacy Management, Wilson & Company, Vermejo Park Ranch, Freeport-McMoRan, Howard, Duran Bokich and Foam Concepts, LLC,

The National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP) is a non-profit organization whose members include 31 States and Tribes conducting abandoned mine reclamation programs under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.

The Raton Museum has also been granted the opportunity to display with other exhibitors at the Annual Conference, September 28-30, 2015.

“The Raton Museum is honored to join NAAMLP in recognizing Roger Sanchez for his passion, dedication and commitment to educating the public on our rich history in NM mining,” said Kathy McQueary, President, The Raton Museum. “Roger’s knowledge and passion is unparalleled”

Roger Sanchez

Roger Sanchez

Founded in 1939, The Raton Museum is a non- profit corporation whose mission is to acquire, preserve, display historically significant artifacts and educate the public about our rich history. “Roger delivers on The Raton Museum’s commitment to its mission every single day.”

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GATE CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Gate City Music Festival Presented by Pepsi

Nestled against the mesas of the southern Rockies along the Santa Fe Trail, Raton, New Mexico at 6680 ft. is the perfect spot to enjoy fabulous music, scenic vistas, blue skies, and a taste of the Southwest…  So take a break and come join us!

For More Information Call:
Raton MainStreet 575-445-2052
Raton City Hall 575-445-9551
Solano’s Boots and Western Wear 575-445-2632

contact@gatecitymusicfestival.com

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Featuring Multiple Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter & Producer :
Deana Carter
With Special Guests:
Crystal Yates
Tom Faulkner
Nicole Unser
Matt Campbell
Ben Marshall Band

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Featuring award winning mariachi vocalist Antonio Reyna
With special guests:
Mariachi Flores Mexicanas
Trio los Amigos

The weekend will be filled with entertainment for all:

Street Fair hosted by Raton MainStreet
Vendors, booths and lots of live music outdoors and indoors
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RED OR GREEN?

LAS CRUCES — It may not be from New Mexico originally, but it has made quite an impression since it arrived.

Chile is the subject of a fun and educational exhibit created at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces in 2010. Titled “Red or Green?” The Origins and Cultural Significance of the Chile Pepper in New Mexico, the exhibit was also displayed in the Governor’s Gallery at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe for five months beginning in December 2012. The exhibit’s next stop will be at The Raton Museum in Raton, New Mexico, where it will be on display beginning in July 2015.

The fun and educational exhibit focuses on New Mexico chile varieties, their history and evolution, and how they came to have such a central place in the state’s culture.

“A major theme of the exhibit is how chile became such an integral part of New Mexico without being native,” said Cameron Saffell, formerly the historian for the Museum and a curator of the exhibit. “It’s a part of three state symbols, there are festivals all over the state, and now we have the state’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail.”

The state Legislature named the chile as a state vegetable in 1965 and designated Red or Green?” as the state question in 1996, in reference to whether you prefer red or green chile on your food.

The exhibit traces the origins of the chile and how the Spanish brought the plant to the American Southwest in the early 1600s. It features the emergence of regional production centers such as Hatch and Chimayo, and the development of specific varieties by researchers such as Fabian Garcia at New Mexico A&MA College in the early 1900s.

Following the historical section, the exhibit focuses on how the chile became a key component of New Mexico culture – both as a cuisine and as a symbol.

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THE GATE CITY

RATON, NEW MEXICO “THE GATE CITY”

Protected on three sides by mountains, Raton is cradled by Mother Nature herself in beauty, freshness and simplicity that time cannot erase.  It has a heritage that lifts the heads of its inhabitants even above the lofty mountain peaks.  It is indeed “The Gate City”.

 Father Stanley

Published in the “THE LAND OF SUNSHINE “(1904)

FOR THE TOURIST

Tourists are welcomed.  New Mexico has superb mountain scenery, quiet and picturesque valleys, unparalleled historic and prehistoric attractions.  It is the land of the Cliff Dwellers; of the Pueblo Indians; of the Indian dances; of the Conquistadores; of towns and buildings older than the oldest historic monuments of any other part of the United States; of the scenery grand and unique; and to the sportsman it offers good hunting and excellent fishing.

Published in the “THE LAND OF SUNSHINE “(1904)

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75th Anniversary Level Membership Reception

Join us on May 3rd at 2:00pm for a special private reception and viewing of The Raton Museum newest acquisitions. The Board will also unveil details about exciting upcoming events. This event is for all 75th Anniversary Level Members to attend. To become a 75th Anniversary Level Member all you need is to pay a membership fee of $75.00. Current Museum members can upgrade your membership to the 75th Anniversary Level for only $45.00. For more information please contact the Museum.