New Mexicans, Trails
& Commerce in the 19th Century

by Susan Calafate Boyle

March 3rd, 2018
Kit Carson Coop Boardroom

Dr. Susan Boyle's presentation focuses upon the international network of trails in New Mexico both before and after 1821 with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail. Dr. Boyle will share the impact of trails on New Mexico society including an examination of New Mexican merchants like Felipe Chavez (1834-1906). Her talk explores what types of merchandise were part of the commerce and how these goods were transported along the 19th century.

Susan Calafate Boyle received her doctorate in American Social History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a member of departments of history at several universities and colleges, a National Park Service employee, a Fulbright scholar in Argentina and a teacher for UNESCO sponsored post-graduate courses in Argentina. Dr. Boyle continues to work as an independent scholar focusing on socioeconomic developments in New Mexico during the 19th century as well as the history of El Rito, a small community in northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County. Dr. Susan Boyle is the author of Los Capitalistas: Hispano Merchants and the Santa Fe Trail, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1952
for the purpose of "...preserving the history of the Taos area..."
Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues.


2017 Spring - Issue #42

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Spring 2017 issue:

• Taos County Historic Sites
by Patricia Joy Richmond

• A Glimpse of Early Education in Taos
by Enos Garcia

• Bent Lodge No. 42
by Dave Cordova

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 www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org
The Society encourages support through membership.

Fall 2016 - Issue #41

Featured Articles:
Taos' Pioneering Historian:
Helen G. Blumenschein & The Apodaca Trail


Kit Carson - New Mexico Soldier

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, ww.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org

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"

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Taos County Historical Society
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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