Stories

State Seal of New Mexico

New Mexico’s first Territorial Seal was designed in 1851, shortly after the United States’ acquisition due to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. While there is no record of the original Territorial Seal – which according to the New Mexico Secretary of State may be encapsulated in the Soldier’s Monument on the Santa Fe Plaza – […]

John Lewis

Born May 3, 1920, New Mexico raised John Aaron Lewis was an American jazz pianist and composer and is best known as the musical director of the┬áModern Jazz Quartet. Born in Illinois, he was raised near the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He attended the University of New Mexico where he studied music and […]

Baxter Black

Born in New York in 1945, New Mexican Cowboy Poet Baxter Black grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He attended Las Cruces High School where he was in the Future Farmers of America, graduated from New Mexico State University, and obtained his Doctorate from Colorado State University. After practicing veterinary science, he transitioned into […]

Alexander Doniphan

The name Alexander Doniphan isn’t well known to the average New Mexican. I don’t remember hearing it when I took New Mexico history in fifth grade, nor do I remember it during New Mexico history at University. Nobody really speaks of him today. Nevertheless, we largely owe to Colonel Doniphan the foundation of most New […]