THE FLOOD SEASON:
How Silver City's Main Street Became the Big Ditch
. . . tells the stories of how the movements of people, boundaries and governments drew and redrew maps across the New Mexico landscape.
Photographs in this exhibit record some Southern New Mexico ghost towns as seen by then-college-student Karl Kernberger from 1959 through 1967. The exhibit includes scenes of the Black Range bonanza towns of Hillsboro, Kingston, Chloride, and Lake Valley; the towns of Old Hachita and Shakespeare in New Mexico's desert "bootheel" country; and Mogollon, and Alma in the Mogollon Mountains. Closest to Silver City are Georgetown and Old Tyrone as they looked in 1961. Many of the photographs in this exhibit are original prints meticulously developed by Kernberger himself. Each town has its own story, which were collected from residents by Karl Kernberger and Michael Jenkinson and are included in their book Ghost Towns of New Mexico, Playthings of the Wind
published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1967.Open during Museum hours - through April 26, 2014.
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Museum Members Preview - September 6, 3:00-4:00pm,
Exhibit Opening - 4:00-6:00pm
From the private collection of Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts, the collection includes works in the forms of santos, retablos, bultos, colcha, tinwork, and other media depicting saints and other traditional themes. Fifteen years ago the exhibit first travelled to museums, libraries and universities throughout the Southwest and California. As guest curators in planning for the Silver City Museum exhibit, Barbe Awalt and Paul Rhetts added a new element to the exhibit with an emphasis on the role of Hispanic New Mexican art in mass-produced items.Open during Museum hours - through March 2, 2014.
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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.