Please join us this summer, with all new speakers, in the Museum’s Courtyard and learn something new about the history of the American Southwest! All lectures are free. The KCHM Summer Lectures Series is made possible in part by generous support from the New Mexico Humanities Council. Please take a moment to visit the Council’s website and read about the important work they do to help keep history alive.

Edward Wallace – From Slave To Superstar: The Life Of James Pierson Beckwourth

Saturday, July 18 6:00pm Kit Carson Museum Courtyard
An inspiring, entertaining, educational and historically accurate portrayal of one of our forgotten heroes. Edward Wallace uses his professional acting experience to bring to life the exploits of a truly remarkable and awe-inspiring character of our early western history. Jim Beckwourth, born a slave, went on to found Pueblo, Colorado, trap beaver with the likes of Kit Carson and Jim Bridger, and discover a pass over the Sierra Madre Mountains, which made it easier for immigrants traveling to California. His other exploits include owning a hotel in Santa Fe, running a trading post in Taos, and becoming Chief of the Mountain Crows. The audience is treated to an unforgettable and educational journey into our historical past. This program has elicited such comments as “The best Chautauqua program we have ever had,” and, “Mr. Wallace’s portrayal was truly mesmerizing.”

Jon Hunner – Becoming A State Different: New Mexico’s March To Statehood

Saturday, August 1 6:00pm Kit Carson Museum Courtyard
“New Mexico’s March to Statehood” could just as easily be called “The Stumble to Statehood.” New Mexico faced many obstacles, both internal and external, to winning its official status as a state. This lecture, illustrated with photos and documents from the time period, surveys the history of NewMexico’s progress from a territory of the U.S. established in 1850 to a state in 1912.

Stefanie Beninato – The Indian New Deal In The Southwest

Saturday, August 15 6:00pm Kit Carson Museum Courtyard
The Indian New Deal marked a major change in relations between Native Americans and whites. Policy went from assimilation and integration to cultural preservation and self-government. John Collier, Indian commissioner, who created the policy, took the reforms from the Mexican Revolution and applied them to Native American groups here.