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Acequia Culture in the Mesilla Valley

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Acequia Culture in the Mesilla Valley will examine the complex history of communal waterworks maintenance in our area. Although acequias are more commonly associated with northern New Mexico, such systems were in use for generations throughout the Southwest. Here and elsewhere, bringing people together to negotiate water rights and care for communal acequias and other waterwork features results in cultural impacts that reach far beyond the fields.

Guzmán is completing a Masters in Public History at New Mexico State University. His work focuses on the environment of the southwestern United States and the interactions between people and land.

History Notes, monthly lectures on historical topics, take place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Please check our webpage for facebook for a full listing of these and other Branigan Cultural Center public programs.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at

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