Hear history come alive with a talk by William B. Boehm, historian at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, and former archivist and curator at the New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections Department.
Boehm’s talk, “Passage to the American Century: Pancho Villa, The National Defense Act and National Guard Mexican Border Service” will be on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10 AM on the fourth floor of the Branson Library on the NMSU Campus. It is free to the public.
Boehm argues that Villa’s raid of Columbus, N.M., on March 9, 1916 brought about the wrath of the United States. “Less known, but of equal or greater importance, was the National Guard’s response immediately following mission into the state of Chihuahua, part of a campaign formally known as Mexican Border Service,” said Boehm. “It was the first such mobilization of its kind without the formal declaration of war in the country’s history.”
His presentation will discuss the aftermath of the Pancho Villa raid and the events following the start of the Punitive Expedition in March 1916, focusing on the efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico border and create legislation to effectively put state National Guards into federal status for the national defense, which resulted in the national mobilization of the entire Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border in May to June 1916.
William B. (Bill) Boehm grew up in Alamogordo, N.M., and completed undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1987. He enrolled at the graduate history program at New Mexico State University. Boehm worked on various writing projects that focused on Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, and Holloman Air Force Base, and other cultural resource projects. He later joined the staff of the New Mexico State University Library in 2000, working as an archivist and curator.
Boehm now works with the Historical Services Branch of the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va., as a historian. He has contributed numerous articles on Guard history, as well as a screenplay for a documentary video on the 375th anniversary of the National Guard. His publications include In Katrina’s Wake: The National Guard on the Gulf Coast, 2005 (2010); Quarters One: The Story of a Historic Home and its Residents (2012), and the latest monograph, The National Guard State Partnership Program: Forging and Maintaining Effective Security Cooperation Partnerships for the 21st Century (2014).