By Lynn Moncus
As Sept. 19 and 20 draw near, excitement mounts at Tucumcari Historical Museum. Bruce Nutt is doing handsprings while trying to get everything in readiness for the coming state archaeology Fair.
Connie Montano has been delivering posters and cards as well as helping Bruce with the chores around the museum. If any members of Tucumcari Historical Research Institute have a little spare time, they might offer to help as much work is yet to be done and many chores around the museum. If any members of Tucumcari Historical Research Institute have a little spare time, they might offer to help as much work is yet to be done and many chores will need to be done during the two-day event.
The House School Superintendent called to say the House students would arrive at noon Friday in order to enjoy lunch on the museum ground and to learn about the archeology of our area as they tour the many exhibits. People of all ages will have a great opportunity to learn and to enjoy visiting with archaeologists from throughout the state and the Panhandle of Texas.
We will have the chance to see our own Wayne Clark sitting amid the flint knappers while making arrowheads. That exhibit alone would be worth our seeing because many of us picked up various kinds of flint objects, but few of us have seen them made. That is certainly one of the oldest crafts in our area, and we can now see the art in that craft while thinking of some of the objects we have admired during our life times.
The parade will also be worth attending because we will see a “parade different” with archaeologists pushing wheel barrows through our streets and many other entries to celebrate our heritage while celebrating the first hundred years of Quay County and the museum building.
By listening to the spots on KTNM radio, we can hear the excitement of some of the state archaeologists as they advertise the fair and our county. Dr. Glenna Dean, New Mexico State Archaeologist, has been working with Bruce for months as they have planned this 10th annual fair. She has also visited the area several times in order to know about our facilities and to get an idea of our history. Her enthusiasm is contagious and we can see why she is one of the leaders in organizing the fair each year.
If Silver City could have a crowd of 800 people last year, we should be able to top that number by several hundred. If we will but talk to our friends and neighbors to encourage them to attend, we can fill the museum grounds while enjoying and learning. After all, learning is a most enjoyable pastime and we can always learn a lot more about our area and about a major science.
Special activities for children should entice them to want to learn and to do a little extra reading. Those who already love the land will be fascinated about all that can be found their and will want to protect sites once they hear how important those areas are as we learn more about our distant past. They will see members of the Quay County Sheriff’s department and learn about the laws. A few children from our area will also receive awards for reading about our history during the summer.
Let’s plan to spend many hours at the museum during the fair. We can enjoy Mary Jane’s horno bread and other good foods or eat barbecue prepared by K-Bob’s cooks.
We’ll see you on Sept. 19 and 20!