Heritage Cooking Series July 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

An historical presentation called the Heritage Cooking Series continues on July 9. Dave Harkness, Interpretive Ranger Emeritus at Fort Selden State Monument, will do outdoor cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 11:30, followed by an historical presentation and food tasting from 11:30 to 12. This presentation is the Modern Kitchen (1900). Admission to enjoy this program is regular Museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 4 to 17.

Culture Series:

Frontier Doctor on the Santa Fe Trail July 14, 7 p.m.

Frontier doctor Rowland Willard is the subject of this presentation by historian and author Joy Poole. Dr. Willard was one of the first physicians to travel the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and the only medical professional to examine the famed mountain man Hugh Glass after his grizzly bear attack. Glass is the subject of the Oscar-nominated film, The Revenant. Joy, who is the Deputy State Librarian in Santa Fe, edited the book, “Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico: The Travel Diaries & Autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard 1825-1828. Her book is a 2016 Award of Merit winner from the Leadership in History Awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history.

Few Americans knew much about Dr. Willard who set out on the Santa Fe Trail from St. Charles, Missouri, soon after the completion of his medical apprenticeship.  On his first day travelling the trail, he met Glass, who regaled Willard with stories of his wilderness experiences.  Willard referred to the mountain man as Father Glass, a testimony to his age. Dr. Willard practiced medicine in Taos, visited Santa Fe, and then traveled south to Chihuahua, arriving during a measles epidemic. Willard treated patients there for two years before returning to Missouri in 1828. Joy, who grew up on the Lewis and Clark trail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was a museum director for the Colorado Historical Society, founded the Santa Fe Trail Association and served as the first director for the El Camino Real International Heritage Center.

Joy will have sign and sell copies of her book after her presentation. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

13th-Annual Ice Cream Sunday July 17, 12-4 p.m.

America’s favorite summer treat -- ice cream -- is the star of the Museum’s most popular event of the summer. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 17. No passes for this event. The event’s first 600 paying visitors will receive a coupon for a free 5-ounce cup of Caliche’s Frozen Custard, which will be served at the Museum throughout the afternoon. The popular annual ice cream sandwich eating contest and race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 12 p.m. The age categories for the contest are: 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, and 18-and-over. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. Museum visitors may make their own ice cream by rolling tin cans, and there will be dairy demonstrations. Aside from Caliche’s, sponsors include Southwest Dairy Farmers and GH Dairy.

New Exhibit:

Meet the Producer: Old Windmill Dairy

The new featured producer in the Horse & Cattle Barn exhibit is Old Windmill Dairy, founded in 2007 in Estancia, N.M.  by Michael and Edward Lobaugh. They started their operation with 40 milking goats and now have more than 100. They produce 29 different cheeses from both goat and cow’s milk including Chevre, Cheddar, Gouda, Feta, and several varieties of cream cheese. The Dairy attributes its success and growth to its customers and partnering with other farms and local businesses. These partnerships have created jobs and economic stability, and have increased the number of hand crafted artisan cheeses made in New Mexico.

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100. 

All classes, workshops and events co-sponsored by the

Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum 


4100 Dripping Springs Road

Las Cruces, NM 88011 

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is a division of the

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs