by Norma Libman
This Speaker Is Sponsored By The Historical Society Of New Mexico

September 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Kit Carson Coop Boardroom
119 Cruz Alta Road

Who are the Crypto-Jews? Why are so many in New Mexico? This presentation by Norma Libman
will trace the history of the Jews in Inquisitional Spain, including how Jews kept their secrets in very dangerous times. The presentation looks at the forces that brought them to the New World and, in particular, the American Southwest. The lecture will examine contemporary Crypto-Jews and Conversos living in New Mexico, and answer some questions: How do they live now? Why do some still keep the secret? What happens to those who want to return to mainstream Jewish life? And more.

Norma Libman is a journalist and educator who has been researching the Crypto-Jews/Converso story for more than 20 years. She has interviewed at least 50 individuals and families in New Mexico and elsewhere and has lectured widely on the subject in the United States. In addition, she has published more than 500 articles on various subjects in newspapers nationwide. She is the author of the award-winning novel Lonely River Village. Ms. Libman is a member and speaker of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.

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.


2018 Spring - Issue #44

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Spring 2018 issue:

• Where Things Useta Be In Taos
by Eric "Bear" Albrecht

• Loretto In Taos
by Eleanor Craig, S.L.

• Liz Cunningham:
A Remarkable Friend & Citizen
by Janet Webb

• Remedios: Traditional Herbal Remedies
Evolve & Survive In Taos
by Mary Ann Wells

2017 Spring - Issue #43

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Fall 2017 issue:

• Governor Juan Bautista de Anza II
by Dr. S. Pauline Anaya

• Prehistoric Taos: A General View
by Skip Keith Miller

• Memories of Past Christmas
by Josephine M. Cordova

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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PO Box 2447 • Taos, NM 87571