In 2018, dozens of New Mexicans throughout the state shared their memories of “country living” in a series of oral history interviews. Taken together, these individual stories reveal the many shared experiences (and a few key differences) of girls and boys growing up in New Mexico in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Come join speakers, Drs. Mary Alice Scott and Kelly Henks, as they share their impressions and some of their favorite stories – from enduring the Dust Bowl to the many uses of castor oil. All generations are welcome, and audience participation is encouraged. What stories do you have?
Admission to this presentation in the Museum’s theater is free.
Mary Alice and Kelly are colleagues in NMSU’s Department of Anthropology and co-directors of the New Mexico Rural Heritage Oral History Project. Kelly is a historical archaeologist whose research focuses on Hispanic colonization and settlement in New Mexico. Mary Alice is a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology, a discipline concerned with understanding how people conceptualize and manage their health. In developing this project, they brought together Kelly’s interest in material culture, Mary Alice’s interest in health, and their shared interest in New Mexican history, rural culture, and the value of stories. This oral history project is supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council, New Mexico State University, and the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.