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September 18, 2021
11:00 AM
The Silco Theatre
311 N Bullard St

Silver City, NM 88061
Free with $5 Suggested Donation
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Uncovering Chihuahua Hill

Saturday, September 18, 2021

On September 18th at 11am the Silver City Museum’s new curator, Javier Marrufo, will talk about his ongoing work on the Chihuahua Hill History project. Javier will discuss his personal interest in the project as both a historian and a Chicano born and raised in Silver City. We will describe the need for this project and the previously unexamined historical relevance of the Chihuahua Hill neighborhood- one of Silver City’s oldest and least understood.

The event is co-sponsored by the Silver City Museum and the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning. It will take place both at the Silco Theatre and on the virtual platform Zoom, as well as on Facebook Live, where questions and commentary will be relayed to Javier and the live audience in real time. To register on Zoom click on the registration link on this page.

The presentation will give audience members a behind-the-scenes look at how Javier is working with professional folklorist Dr. Thomas Grant Richardson to create the first comprehensive history of Chihuahua Hill. He will share excerpts from interviews with long-time residents of the community with ties to Chihuahua hill whose stories and experiences are being documented and made public for the first time. Through Javier’s eyes we will explore an important aspect of local history that has been largely overlooked, due in part to relatively little documentation on the residents of Chihuahua Hill being readily available to the public. This project will change that by collecting the stories, photographs, and memorabilia from those with connections to this historic and culturally rich neighborhood.

Javier will take questions from the audience and fill us in on how we can help support and take part in this first-of-its-kind project.