The Virtue of Ownership

Panel Discussion and Closing Reception
TBA  |  Free

Join us as we close The Virtue of Ownership: The African American Homesteading Journey in Southern New Mexico with a continued discussion.  The event again host an informative panel discussion about Blackdom, an African American town formerly located just twenty miles outside of Roswell. The panel will feature descendants of Blackdom residents, including Grover Pettes and his daughter Marilyn Hill of Las Cruces, Rodney Bowe of Albuquerque and Steve Wagoner of Roswell. A PhD student in history at the University of New Mexico, Carlyn Pinkins, will join the panel to talk about her research on Blackdom. 

This event and exhibition were organized in partnership with the African American Museum and Cultural Center. 


Brown Bag Lunch Talks 
We return with a new season of brown bag lunch talks! Come and relax while taking in an informal presentation on a variety of topics. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, April 5, Noon

Roswell Film Festival Preview with Donovan Fulkerson
Hear about the development of the Roswell Film Festival from founder Donovan Fulkerson. Fulkerson will share the history and mission of the event along with a sneak-peek of some of the films being presented this year. 

Friday, May 17, Noon

Exploring the History of the Santos with Dr. James Córdova

Originally from Santa Fe, James Córdova is an artist, scholar, and educator. A professor of art history at CU Boulder and an award-winning sculptor and painter, Dr. Córdova’s studies in the field of Colonial Latin American art help inform his production of traditional santos (saint) figures, while his artistic sensibilities may explain the creativity of his scholarly works. This Brown Bag talk will be a rare opportunity to hear a master speak about the intersection of his professional lives, and is not to be missed!

Friday, June 7, Noon

The Work of Natasha Bowdoin
Join us for a glimpse into the background and artwork of former Roswell Artist-in-Residence fellow and Houston-based artist Natasha Bowdoin to learn more about her dynamic cut paper installations and sculptures. 

Global Rocket Launch!

Tuesday, July 16, 9-9:45 am | Free

The Community is invited to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day Apollo 11 launched to the moon! Join us and friends around the world in a worldwide model rocket launch at 9am. We will have straw rockets available to assemble or bring your own model rocket to launch! This is a drop-by event and will last about 30 minutes. Rockets will launch at 9am.