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Permanent Exhibits
THE FLOOD SEASON:
How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch

LINES IN THE SAND: Maps of Territorial New Mexico
. . . tells the stories of how the movements of people, boundaries and governments drew and redrew maps across the New Mexico landscape.
New Exhibits - 2014

Joe Bernal at age 17 in Salinas, California on
September 1, 1945. Courtesy of the U.S. WWII
Oral History Project.
Images of Valor:
U.S. Latinos and Latinas in World War II
Through images and stories, this twelve-panel exhibition provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II. Photographs from the project's archives incorporates contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio. The exhibition focuses on individual stories that reveal larger themes such as citizenship and civil rights and features excerpts from the more than 500 oral history interviews that were part of the project.

The Museum seeks local histories of those who served in the armed forces during WWII or lived in Southwest New Mexico during this time, and invite everyone to pay tribute to these people of valor. Lisa Kirksey, curator of exhibitions, has added a special section for the exhibit, a 'memory wall'. She explains, "We hope to inspire an exchange of thoughts and memories of this era. Visitors can express their immediate reaction to the exhibit, honor a Vet, or openly relate any memory of those who have served in the military and/or on the home front during WWII. Everyone can leave a short note to put on the wall or privately leave a longer account in the WWII history box. We invite you to tell us your story!" [ Press Release ]

Continuing Exhibits
Gila Wild
The Gila became one of the original areas included in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964 with the passage of the Wilderness Act - signed into law on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. Visitors to the Gila Wild exhibit will explore the passage of these events, the land, the people, places and things that have ventured in and out of our neighboring wilderness areas. The exhibit will also have engaging hands - on discovery stations with activities for children and adults outlining the Leave No Trace principles. The seven principles provide a framework that helps public land visitors understand and practice their own minimum impact ethic, regardless of whether they are on a day hike, or a month - long mountaineering expedition

The exhibit will remain on view through December 2014. Throughout the year, guest speakers, community organizations, and even a mule or two will be providing a schedule of lectures and family fun activities as we celebrate the Gila Wild. A special birth day for Smokey Bear is being planned, too.
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Parece Que Fue Ayer
The Grant County Chicano Music Project
March 22 through July 20 – An exhibit of original photos and memorabilia of Chicano musicians who played in Grant County from the post-World War II era to the present. These are selections from the original 2013 exhibit held at Western New Mexico University. The exhibition was organized by the Grant County Chicano Music Project.

Musicians pictured in the "Cuchillo" band photo:
Back: JoJo Murillo, Danny Córdova, Rudy Valencia, Ray Valencia, Larry Murillo, Jimmie Arellano, Front: Max Murillo
Exhibit open during Museum hours - March 22 through July 20
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Historic District Window Exhibits
Historic Districts Interpretive window exhibits are on display facing the Courtyard.

Each of the four districts has a map, with corresponding information about the history and architecture of the district.

The maps interpret the unique buildings and history of Silver City, and the importance of historic preservation.
Walking tours of three historic districts include:
  • Historic Business District,
  • La Capilla,
  • Gospel Hill.
Each tour includes maps, illustrations, and histories of specific buildings in the tour area. These materials are currently available for free, while supplies last, at the Silver City Museum and the Murray Ryan Visitor Center.