Tesoro Cultural Center’s Historic Lecture Series

Join Tattered Cover and Tesoro Cultural Center for an ongoing Historic Lecture Series.

This is a non-ticketed event. Seating is first come first serve.

The Sunday lectures are as follows:

October 17, 2021  -  Dr. David Wrobel – “The Global West that Women Made”

Dr. David Wrobel is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, David L. Boren Professor (2016-) and Merrick Chair of Western American History (2011-) at the University of Oklahoma (OU).  His books    include America’s West: A History, 1890-1950 (2017); Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (2013); Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West (2002); and The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal (1993). Dr. Wrobel is working on a “John Steinbeck’s America: A Cultural History, 1930-1968,” and serves as Visiting Scholar for the National Steinbeck Center (Salinas, CA).


October 24, 2021  -  Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout

An award-winning historian, author, and musician, Mark Lee Gardner has appeared on the History Channel, PBS American Experience, ABC World News, AMC, the Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, Encore Westerns Channel, Book TV, NPR's All Things Considered, Irish National Radio, and BBC Radio.  He writes for both popular and scholarly audiences, having published with numerous periodicals and websites such as The Daily Beast, National Geographic History, American Heritage, Wild West, American Cowboy, True West, New Mexico Magazine, and Journal of the West.  His op-eds have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on FoxNews.com.  Mark's previous books include the critically lauded To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett and Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape.  He is currently researching famed Lakota leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull for a dual biography to be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins.

His interest sparked by the Scottish and German craftsmen of the community in which he was raised, Rex Rideout has studied the trades and skills of the 19th Century for more than 30 years. His strongest interests have been in woodworking and metalwork with axes and other edge tools. He's been involved in restoring and stabilizing many log buildings and other historic structures.

Rex is also a long-time student of the music and songs of the 19th-Century American West. As the proprietor of Time Travel Music, Rex has performed at countless historic sites and museums across the West. His music has also been featured on television and radio. Rex plays many musical instruments: mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, and tin whistle, to name just a few. He usually joins historian Mark Gardner for Venues of the early West. How 19th-Century Americans obtained their food, shelter, and entertainment is a fascinating study, and Rex eagerly shares his findings during his living-history engagements.


January 9, 2022  -  Dr. Charles Nicholas Saenz  - “History of the San Luis Valley”

Charles Nicholas Saenz is associate professor of history at Adams State University and former president of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. His work has been published in the Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and The San Luis Valley Historian. He consults for History Colorado, the state historical society, on its Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibits and programming, and appeared on Rocky Mountain PBS.


January 23, 2022  -  Dr. Tom Noel

Tom Noel, often introduced in media interviews as Dr. Colorado, is an American historian specializing in the history of the Rocky Mountain West, and especially of the state of Colorado. He is a retired Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he taught classes in the history of the American West, Colorado, Denver, historic preservation, mining and railroads, national parks, and Western art and architecture. He is the co-author or author of more than fifty books, numerous articles, and newspaper columns


February 27, 2022  -  Dr. Alice Baumgartner – South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

Alice Baumgartner is the author of South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War. The book tells the story of the enslaved people who escaped to Mexico in the four decades leading up to the Civil War. Reconstructing that story – and its forgotten significance to slavery in the United States – took her to 28 archives in three countries. 

Baumgartner received a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2018. She now teaches history at the University of Southern California.


March 6, 2022  -  Dr. Charles Carrillo – “The Penitentes and Alabados: the History of the Sanctuario of Chimayo

Charles M. Carrillo is an artist, author, and archaeologist known particularly for creating art using Spanish colonial techniques that reflect 18th century Spanish New Mexico. Carrillo has blended craft, conservation, and innovation throughout his career as a santero, a carver and painter of images of saints. The depiction of saints for religious purposes dates to the 18th century in Hispanic New Mexican communities.

Carrillo's work has shown throughout the country and is in many permanent collections in museums throughout the United States including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Denver Art Museum.

Carrillo is also the winner of numerous awards including the National Heritage Fellowship Award bestowed upon him by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carillos earned a doctorate in anthropology/archaeology from the University of New Mexico, but his true commitment to tradition has led him to work within the religious community of northern New Mexico as an artist and an advocate. A generous mentor, he has inspired numerous artists to pursue the native techniques, values, and devotional spirit of the santeros.


March 20, 2022  -  Dr. David Beyreis  -  “If you had fought bravely, I would have sung for you.”: Changing Roles of Cheyenne Women During the 19th Century Plains Warfare

David Beyreis is a historian of the Great Plains and Southwest Borderlands.  His research focuses primarily on intercultural contact – both conflict and cooperation – during the nineteenth century.  He is the author of Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920 and several articles on the Bents and the Cheyenne.  His work has received awards and commendations from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Western Writers of America.  He teaches history at Ursuline Academy of Dallas.


April 10, 2022  -  Francois Marie Patorni  - The French in New Mexico

François-Marie Patorni, a French American, is an independent scholar living in Santa Fe. He specializes in the history of the French-speaking people in New Mexico and the American southwest.

Born and raised in Paris, he received various degrees in France (Master’s Degrees in Mathematics and in Physics, 1966; alumnus of the Institute for Political Studies, Paris, 1967/68; post-graduate degree from the National School for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry, 1968). He spent two years in rural Chad in the French equivalent of the Peace Corps, and some more time in Togo, Benin, and Algeria. Then he decided to try the American experience, earning an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia (1972). 

He came to New Mexico in 2004, and was an environmental advocate in the Santa Fe area, including being president of the Santa Fe Watershed Association for 7 years. Here he realized the extraordinarily rich history of the French, French Canadians, and other French-speaking people.


May 1, 2022  -  Dee Cordry  -  Southern Cheyenne History and the Bents

Dee Cordry is an historian of Oklahoma and an author of several books on Western History.

Dee Cordry recently retired from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, where he worked as a special agent in the Computer Crime Unit.

Event Location: 
Colfax Avenue