Saturday, August 6th, 2022

B. C. Hernández:
From Taos to Washington

A Talk by Virginia Dodier

Born in Taos in 1862, Benigno Cárdenas (B. C.) Hernández spent his long life adhering to the principle of the family motto: “While resting, make adobes.” The son of an adobe mason from Chihuahua, B.C. worked at the Ojo Caliente springs, was a sheriff and county clerk, a sheep man, a politico, a U.S. Congressman, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in New Mexico, and an organizer for the League of United Latin American Citizens. The town of Hernandez, made famous by Ansel Adams, was named for him. He instilled in his devoted family—who called him “Daddy Dear”—a reverence for public service and a fierce pride in their heritage. Virginia Dodier, a great-granddaughter, will draw from family stories as well public records in her account.

About the speaker

Virginia Dodier is a retired libraries, archives and museums professional. She has lived in Taos since 2018 and serves on the TCHS Archives Committee and Program Committee.


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 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.


2022 Summer
Issue #52

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Summer 2022 issue:

•Eulogy For Antonio "Toné" Vigil
by David Maes

• Santa Rosa de Lima
& Santo Tomas of Abiquiu
by Analinda Dunning

• The History of Taos
A Chronology History of Taos
by Robert "Bob" Romero

2021 Winter
Issue #51


Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Winter 2021 issue:

• La Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad
by Deacon Larry Torres

• Cleofes Vigil: A Man of Vision
by Michael Miller

•The History of the Sagebrush Inn
by "Sagebrush Lou"


2021 Summer
Issue #50

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Summer 2021 issue:

• El Dialecto de Mi Pueblo
(The Spanish Dialect of My Village)
by Joanne Vidaurre-Trujillo

• Time to Get Back to Our "Normal" Lives
by Dave Cordova

•El Borreguero
by John Andres Vargas

• The Adobe Churches of New Mexico
Dust to Dust, or Revival
by Van Dorn Hooker


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