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Branigan Book Club to Discuss “The Milagro Beanfield War”

Accompanying the March exhibit entitled The Building of the Hoover Dam: Photographs by Winthrop A. Davis 1930-1934, the Cultural Connections Book Club will discuss John Nichols’ The Milagro Beanfield War on Wednesday, March 19, 2-4pm.

This novel captures the heart of the complex political, cultural, emotional, and economic discourses that characterize water rights’ discussions in the Southwest. Chronicling the events surrounding the decision of a small farm owner to tap into irrigation canals to which he has no water rights, The Milagro Beanfield War examines the conflicting claims on water in the desert. The book garnered critical acclaim when it was first published in 1974 and was made into a movie, directed by Robert Redford, in 1988. It has since been considered a mainstay of New Mexico literature, for both its descriptions of rural New Mexico life and its unforgettable cast of characters.

Please read The Milagro Beanfield War and join us for a discussion of the book on Wednesday, March 19, from 2-4 pm at the Branigan Cultural Center.

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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