September 6th, 2014

Taos County Historical Society
Free Public Lecture
From Josiah Gregg
to Edward Abbey -

By David Farmer

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
2:00 PM in the
Kit Carson Electric Coop Boardroom

118 Cruz Alta Rd. • Taos, NM

This illustrated lecture is structured like a journey, with books, though the history and culture of New Mexico. The talk includes some background on the writers and also
includes passages from writings by Josiah Gregg, Susan Magoffin, Leslie Silko,
M. Scott Momaday, Peggy Pond Church and others. Illustrations are coordinated to the writers and settings of the passages read by Dr. Farmer.

Dr. David Farmer was born in Austin and raised on his family's ranch near Fort McKavett in the Texas Hill country. It was on the F5 Ranch that his mother taught him and his brothers before they went away to high school. Early in his life, David, became more interested in books than in rounding up sheep, goats and cattle, so he set off for an academic career in rare books and teaching that took him to the University of Texas at Austin, SMU, among other universities.

In 2001 Dr. Farmer retired after fifteen years as Director of DeGolyer Library at SMU where he was responsible for one of the major Western Americana libraries in the United States. He has lectured widely on books and collecting, and his extensive writings include Stanley Marcus, A Life With Books, published by Still Pint Press in Dallas and reprinted by TCU Press. Dr. Farmer's critical edition of D. H. Lawrence's novel, Women in Love, was published by Cambridge University Press. His articles on printmakers have appeared in The Tamarind Papers as well as in Prints and Printmakers of Texas, (1997) and Paths to the Press, Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960 (2007). For fourteen years he chaired the committee that selected the Clements Prize book for an annual award given by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU.


Dr. Farmer's most recent book, Willard Clark – Printer and Printmaker
(Abilene: Four-O Publishers) was republished in an expanded edition by the University of New Mexico Press in 2008. It explores the innovative work of a depression-era arist who created typo graphic style still identified with Santa Fe.

David Farmer moved to Taos in 2001 with his wife, Carol. He serves on the Board of Governors at the Harwood Museum of Art. His current project is a series of exhibitions to open next year on 150 years of printmaking in Taos.

The Taos County Historical Society was formed in 1960 for the purpose of "... preserving the history of the Taos area...". It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Monthly meetings, the first Saturday of the month are held at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom with a featured speaker are open to the public and supported through memberships. These are also open to anyone upon payment of annual dues. For more information visit the Society's website,

Taos County Historical Society
has successully launched
"TAOS: A Topical History"

320 pages, 26 chapters and contributors.

Mil Gracias, A THOUSAND THANKS, does not begin to cover the many, many individuals to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. This debt is not only the living but also to those men and women who long ago began to preserve the journals and documents we now depend upon for knowledge of the past: the chroniclers who accompanied the explorers and settlers and who, dusty, tired and hungry, sat in the light of a candle to record in their journals the events of the day and the Franciscan clerics who made detailed reports of their canonical visits to the mission churches of Nuevo México.

Corina A. Santistevan
Acknowledgements in "Taos: A Topical History"

If you would like to order a copy from the
Taos County Historical Society
please send a check for $40 (book+shipping) payable to
Taos County Historical Society and mail to:

Taos County Historical Society
PO Box 2447
Taos, NM 87571

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Phone: (575) 770-0681

PO Box 2447 • Taos, NM 87571