As former curator of TBHS, I thank you for the kind words. It was during my tenure they changed the name of the museum from just "Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum" to the "Alamogordo Museum of History."
The large antique oak table is not a dining table but a conference table from the old courthouse. It's got provenance. It is absolutely gorgeous.
TBHS has some jewels in their small quarters. They just received in an anonymous donation the La Luz Pottery site after having received several boxes of their records while I was there. TBHS also has an oral history collection that is quite extensive. They have interviewed many persons from the pioneer families of the area so there are great tidbits buried in them.
Orogrande —it can be dry gulch or bonanza by El Paso Times 07/09/1977 Orogrande, N.M., nestled short of the hills of the Jarilla Mountains along US-54 midway between El Paso and Alamogordo, cut its... more
Pat Garrett found a gold vein in the norh end of the Jarilla Mountains. He claimed it, and sold it. Wildy Well is about four miles east. famed for the Lee-Garrrett shootout. Mr. Wildy developed the... more
In 2001 I edited and annotated the memoirs of Will Parker, former sheriff of Otero County, which was published by the Tularosa Basin Historical Society in Alamogordo. Will Parker grew up in the... more
I took a look through my files, and I didn't see any mention of a Kirby Weems in Parker's memoirs. If Mr. Weems is from the Tularosa Basin, Otero County, or Sacramento Mountains, you can try calling... more
Since the Weems were so important in Weed's history, I would say definitely contact Tularosa Basin Historical Society as they have a fair amount of material on Weed. Also in the 1980s the Society... more
There must have been a clinic in Weed, amazing number of births there in the summer months. These were families with permanent addreses in the Tularosa Basin. As for the Tularosa History Society, a... more
It has been written for authors .... "No index, no heaven." It is rare to find an interview tape that has been indexed. It is hard to justify spending time listening to a tape without some indication ... more
There is a big program here at NAU in gathering oral histories of northern Arizona and Flagstaff in particular. It has been ongoing for at least a decade. However, a local 'flack' remarked that... more
I'm not sure what percentage it is currently at TBHS, but when I was there, they had quite a few of their interviews transcribed so you can read that before listening. I know that the Oral History... more
I don't know how much the collection of oral histories (conducted across the state) at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces would help your research, but they also transcribe each... more
historian59, I believe I've spoken with the Director/Curator of History of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. In the meantime, I've found what I was looking for, but again, thank you for all your... more
Most likely with Cameron Saffell, the Museum's Curator of History and supervisor of the oral history program. The Museum director is my husband. Glad you found your information. Hopefully I can be of ... more
You got me curious and the more I thought about it the name Weems rang bells so I know I ran into it when I lived in Alamogordo. I was the curator at the Tularosa Basin Historical Society for four... more
Thanks, I know I tried to get it one place and it was restricted, can't remember if it was here, or elsewhere. My record keeping is terrible. I'll give them a call. Thanks again. I appreciate you... more