Monday, October 15, 2012

NMJHS 2012 Fall Conference in Santa Fe

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society ConferenceThe 2012 Fall Conference of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society celebrates the centennial of statehood with its program Statehood: New Mexico Jewry Before and After 1912.

The Conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Santa Fe on Sunday November 4.

Statehood: New Mexico Jewry
Before and After 1912

Official Event of the New Mexico Centennial 

 Doubletree Hotel Santa Fe
4048 Cerrillos Road

Sunday November 4
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

The focus of the Conference will be on the role of Jewish families in the development of the State of New Mexico with special attention to the last 100 years. The Conference celebrates New Mexico and Jewish involvement in the state.

An exhibition of photographs will be displayed of early Jewish life in New Mexico, and Professor Noel Pugach of UNM will give a talk about that exhibition.

The program will start at 9:15 am with the keynote address by Professor Richard Melzer of the University of New Mexico. He is also President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, and has written extensively on New Mexico history. His talk is Herding Millions of Sheep: Solomon Luna and the Writing of the New Mexico Constitution, 1910. 

Other talks of interest will be by Sue Warburg on Jewish immigrants on the New Mexico frontier in the mid-1800’s, and Ramona Caplan on Nathan and Artie Bibo and their crossing cultural and racial barriers. 

Professor Henry Tobias of UNM will talk about the early life of Dr Randolph Seligman, one of the most respected medical doctors in New Mexico. Diane Schaller will talk about the Maisel family’s involvement in the Native American art and craft movement in the state.

In addition to the program, a breakfast buffet, lunch, and post-conference reception will give opportunities to meet others interested in Jewish history. Books on related themes will be available for sale. 

A two mile walking tour of Jewish Santa Fe will be held Saturday afternoon, starting at the central Plaza of Santa Fe. This and more information about the Conference is available on the website:

Conference Registration

Download a Registration Form from the website; or
call the NMJHS at (505) 348-4471; or 
email the NMJHS at

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