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Alexandra's Adventures

Alexandra's Fourth Adventure

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Bells of San Albino: A Family Legacy

Meet Eric, Noah, and LeeAnna. Their family has been ringing the bells at the Basilica of San Albino in Mesilla since the 1870s. Manuel Valles was a carpenter in Mesilla who began ringing the bells in the 1870s. He taught his grandson George Gallegos who in turn taught his grandson. It is a family legacy continued to this day! The three share their family's story with Instructional Coordinator Alexandra McKinney.

Posted by New Mexico Historic Sites on Monday, July 27, 2020

The Bells of San Albino: A Family Legacy

Meet Eric, Noah, and LeeAnna. Their family has been ringing the bells at the Basilica of San Albino in Mesilla since the 1870s. Manuel Valles was a carpenter in Mesilla who began ringing the bells in the 1870s. He taught his grandson George Gallegos who in turn taught his grandson. It is a family legacy continued to this day! The three share their family's story with Instructional Coordinator Alexandra McKinney.

Alexandra's Third Adventure

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Leasburg Diversion Dam

Water is a vital part of the New Mexico economy. In this episode of Alexandra's Adventures, Alexandra visits the Leasburg Diversion Dam. The Dam was built as part of a larger national effort to help improve access to irrigation water for farmlands and communities throughout the American West. Today, the Leasburg Diversion Dam is not only a key component in in helping Southern New Mexico thrive, but is also a beautiful spot to visit along the Rio Grande. For more from New Mexico Historic Sites' summer video series follow this link: http://nmhistoricsites.org/virtual-camp

Posted by New Mexico Historic Sites on Monday, July 20, 2020

The Leasburg Diversion Dam

Water is a vital part of the New Mexico economy. In this episode of Alexandra's Adventures, Alexandra visits the Leasburg Diversion Dam. The Dam was built as part of a larger national effort to help improve access to irrigation water for farmlands and communities throughout the American West. Today, the Leasburg Diversion Dam is not only a key component in in helping Southern New Mexico thrive, but is also a beautiful spot to visit along the Rio Grande.

Alexandra's Second Adventure

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Hermit of the Organ Mountains

In this week?s video, Alexandra visits with local historian David Thomas and learns about Giovanni Maria de Agostini, a monk who traveled all over the world creating religious communities. After unsuccessful attempts to create a religious group in Mesilla or Las Cruces, he died a mysterious death in the Organ Mountains. On his birthday weekend, hear the amazing story of the Wonder of the Century (the 19th century)! For more summer camp activities: http://nmhistoricsites.org/virtual-camp

Posted by New Mexico Historic Sites on Monday, July 13, 2020

The Hermit of the Organ Mountains

In this week's video, Alexandra visits with local historian David Thomas and learns about Giovanni Maria de Agostini, a monk who traveled all over the world creating religious communities. After unsuccessful attempts to create a religious group in Mesilla or Las Cruces, he died a mysterious death in the Organ Mountains. On his birthday weekend, hear the amazing story of the Wonder of the Century (the 19th century)!

Alexandra's First Adventure

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Mesilla Riot of 1871

In August 1871, a deadly political riot broke out on the Mesilla Plaza. At least nine people died and more than 35 were injured. Join Instructional Coordinator Alexandra McKinney from the Mesilla Plaza as she tells the story of an event considered one of the bloodiest days in the Territorial History of New Mexico. For more summer activities follow this link: http://nmhistoricsites.org/virtual-camp

Posted by New Mexico Historic Sites on Monday, July 6, 2020

The Mesilla Riot of 1871

In August 1871, a deadly political riot broke out on the Mesilla Plaza. At least nine people died and more than 35 were injured. Join Instructional Coordinator Alexandra McKinney from the Mesilla Plaza as she tells the story of an event considered one of the bloodiest days in the Territorial History of New Mexico.

Brought to you by Fort Selden and Taylor-Mesilla Historic Sites

Join Instructional Coordinator Alexandra McKinney as she explores Southern New Mexico and brings the past alive through stories of its people and its most interesting places.