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Date:
July 12, 2022
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Railroad Museum
Address:
351 N. Mesilla St.
P.O. Box 20000

Las Cruces, NM 88001
Contact:
575.528.3444
Cost:
Free
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Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Bring a lunch and enjoy a history lecture. Before the arrival of the railroad in 1881, the U.S. government authorized a series of overland mail companies to transport passengers and postal mail to California by way of southern New Mexico. These transportation lines, including the Butterfield Overland Mail and the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line, marked the first-time southern New Mexico was connected to the west coast. It also brought new travelers to the borderlands. Though only active for a few short years, these mail lines were vital to the development of the Mesilla Valley in the years leading up to the Civil War. Alexandra McKinney is the instructional coordinator at the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property and Fort Selden Historic Site. She has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree in public history from the University of West Florida. You can also join by zoom. Email education@las-cruces.org for the zoom link.

Bring a lunch and enjoy a history lecture.  Before the arrival of the railroad in 1881, the U.S. government authorized a series of overland mail companies to transport passengers and postal mail to California by way of southern New Mexico.  These transportation lines, including the Butterfield Overland Mail and the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line, marked the first-time southern New Mexico was connected to the west coast.  It also brought new travelers to the borderlands.  Though only active for a few short years, these mail lines were vital to the development of the Mesilla Valley in the years leading up to the Civil War.

Alexandra McKinney is the instructional coordinator at the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property and Fort Selden Historic Site.  She has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree in public history from the University of West Florida.  She takes pride in getting to protect an share the history of the state her family has called home since the early 1850's.

 You can also join by zoom.  Email education@las-cruces.org for the zoom link.

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