Featured Speaker
UNM Professor, Author and Historian
Larry Torres
"Christmas Customs in Northern New Mexico"

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
12:00 Noon
El Monte Sagrado - Rio Grande Room
East Kit Carson Rd.

Happy Holidays

The Taos County Historical Society will present its annual Christmas Luncheon on Sunday, December
4, 2016, at 12 noon in the Rio Grande Room at El Monte Sagrado on East Kit Carson Road.

The featured speaker is Larry Torres, UNM-Taos, Associate Professor of Foreign Language and Culture with a talk on “Christmas Customs in Northern New Mexico”.

Taos County Historical Society members and the public are invited to attend by completing luncheon
reservations of $30 per person by the deadline of November 25. Each reservation includes a choice of entree, dessert, tea or coffee on request and gratuity. Entree choices are grilled, seasoned chicken breast or vegetarian rolled lasagna. For more information, reservation or payment contact Ernestina Cordova, President, at 575-770-0681.

Larry Torres is a native of Arroyo Seco. He has been a professor of Spanish, Russian, French, English, Latin, Italian, Southwest Studies, Linguistics and Bilingual Education for the past 37 years.

Mr. Torres is a writer whose work on New Mexico Hispanic culture has touched thousands by way of the Spanish page in the El Crepusculo section of The Taos News and by way of his English columns Aqui en Los Valles, In the Footsteps of the Hermit and Habla Usted Spamglish?

His first 100 essays written in Spanish were compiled into the book released through El Crepusculo, Inc. in 1992, titled “Yo Seigo De Taosi.” Recently he published the bilingual booklets “Los Cocos y La Coconas; the Bogey Creatures of the Hispanic Southwest” and “Los Matachines Desenmascarados”; an historical interpretation of the ancient dance-drama, “Las Cuatro Apariciones de Guadalupe”, “Las Posadas” and “Los Moros y Los Cristianos.” His collected works were released by University of New Mexico Press, titled “Six Nuevo Mexicano Folk Dramas for the Advent Season.”


The Taos County Historical Society is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization founded in 1952 and dedicated to the recording and preserving of the irreplaceable in Taos County. Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. For additional information on the programs, activities and history of Taos visit the Society's website at

The Society encourages support through membership.

The Taos County Historical Society was formed in 1952 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