Curator’s Corner: George McJunkin, Unsung Archaeology Hero

George McJunkin

by Amanda Mather, Curator of Collections George McJunkin was born a slave in Midway, Texas. When he was about 10, the Civil War ended and he and his family were freed. He was born into a ranch and cowboy life and spent most of his life in the saddle. Mr. McJunkin worked at several ranches…

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History Herald: Smokey Bear, a New Mexico Hero!

Smokey Bear

by Laura Gonzales, Education & Volunteer Manager Hello from your History Herald! Did you know that in 1950, in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, crews discovered a major wildfire driven by strong wind? As the crew battled to contain the blaze they received a report of a lone bear cub seen wandering near the…

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Books About New Mexico Heroes

The Life and Legend of George McJunkin, Black Cowboy

The Life and Legend of George McJunkin, Black Cowboy by Franklin Folsom This book is a great introduction to the history of black cowboys in New Mexico. McJunkin was a former slave who went on to make an instrumental archaelogical find in northern New Mexico — read more about this amazing man in our Curator’s…

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Las Golondrinas Heroes: Louann Jordan and Pat Kuhlhoff

Louann Jordan

Every once in a while, someone comes along that makes a big impression. Here at Las Golondrinas, we have been blessed with so many wonderful volunteers, staff members and members that we have decided to feature them from time to time via our Las Golondrinas Heroes column. Two of our biggest heroes who have left…

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