The New Mexico State University Library will be hosting a new exhibit from its Archives and Special Collections Department called “Guerrillas and Guardsmen: Pancho Villa, the National Guard, and the 1916 Columbus Raid” starting Thursday, March 24.
The exhibit will contain documents and photographs from the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department which related to Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, NM, and the ensuing national and international events. This will include scans of local and campus newspapers; photographs of Villa and his troops, and the American army and National Guardsmen who pursued him; and letters and other documents describing the raid.
“The Columbus raid was an important event in southern New Mexico history,” said Caitlin Wells, archivist of the Rio Grande Historical Collections. She noted that the report of the raid appeared the NMSU Roundup, which listed the death of a former student, will be on display in the exhibit.
A talk held by William Boehm, historian at the National Guard Bureau, will be on Monday, May 2, and will be called “Passage to the American Century: Pancho Villa, The National Defense Act and National Guard Mexican Border Service.” More information to follow.
The exhibit is in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of Branson Library. Free parking is available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m. For questions or further information, please contact Caitlin Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 646-6323.