Date: September 28, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kristina Martinez, NMSU Library, (575) 646-3642, email@example.com
NMSU Library announces the publication of two new books, The Casads: A Pioneer Family of the Mesilla Valley by Rick Hendricks and Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico edited by Martha Shipman Andrews. Both publications feature collections held within the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department.
The Casads: A Pioneer Family of the Mesilla Valley is a history of the Casad family that traces its movement from Ohio to New Mexico by way of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and California. The principal family members are Thomas Casad and his second wife, Sarah Van Winkle Casad, along with their numerous children. The book relates one family’s experience with agriculture, coal mining, and milling on the Illinois prairie, where Thomas founded the town of Summerfield in St. Clair County, and its migration west as far as Kansas. Thomas Casad was recognized as one of the leading agriculturalists in southern New Mexico. Casad is credited with the introduction of large-scale production of alfalfa in the region and improving local livestock. He was a newspaper editor and columnist specializing in spreading innovative agricultural techniques. He also was a noted miller in Doña Ana and Chamberino. His purchase of almost 10,000 acres of the Brazito made him one of the largest landowners in the Mesilla Valley. The Casads: A Pioneer Family of the Mesilla Valley was written by State Historian and former NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Department employee, Dr. Rick Hendricks. The NMSU Library holds three branches of the Casad family papers and many of the photographs used in the book came from these three collections. Barnes & Noble at NMSU is hosting Dr. Hendricks for a reading and book signing on October 6, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico is a compilation of photographs and essays examining the roles of women in Southern New Mexico between 1880-1920. Visual images provide a particularly evocative means of examining the dark spaces behind the overshadowing Western myths so dominated by the concerns and exploits of men. The extensive photograph collections of the Rio Grande Historical Collections and the Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives of the New Mexico State University Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department give witness to the experiences of women as they helped to settle the mountains and deserts of New Mexico between 1880 and 1920. The accompanying essays by noted scholars and archivists have found the lives of women in southern New Mexico not full of endless toil and deprivation but rather, in the words of young Mildred Barnes from the mining community of Lake Valley, “delightful, exciting, and filled with a sense of abundance.” NMSU University Archivist and Associate Professor Martha Shipman Andrews will be promoting Out of the Shadows: The Women of Southern New Mexico at COAS Bookstore at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29th and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20th at Barnes and Noble NMSU. Andrews has won two 2009 NM Books Awards and the Centennial Award for one of the “100 Best Books of NM.”
In collaboration with LPD Press/Rio Grande Books, NMSU Library has published these two titles as well as the award winning, The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies at War: 1941-1945 edited by Martha Shipman Andrews.
For more information on these publications, please contact Kristina Martinez, 575-646-3642 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To order a copy of any of the NMSU Library/ LPD Press Publications, please visit http://nmsantos.com/Mercado/Current-Books/Current-Books.html.