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Ranchwomen of New Mexico
a Collaboration

Text by Sharon Niederman
Photographs by Ann Bromberg

New Mexico Ranch Women
Open April 15, 2011 through October 30, 2011
New Mexico History Museum

Working with photographer Ann Bromberg, Sharon Niederman traveled to ranches throughout New Mexico to interview and document the women who have lived their lives on the land, caring for this land and the creatures who abide there through hard times, drought and flood. In their own way, they maintained the culture of the American West and, through, their determination and endurance, preserved that culture as a legacy. These women's memorable stories of riding, roping and Dutch oven cooking over an open fire are told in their own distinctive words in the very moving text and illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs. "Ranchwomen of New Mexico" opened at the Albuquerque Museum then traveled to the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces and the Roswell Museum. It was on exhibit at the Herzstein Memorial Museum in Clayton, NM. For information please contact: Curator, Albuquerque Museum, 505-243-7255.

Jewish Pioneers
of New Mexico

Text by Sharon Niederman

From the opening days of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1820s to the era of the first World War, Jewish immigrants, mainly young German men of modest means, traveled west in search of a better life than was possible in Europe. Several — among them the Spiegelbergs, Staabs, Zeckendorfs and Ilfelds, who built trading empires — settled in Santa Fe, then later, as economic conditions changed, in Las Vegas and Albuqueruque. Others traveled to outlying small towns in New Mexico, from Tucumcari to Wagon Mound to Bernalillo, where they established themselves as merchants.

Through archival photographs, original journals and memoirs, extensive historic research and the compilation of artifacts of the era, the exhibit, "Jewish Pioneers of New Mexico," tells the largely unknown story of these immigrants, how they built families, maintained community and faith, and how they became accepted and often influential citizens in their adopted home in the American West. The exhibit is now traveling through New Mexico. Contact the Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico (TREX) web site <> for specific sites and dates.

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